Nov. 11, 2007
UNI Coach Ben Jacobson:
On the strength of UMass as an opponent:
"We knew we were going to get that type of game when they agreed to play in this event. Coach (Travis) Ford has done a tremendous job, and they have a very talented team. We knew this game was coming, and it was a great job by our guys to respond."
On Eric Coleman and Adam Koch's poise at the free-throw line:
"To have Koch up there making nearly all his shots and have Eric making free throws like that shows they've worked hard and they're prepared to do so (in a close game)."
On how UNI's experience playing as Team USA in Thailand this summer has helped the team:
"Jordan (Egleseder), Adam (Koch) and Kerwin (Dunham) all, without our trip to Thailand, wouldn't have that experience. We played good teams in Thailand and it prepared us for a good team tonight in UMass. We saw the benefits from that trip tonight."
On Jared Josten's success after moving to point guard:
"It was just eight or nine or 10 days ago with the injury to (starting point guard) Kwadzo Ahelegbe that he found out he would be making the switch. It's not like he had all summer to plan for it. Now, he's a totally different young man than he was three years ago because he's made a real commitment."
On the value of starting the season at home against quality competition:
On the contributions of sophomore Adam Koch against UMass:
"To get three wins, get them in front of our fans and to play at such a high level is great experience for our guys. We really had to make some plays. Before we started Friday night (against Northern Illinois), I wasn't sure how we'd play offensively. Once we got going, though, I felt better about how well we can play."
"He didn't take many shots Friday or Saturday, but he played well all weekend. As he continues to gain confidence, and he will, he's a guy we'll be able to count on for big minutes and big numbers."
UMass Coach Travis Ford:
On the value of Sunday's loss to UNI:
"I told our players in the locker room to never accept losing. There are no moral victories, but were there positives? Yes, definitely. I think most teams would have folded the tent when they got down like we did."
On the difference in the game:
"Give Northern Iowa credit. They're a good basketball team and they don't make many mistakes, and they are relentless on defense. I thought that we made mistakes at crucial times, though."
On the full-court press that helped his team narrow the score in the second half:
"Northern Iowa is a big, physical basketball team and we're not. That's just not who we are. I thought we did fatigue them late in the game, though."
On his team's poor 3-point shooting:
"When you rely on the 3 as much as we do and you got 5-for-28, you'd look at the box score and think we'd have lost by 50. That says a lot for effort that our guys fought back. There's a lot to be learned from this basketball game, and we'll learn from it."