Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes Following Season Opening Win Over Birmingham Southern


Nov. 23, 2004

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- Steve Lappas comments on the game:
"I thought our kids did a great job of keeping their poise against a good team. We had only one turnover in the second half. I thought our kids did a great job handling the ball in practice over the last 10 days. The only difference in the second half was that we weren't making our shots. Rashaun and Stephane were in foul trouble and it was a tough night for that. Then Big Deli (Jeff Salovski) and he did a great job. I put him in because he's an excellent foul shooter. I'm surprised he missed two to tell you the truth. I thought he'd make them all, but I'll forgive him. He was probably a little nervous. Overall, I thought our guys showed great poise against a very disciplined and very good team."

Anthony Anderson on Jeff "Big Deli" Salovski contributions:
"What he did was big. He barely played all game. He came in, got some rebounds and hit big foul shots. We need that from guys like him."

Art Bowers reflecting on what UMass can take away from this game:
"I think we did a good job keeping our poise. Last year, we would've lost our poise when we started missing our shots."

Jeff Salovski on getting into the game after Lasme fouled out:
"Honestly I was thinking don't put me in. It's big for a freshman to come in with two minutes left in the game when the game is on the line. I was trying to think of it as the beginning of the game. When I got that first rebound though, my mind went somewhere else. I didn't even feel like a freshman."

Jeff Salovski on the crowd's reaction:
"I didn't expect it. But it was good that they were like that because it helped me out more. It helped me get settled."



Anthony Anderson's comments on the win:
"It was close. It would've been nice to blow them out and win by 20. But it's also good that we gave up a lead and kept our poise and played defense, knocked down foul shots and won the game. We showed that we can win the close games."
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