Jan. 19, 2013
Colorado STate Head Coach Larry Eustachy
(on defense on Anthony Bennett)
“When he got the ball, we were on him. His eight shots for the most part were hard fought. He is a great player and we put numerous guys on him. We did a great job, because he has put up monster numbers. He had one offensive rebound tonight, and he had nine alone against Air Force earlier this year. We kept UNLV off the boards enough to win. I told the team whoever wins the rebounds wins this game, and we got two more rebounds than them. We did a good job on Bennett and our team showed a lot of heart. There is a reason that we have won 24 straight home games, and it’s because of the players. Number one you have to have players, and right next to that, you have to have fans. I don’t think we win this game on a neutral court. They really pulled us through it.”
(on Dorian Green)
“(Tim) Miles told me that I was going to love him (Dorian), particularly in these types of situations. I think Dorian was really disappointed in his play down in San Diego, and all he really did was miss shots. I got with him and told him that he is twice the player that he was last year. He does everything now, and it’s tiring, but I think he has another gear which he hasn’t experienced before, but he is starting to. We put him on (Anthony) Marshall at the end because Wes (Eikmeier) was in foul trouble. I think Wes is also the story of this game. It didn’t go his way foul wise, but I thought for him to stay in the game mentally on the bench, and to come in late and make a huge shot and some huge free throws was great. With him out there, like all of our seniors, our team is just so much better. The ball doesn’t stop in his hands, he doesn’t search for shots. He was the happiest guy in the locker room and he scored six points. I don’t think he was that way three years ago, but he’s in to winning and he is really a complete player.”
(on transition defense)
“That’s what we do; rebounding, and transition defense and defending. We spend a lot of time on it. It’s drilled in to our players. That’s the fastest team that we have played and the team that emphasizes pushing the ball the most, I didn’t realize we held them to zero fast break points.”
(on UNLV’s second half)
“The last two minutes of the first half and the beginning of the second half, I just thought we weren’t playing as hard. They made shots and they missed shots that they normally make, so I just think it balanced out. They are great players and they make great shots. I think they were the same shots as the first half, but they just made them.”
(on Greg Smith)
“I think Greg is a better player than he thinks, and he can do more things than he thinks. He doesn’t need a friend; he needs a coach. He responds to that, and we don’t win the game without him. I think he is a different player from when we first started; he has really bought in. You don’t change so much and be so effective if you aren’t listening and truly believing in the coaching staff. He is doing that.”
Colorado State Players
(on what a win over UNLV says about this Rams team)
“I think it just shows the maturity and what we can do as a team. We just kept battling and stuck with it. We made big plays down the stretch and got big stops. It just shows what kind of team and chemistry we have.”
(on whether they expected to win after Colton Iverson shooting 1-for-8 and Eikmeier only scoring six points)
“I think definitely. We always expect to win; we have that confidence. Our backbone is defense and rebounding and that is what we did at the end of the game. We held them to one shot and we made some big plays defensively. Then we stepped up at the free throw line and we shot 19-of-21 from the line. That is what you have to do to win.”
(on his performance Saturday)
“I just tried to be aggressive. I got a couple open looks early thanks to some good screens by my teammates. I just wanted to be aggressive early and find a way to give us a chance to win.”
(on holding Anthony Bennett to a season-low nine points)
“Early I gave him two uncontested looks and the coaching staff - they didn’t like it when I came off the court. I had to put a lot of thought into what I was doing because he is an unbelievable player.”
(on how his game changed after Head Coach Larry Eustachy pulled him in the first half)
“You just have to stick to what you’re doing. We have a way that we play and if we don’t do that he (Coach Larry Eustachy) is going to get on us because that gives us the best chance to win. When you do something that he doesn’t like you know he is going to get on you. You have to shake it off and do what you’re supposed to do.”
UNLV Head Coach Dave Rice
(on the game overall)
“A very competitive college basketball game. We knew this was going to be a challenging week for us with two games on the road; one at San Diego State and this game in Fort Collins against Colorado State, a team that had won 23 in a row on their home floor. I was proud of our effort. We didn’t have a lot of energy to start the game and then we found our way. We tried to play more guys in the first half to help us have some energy down the stretch, and they just made a few more plays down the stretch than we did. The guys are bitterly disappointed with the result. We were right there in the closing minutes and just could not get it done. It was a very physical game. It was the first experience for some of our guys with how physical Coach Eustachy’s teams are. It was hard for us to get a post catch, hard for us to drive the lane and that’s credit to Colorado State and how tough and how physical they are, and the way they’re able to bump cutters. Again, disappointed that we did not get it done down the stretch. We’ll take tomorrow off as we travel back, and come back and practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to get ready for Wyoming on Thursday at home.”
(on the offensive strategy in the second half and missed defensive rebounds)
“We were just having a hard time getting any post touches. Colorado State is extremely physical in the post and we were having a hard time catching the ball on the block. That’ll be something we’ll have to address the next time we play them. The best thing for us was just to do something that was working. Too one-dimensional? I mean, other people will have to be the judge of that. We shot 56% from the floor in the second half and we shot 28% in the first half. So, as a coach, it’s my job to find out something we can actually make some baskets to keep ourselves in the game. The biggest thing, again, was that we just had a couple defensive rebounds that we didn’t get down the stretch that turned into Colorado State points.”
(on Pierce Hornung’s key offensive rebound with less than a minute left and how that affected the game)
“We did a great job on that defensive possession. We were going to play it out, with the deficit being three, we were going to play it out and did a great job on the defensive possession, and then we just didn’t get him blocked out. That’s just one of those things. He’s always a factor, because he’s one of the best rebounders in this league. We just have to put bodies on him and make sure we go get him.”
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