Postgame Quotes: Duquesne 94, UMass 77
Feb. 25, 2009
Head Coach Derek Kellogg's general comments
I thought we started the game pretty well and didn't really take advantage of some opportunities that were there early on. When Duquesne came back at us, we didn't respond very well. I thought we went on our heels. We didn't quite battle back as hard as I would have liked. They made a ton of shots. We gave them 94 points. It looked liked one team was just superior athletically. They were flying and we weren't running as fast. If we weren't going to be able to take advantage of that game with our size, we might as well have been playing five guards ourselves. They did a nice job. They made shots. They shot 57 percent. They scored 94 points, and that's something that on your own court, you don't want to happen.
Coach Kellogg on losing at home
It's very frustrating because one thing I want to be able to do is be able to play well at home and hold a home court advantage. I want to be tough and want teams to not want to come in here. I would say right now, teams come in here and think it's going to be a shoot out. We're going to be able to score points and it's going to be a free pass for a wide open game. If you looked at teams that have given us problems throughout the course of the season, they have been the very athletic teams. I thought Duquesne was one of the more athletic teams I've seen this year, from Houston to Vanderbilt to these guys.
Chris Lowe on frustrating losses
It is very frustrating. It's not just one person, it's everyone that was put in that game- all ten of us. We gave them this game. We didn't even fight. They are very athletic team. They don't have a dominant five or four man. They get out and run. You can't make excuses, but it was hard for us when we have Luke as a traditional five man. He plays in the post, but their five man plays on the wing. You can't make any excuses. They had a better night than us. They were more athletic than us.
Chris Lowe on athletic teams
It's going to be different because we're not the same athletic team we were last year. It is very different this year when we come out against a real athletic team. That's what they work on every day. We could have switched the game plan up, but they just had a better night than us. They're more athletic than us. They made plays and we didn't make any plays.
Anthony Gurley on matching up with their athleticism
It was hard at times to pick up guys and match up. We needed to communicate more. I think that's what lead to some of their baskets and transition. We needed to get back on defense.
Duquesne Head Coach Ron Everhart thoughts for tonight's game
Coach Everhart on preparing for UMass' defense
Coach Everhart on playing on the road
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