Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: LaSalle 80, UMass 74

Jan. 10, 2010

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- Opening statement from Coach Derek Kellogg
I thought it was a game of two halves. We played a very good first half. I thought we controlled the first half. We played them even on the boards and then the second half, I would say the key factor was that they out rebounded us by 15 or 17 boards. At times their older more mature guys made some plays and I thought the kid Murray had a good a second half as I have seen him have all season. They played good, made some shots that as a coach you play the percentages. Do you want to get Rodney Green posting up or Murray or Mekongo or Williams make some shots from the outside. In the second half, I thought that they knocked down just about every open shot and they were pretty good in their zone, particularly Murray in the middle.

Coach Kellogg on Freddie Riley's performance
Freddie was great, for that run there he single handily put us on his back. We tried to pick up the tempo of the game, play a little bit faster. I think that got us some open shots. We pressed them a little more than we have all season and Freddie did tonight what I have envisioned him doing as a member of the UMass Minutemen. When you see a freshman get 22 points it looks good for the rest of the season and the future. He gave us some quality minutes and I am going to try to play him more.

Ricky Harris talks about the second half.
I thought we came out flat in the second half, we gave them the momentum and they ran away with it. They also out rebounded us in the second half. Its tough, we work on it every day, and this being our home court, we had the crowd behind us we should have made free throws, but we have to get over it and get back to work.

Freddie Riley on how a big scoring night like tonight affects his shot selection
I am confident when I am in a groove like that. I just try to make shots, take good shots so that they keep going in. When you are in a groove and you start taking bad shots, you will most likely start missing so I just try to take good shots.

Ricky Harris on the effect Aaric Murray had on the second half of the game
He definitely played a major part. He altered a lot of shots on our drives to the basket, mine in particular. He was long so he got a lot of offensive rebounds, which helped their team out. He made some tough plays down the stretch, some tough baskets.

Opening Statement from LaSalle coach Dr. John Giannini
Anytime you get a conference win you have to be thrilled. I think this conference is going to have an amazing race this year. UMass has proven with some of their wins this year. They have very good talent, they are young but they are going to continue to do well. We're thrilled to win. I thought our effort was outstanding, we made some free throws late, we played some good defense late. We did some simple things. Sometimes simple things win basketball games, like defense, and rebounding and effort Tonight our guys game thru with those things.

Coach Giannini talks about his teaming coming out in the second half.
I don't think either team did anything strategically different. Games have ebbs and flows, people have ebbs and flows. You don't play the same all the time. [Having Aaric Murray back] certainly helped. I thought Aaric had his best game of the year. He's a young player and we are going to build some things around him. Like a lot of young players he has struggled here and there, but he's listening and he's responding.




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