Feb. 23, 2005
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Head Coach Steve Lappas on his team performance:
"I took a while in the locker room because I was happy we won, I told the guys that we have proven we are good, but to take the step to be great we got to tighten things up, so we don't put us into position where a ball gets tipped out and they hit a three at the three and you lose by one. We were in control the whole game; there was no reason why we shouldn't have won that game by six or eight. I was disappointed at some of things we did. Rashaun went 6-17, and I think only one of those shots was from outside of the lane. So Ray didn't have a great game even though he had 24 and 17. It was probably the difference in us winning the game by 10 or 12 or having to go to overtime. We have got some things to tighten up, but winning along the way is the important thing. We are good, but our goal is to be great. We have some things to work with and we need to do that."
Lappas on his playing Anthony Anderson:
"I didn't want to play him, but Chadwick got his second foul, and I didn't like the way it was going. Anthony hasn't practiced in 10 days, but he said he was ready. Hopefully he will be good to go by Saturday."
Lappas the team controlling their own destiny:
"I told the guys, this is the biggest game that has been played here in February in a while. It is the biggest game in six years."
Coach Steve Lappas on the gritty victory:
"I told the guys that at the end of the year, you don't look at how it was played, you look at the numbers. Al that matters is that we won. That number was right for us tonight."
Chris Chadwick on his overtime play:
just penetrated and they were playing off of me all game. It was there so I just took it."
Rashaun Freeman on his 17 rebounds:
"I knew I had to be a factor. We all had to contribute with rebounds. Going into the game, I knew we had to do that in order to win. They're the best rebounding team in the A-10, so I knew I had to be a factor."
Freeman on the team's 5-0 record in overtime:
"We all hate it. When it comes down to that situation, we are comfortable because we have been there before. We don't panic like another team will. We're focused and we know that if we stay together, we can get it done. They said we're going to break a record, and I don't want to do that. We don't want to get into that situation, but if we do, we feel comfortable."
Freeman on his 11-12 performance from the foul line:
"The first couple of shots I made, they felt good out of my hands. The more I got fouled, the more comfortable I felt on the line."