Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: Saint Joseph's 98, UMass 92

Jan. 9, 2008

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Travis Ford on the game
Saint Joe's is a terrific team. They look like a team who had ten days to prepare for us. They had terrific execution. The first half was very frustrating for us. St. Joe's made some great shots. We were not very competitive and we need to get tougher. In this league, if you are not ready, then you are left behind and they did not show their competitive nature tonight.

Coach Ford on preparation
We could not see this coming tonight. I thought we would respond better. St. Joseph's is a much tougher and more physical team; especially on the inside. We played pretty tonight, while they played hard. We were out-rebounded by 15, and we gave up 21 points and 15 rebounds to their third best player.

Coach Ford on Nivens
He is tougher than all of the players we have on the inside. We need to be more physical. He man-handled us. If he did not get tired in the end, he could have scored 40 points. We let him do what he wanted.

Coach Ford on the defensive switch at halftime
We changed our defense to trapping later, but it was really the second shots that killed us. Every time we would get back in the game, they would come up with a huge second shot. When something is on the line, things need to switch. Luckily, it is not too late in the season for a change to happen. This league is a physical and an aggressive league, and tonight we were on the soft-side.

Ricky Harris on what went wrong
We dug ourselves into a hole and we were sluggish. In Atlantic-10 play, you need to bring your best game. We need to learn from this, and in practice tomorrow, we will try to learn from all of our mistakes. It is tough playing from behind for the whole game, but we need to learn to bounce back.

Phil Martelli on the game
I was so impressed with watching the speed and the freewheeling kind of plays that UMass made. We wanted to make a concentrated effort. Lowe is the guy that makes them go and to hold him to 8 pts was terrific. I said to Travis that what they have done and the way that they retooled them selves. We wanted to take speed out of the game but we were unable to do that. We played some zone. We still have work to do in terms of completion of the game and playing it all the way out. When we have Ahmad [Nivins] going like that I think that we are going to be hard to guard.

Coach Martelli on playing tough teams
I think we are who we are 7-4. We have had a chance against teams and lost when other teams have gone and done it. I am delighted for games like this. I put on our board tonight that we want to earn ours. Not let anyone give it to us. Tonight we lined up against one of the top teams in the league and we came out with a win.




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