Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: Rhode Island 71, UMass 59

Feb. 18, 2009

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Head Coach Derek Kellogg's general comments

It is getting a little redundant to play great basketball for 36 minutes and then in the last four minutes figure out a way to lose yourself instead of the other team totally executing. We played great on Baron, did a great job on Seawright. Cothran had a career night, which obviously was not in the game plan. I thought we played pretty hard, but to give up 60 percent and to get outrebounded by 12 in the second half is kind of a resounding theme of the team. When the team is not playing defense in front of the bench, we are not quite as talkative or as energetic. It could be that guys are playing too many minutes, it could be that we are not talking enough on defense. There could be a lot of different excuses, but I'm not really one for excuses. We are going to try to move on and get ready for St. Joe's on Sunday.

Coach Kellogg on calling timeout with nine seconds left

I told them that the game is never over. Don't just let them shoot a layup. Why are we going to let a guy just go down there and get a layup. We play until the final buzzer. That is what I told them. We are trying to get a mentality here that you play for 40 minutes every single night out. I think we usually play for 36 or 37 minutes a game.

Coach Kellogg on going down the stretch

I am preaching that every single day. That we have competed with numerous teams in the top-100 RPI and against the best teams in this league. We have beat some, not beat some, and been right there at the end of the games. A little bit more from each guy, and then some guy come out of nowhere to do something to help us. Maybe David Gibbs turns a corner. Tyrell Lynch played as good as he played all year. I should have played him more in the second half. I should have gone to a big line-up with Gaffney, Bonner, and Lynch and try to control the backboards. In hindsight, that is probably what I would have done. I am waiting for those guys to step their game up and give us a boost. I am confident that we can beat anyone in this league on any given night. I am confident that we can go to Atlantic City and play well and have a chance to do something. I keep preaching every single day that you guys are as good as anyone in this league. They just have to believe it. I believe it. They are the ones that are out there that have to make plays and have to do it.

Tony Gaffney on loss to URI
I am at a loss for words. We get the ball to a senior down low and he can't put it in. I missed about six layups. It is just frustrating. We held them to 28 points in the first half when we were playing defense right in front of our bench. We had the coaches and our bench helping us and then we go into the second half and can't finish. It is just the same thing every game. We gave up 60 percent, 45 points and got outrebounded 19-7 in the second half. Until someone steps up, and it should be one of us, it should be a senior, and says, `I'm going to take this game over and be tough. I'm not letting us lose,' we are going to continue to throw games away at the end and our season will end before we know it.

Gaffney on losing in final minutes
I thought we had a lot of good shots, especially in the first half, we just didn't finish. You are writing the same story over and over again. We don't finish plays. We get layups down low, and most of the time we usually finish that, but tonight we found another way to throw the game away.

Head Coach Jim Baron's general comments

We knew this game was going to be a battle. We knew this was a good team, they beat Kansas, they beat Temple. We knew it was going to be a hard fought battle. In the first half we missed a lot of shots and turned the ball over. At halftime I told my guys, in the second half whoever rebounds the basketball is going to win this game. In the first half they out rebounded us by nine, but we ended up out rebounding them 37-34 for the game. I can't be more proud of our kids, they really stepped up. Kahiem went down with an ankles sprain but the rest of the guys showed a lot of fortitude. This team loves to come back. We stepped up and made the plays down the stretch and executed.

Coach Baron on bench scoring

It was tremendous, the number of guys that stepped up. The whole team stepped up. You need a lot of guys to step up, one or two guys can't do it all.

Coach Baron on never settling down

It was a hard fought game, I don't think we ever settled down. We were on edge the whole game. They are a good team, they had something to prove because they were coming off a tough loss to St. Bonaventure. We knew it was going to be a tough place to play, the students here were tremendous.




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