Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: UMass 74, St. Bonaventure 58

Feb. 5, 2005

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Head Coach Steve Lappas opening comments:
I thought that our guys did a very good job, especially coming off a week layoff. I thought that we were focused on both ends of the court. I was pleased with our overall effort as well as our effort on the glass. I wasn't pleased with the last seven minutes of the game, but at that point, things were well in hand. We had Deli (Jeff Salovski) out there with Lawrence Carrier for a significant amout of time. That helps them get the experience that they need because they're a big part of what we're doing.Not having Jeff Viggiano in the second half didn't help either as he's the glue that keeps this team together.

Lappas on Viggiano's ankle injury:
He tweaked the same ankle again, but not the same spot. It's not a strain or a sprain, but still bothering him.

Lappas on the week layoff:
I really did not like having the week off. Coming off a loss, it would have felt better playing during the week rather wait a week. That's the way it fell and we did a good job today.I thought we got the most out of our week off and we did an excelent job executing today

Lappas on shot selection and turnovers:
I thought we took all good shots tonight, the only negative is the turnovers. We're shooting 45% in the league as a team. Instead of 20 turnovers we should have 12. Those eight extra shots are eight to 10 points that we need. We've got to take care of the ball.

Lappas on the turn out:
I was very pleased with our crowd today. To get 3700 people on Saturday at Noon was great and I thought the crowd was terrific.

Rashaun Freeman on the team's overall performance against St. Bonaventure:
For the most part we passed the ball around, which is great because when you pass the ball more you score more. When we pass the way we did today we can put a lot of points on the board. Today turnovers were the only thing that held us back. With fewer turnovers we definitely could have scored more points, but overall I was very happy about how we played and especially with the way we moved the ball.



Anthony Anderson on the Minutemen winning a lopsided game this season:
This win felt good. I was asking the guys all year, when are we going to finally blow somebody out? When are we going to be comfortable with ten minutes left in the game knowing that we are going to win? We finally got one, and now we are looking to build on that.

Anderson on his leadership role late in the game against the Bonnies:
I just told the guys let's go. The game is forty minutes long. We always preach about playing forty minutes in the locker room and in the huddle and there was still three minutes left to go in the game. I was just trying to tell the guys that forty minutes were not up yet.

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