Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: Richmond 67, UMass 63

Jan. 30, 2005

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Head coach Steve Lappas on the loss:
"That was the first time we found ourselves in that position and didn't come through. We couldn't get a defensive stop when we needed one, and a couple of plays in the last minute made the difference."

Lappas on allowing big runs:
"Every time we have one of those, we don't score inside. Rashaun (Freeman) gets doubled, we don't get the ball to him, or he's out of the game. We turn the ball over, too. Don't get me wrong. We don't score from outside, either."

Lappas on Jeff Viggiano's impact on the game:
"I thought Jeff's second half stint was much better than his first. You always feel he did all he could do to help us win. That's Jeff in a nutshell."

Maurice Maxwell on allowing big runs by opponents:
"Our focus and our energy seem to go down. The other team takes notice, and they draw blood."

Maxwell on losing a close game for the first time this season:
"We thought we could win every close game. But you can execute and play hard and if you're always in close games, a little luck can decide it at the end."

Anthony Anderson on his late missed free throws:
"When I missed the first one, I thought I'd knock down the second one. When I missed the second one, I thought I'd knock down the third one. It really didn't affect my concentration."

Richmond coach Jerry Wainwright on his team pulling out a close game:
"My first thought was, why did I ever attempt to do this for a living. You have no control over anything in your life. The big play for us was the tip-out. It ran time and gave us a chance to get up by four. That changes the whole game."

Wainwright on how the win will help his team grow:
" "With a younger team, there's a tendency when you're teaching to point to things that you've done. A positive lesson at this time of year really helps your team. You can point to this down the road and say, 'Look what happened at UMass.'"



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