Postgame Quotes: UMass 73, Rider 63
Dec. 23, 2004
Head Coach Steve Lappas on the win:
Our first half was a good defensive one. We probably made one defensive mistake the first half. I thought our guys did a great job. The second half got a little crazy. Chris Chadwick had cramps and then Jeff Viggiano gets hurt (sprained ankle). It was like losing two guys, two really important guys.
We had some different combinations on the court at different times tonight, but I thought overall we did a great job defensively.
Lappas on Art Bowers finding his offense:
Lappas on playing different combinations:
Art Bowers on his game and his improved shooting:
They are the same shots (I was taking). When my foot was hurting, I was missing. Now that my foot is better I am making the same shots that I was taking.
Rashaun Freeman on his game against the defense:
I had a lot of chances to kick the ball out in practice. My coaches know that I am going to get doubled every time, so I have to adjust. I am getting a little better at it. Last game I had no turnovers. This game I had three, but I should have had none tonight. I just have to continue to get better and try to overcome the double-teams (I face).