Nov. 11, 2007
UMass Coach Travis Ford
On starting the season with two wins:
"Overall, we're glad to be 2-0. A win is a win. We're disappointed in losing a lead like that, but we played well in stretches. We're inexperienced and we're young, but I'm happy with the win."
On what kept things close:
"Overall, \we did not play that well tonight, and we had too many turnovers tonight. We need to take care of the ball, and we have to play much better tomorrow to beat a much better UNI team."
On the condition of Chris Lowe:
"Chris Lowe is banged up and out of the lineup. He won't play tomorrow."
On the contributions of Ricky Harris, who scored 20 points:
"Harris got off to a good start and played well. He's a great scorer."
On Gary Forbes' play following a 22-point performance:
"Forbes had a good game overall, but he was still forcing some things."
On Sunday's opponent, UNI:
"They are much like us, because they're young. I can't really find any weaknesses in them."
Northern Illinois Head Coach Ricardo Patton
On team effort:
"I was really pleased with our guys effort. I think we discovered something about ourselves in terms of being aggressive. I spoke to the guys at halftime about not only playing hard, but playing smart. We had 18 turnovers in the first half, so we weren't playing smart. That's something we have to do better is take care of the basketball. In terms of our effort, I thought our effort was good. We could have folded tent and we didn't."
"Looking back at yesterday's game, we talked to our team tonight in getting better tonight in one area. I didn't think we could fix it all in one night. If we could improve in one area, we thought it had to be rebounding. We had 20 offensive boards against their eight. That's how you're supposed to play the game. That speaks directly towards your aggressiveness. To out-rebound that team says a lot about our team. That's something we can continue to build off and now we need to fix another area, and the guys chose turnovers. To continue to be aggressive on the glass and then shore up our turnovers."
"The resiliency speaks volumes for the hearts of the young men. We knew it was going to be a tough beginning, but as long as we continue to fight, we'll get better in whatever it is we do."
n senior play:
"I was really proud of our seniors play. I thought the seniors did a nice job of trying to lead the way for the young guys. Egan obviously did a great job with a double-double. He's a young man who hasn't played a lot of minutes early on. I could always see the look in his eyes each game that he wants to play and do well. I tell all the guys, 'If you earn it, you'll get it'. He's earned a chance to play .