Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: UMass- Green Bay

Nov. 17, 2007

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Travis Ford on the game
Tonight is as close to how I want to play, that we've played thus far. The pace of the game was there. We got up around 30 three-point shots again, which we have in our exhibition games. I thought our defense created a lot of our fast breaks. I thought our defense was better but it was nothing to write home about. Our defense helped us create our offense, which we haven't been getting in our first four games. I was very excited about our execution, first half especially. It didn't have a lot to do with us it had a lot to do with Green Bay, they are a very good basketball team. They are a solid, Atlantic 10 type team. We just took a lot of them with the three-point shots. I loved the tempo of the game and the pace of the game. I thought our guys were into it and together tonight.

Travis Ford on Gary Forbes
Gary was great tonight. Tonight is the very first college game that his dad has ever seen him play. His dad came up to the game and I think he played a little more focused. I was really excited that he got to play well for him. His brother was here as well, but his dad has never gotten to see him play.

Gary Forbes on his back-to-back threes
Coach told me if I feel comfortable enough to shoot, shoot the ball. I felt like the team needed it and the crowd got into it. I hit those shots in practice so it was easy for me to hit them in the game.

Forbes on the game
It was great in the first half I thought that we slacked up a little bit in the second half but those are the things that we have to work on in film and see where the gaps were. Coach was really excited and pleased with our first half performance.

Tony Gaffney on his energy
We love seeing each other succeed. When I see Gary or Etienne take a shot I'm so confident that it's going to go in that we get used to it. When we're all making shots we're one scary team.

Gaffney on playing this year & his role on the team
The role I've been given is as an energy guy, and I'll accept that. Whether I play 15 minutes a game or 25 minutes a game I just try to bring as much energy as I can and hope that my teammates feed off of it. Being out there and playing I feel like an uncaged animal.

Forbes on what Chris Lowe means to the team
When any of our teammates go down we need to play that much better. When Dante is out of the game, someone has to pick up on the rebounds. Today I had to play a lot of the point guard position. Gary Corriea came in and picked up a lot of minutes and he played well.




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