UMass-Saint Louis Postgame Quotes
Feb. 21, 2010
Head Coach Derek Kellogg's Opening Statement
Well that was a tough game to play and coach and probably watch. They did a great job in controlling the tempo on both ends of the floor. Defensively they made us take tough shots; offensively they moved the ball and wore us down. They set a lot of ball screens and they really took advantage of our young guys on occasion. It was a tough game for our team and our style, but one that I thought if we played a little smarter and a little tougher we might have been able to come out with the win, but unfortunately that's not the case. That's a team that for some reason has found a way to win a ton of close games this year. They are figuring out a way to win with a pretty good team.
Coach Kellogg on how to stop St. Louis' patient offense
Well I was hoping we could score and make them have to play a little faster. When the tempo was picked up in the first half we were fortunate enough to cut it to one at the end of the half. You have to be tough, get over screens and make them take tough shots. We made some mistakes and they made us pay dearly.
Coach Kellogg on the momentum shift after Reed's tip with 1 second on the shot clock
That was a well designed play for them where they just threw it about as high as you can and he did a good job of getting it in. We had played great defense up until that point so that was a big momentum changer.
Coach Kellogg on having only two consistent scorers
It is difficult; we are looking for a third or fourth option every game. Ricky has been the one guy we can continuously rely on. Anthony has done it in spurts, Vinson has done it in spurts and Freddie has done it on occasion. When you are relying on a freshman to be that second and third guy its hard. Anthony is the guy we need to become a little more consistent and do that.
Coach Kellogg on Sampson Carter's performance
I thought Sampson played well at times; he still gets tired too fast. I think he is playing too much so when the game gets moving he gets tired a little quickly and there are some mental mistakes that come with that. But I thought he did well, he is going to continue to play more as the season goes on.
Coach Kellogg on Terrell Vinson becoming more assertive on offense
I thought he was great. I probably should have gotten him the ball even more tonight. He went for 19 and 8, but there were a few plays that he got over-powered physically and missed some point blank shots.
Coach Kellogg on the last couple weeks of the season
I am probably going to sleep on whether to push them even harder or back off a little bit and give them some rest. I always think back to when I was a player or an assistant coach. This time of year you want to make sure they are mentally and physically still into the season and ready to go; and these guys have been. However, I also know that when you are playing a lot of freshman and first year guys and they are playing a lot of minutes and the season is starting to drag on, they hit a wall at some point. I don't want this team to hit a wall, and I have to make sure we fight through any fatigue and make sure they get enough rest.
Ricky Harris on Saint Louis's toughness
I'd say they're a well coached team. Their defense was on of the best we've seen all year. They help each other, and they are one of the best teams we've played.
Terrell Vinson on trying to be more aggressive
Yeah, Ricky and I were trying to get their big men in foul trouble, so they wouldn't be able to affect the game as much.
Ricky Harris on taking steps backwards since last week
I'd say we have, we had two big wins a couple weeks ago and we let that get away from us. I think we got complacent, and let off the pedal a little bit. We have to start coming out and winning games, because we are not as talented as a lot of other teams in the league. We need to execute differently so we can win games, and I don't think that is the way it's going right now.
Terrell Vinson on pulling out of double digit deficit, and then falling right back in
Yeah, its frustrating ... there were a couple of three's we have up, that let them get ahead again.
Terrell Vinson on Reed's tip in shot with one second left on shot clock
They collapsed on our defense, and we shouldn't have given it up. I'm not sure what happened.
Yeah, not having him today was tough. He's a big part of the team, our junk-yard dog. I wouldn't say he's the reason that we lost though.
- Saint Louis Coach Rick Majerus on Willie Reed's alley-oop in the second half:
Majerus on Reed handling the physicality of the game:
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