Men's Basketball

 
Postgame Quotes: UMass 90, UAM 71




Nov. 11, 2008

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Derek Kellogg on winning his first game:
"Absolutely. It feels great. At least tonight. Progress is great, and we made some. But (Arkansas-Monticello) fought and scrapped and no, I'm not satisfied. We've got a long season ahead, and I don't know if I'll ever be satisfied.

"It was a good team win. It's good to learn from a win. We have some things we have to get better at.

"When guys respond and do what you ask them to do there's no better feeling. There's no more frustrating feeling when guys don't do what you're asking them."

Kellogg on his postgame:
"We had a nice discussion. I just said it was time for our seniors to take over."

Kellogg on the frontcourt:
"Tony Gaffney played the way we need him to play if we're going to do anything special here. Luke Bonner had a stretch where he played well. He just got into foul trouble."

Kellogg on Matt Hill:
"He's been great in practice for the last three days. Matt has been aggressive, and he's been rebounding."

Kellogg on Southern Illinois:
"I love their tenacity and toughness. I'm impressed by them. It will be interesting to see how our quickness matches up against their size, hopefully with a great game as a result."

Tony Gaffney on the frontcourt
"We know our guards are phenomenal, but amongst ourselves, we know what our frontcourt can do. When we hear that our frontcourt is weak, we know we played behind some great players, the past three years. No one has gotten a chance to see what we can really do. We're out to prove something.

"For (two) years, we've been playing behind some great players. No one has seen what we can do, and we're out to prove ourselves."

 

 

Luke Bonner on the frontcourt:
"People have seen what our guards can do. There are questions about our forwards, and probably rightfully so, but I'm excited about having a bigger role."

Ricky Harris on 3-point shooting:
"I don't think it changes things that much. If I'm open, I still have the confidence. It doesn't change the shot selection. It wasn't like our toes were always on the line when we shot them last year."

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