Feb. 14, 2013
Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy
“I thought that was as good of a game that I have been involved with in a long, long time. The opponent was as good of a team as I myself, personally, have played in a long, long time. I really like to watch teams warm up and they were all business, which says a lot about us. They took us very serious. I think maybe their coaches would tell you that is maybe about as well as they have played. I have watched all their film and they are a great team. They can be easily a sweet sixteen. We beat a heck of a team. We made plays down at the end. I thought the game could have gone either way. It was an unbelievable atmosphere; as good as I have been in and we all know I was at Iowa State, which is supposed to be one of the five toughest places to play. (Tonight) was louder than any game (at Iowa State). Hats off to the fans. We don’t get that thing done at the end; that is hard for a team to come down and make the plays, meaning San Diego State, when that place is going nuts the last two minutes. It’s the difference maker. We don’t win without the game.”
(on Dorian Green’s play)
“I thought that our team played in spurts tonight and finally got their true toughness in the game at the end even though we missed out on some rebounds. Dorian was the most consistent throughout the night. Pierce (Hornung) was too. We tried to put guys in and out to figure out what was the best group to have out there to match up to their guys. Dorian was terrific and obviously the play at the end. Jon (Octeus) was play great. We don’t win the game without Jon and Pierce. When points are hard to come by he comes in and gets us five quick ones and he is playing well. Dorian was steady like he has been all year and made some huge shots.”
(on San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin)
“We just played him the way we were supposed to play him. Jamaal Franklin, in my opinion, is the guy that effects winning the most in this league. Again, I exclude out team. What I love about him is when it’s over he is competitive on the court and I love the way he plays. I don’t mind a guy who talks and can back it up and he can back it up. He looked each of our guys in the eyes and said ‘good game.’ I can see why he was MVP. If we don’t stop him we don’t win.”
Colorado State Players
Guard Dorian Green
“I think we just made a lot of plays. Wes (Eikmeier) got a steal, Pierce (Hornung) maybe made the play of the game with that offensive rebound. If we don’t get that possession back we are down two and it’s their ball. We just made enough plays at the end of the game to pull this one out.”
(on final offensive possession)
“We drew up a play wanting to run the clock down. We are going to set up a ball screen and slip and then come with another one. I just turned the corner and I thought I had a good look. I just tried to make a play.”
(on Wednesday’s sold out crowd)
“Great atmosphere tonight. There was a lot of energy and it was definitely loud. It is probably the loudest it has been since we’ve been here.”
(on his game-winning basket and free-throw)
“I think I just wanted to go out and make a play, whether it was for msyelf or set somebody else up for a basket. I was trying to be aggressive and take what they give me. We’re all going to have to step up in key moments and tonight it was me. Offensively, I hit those shots but everybody has done it throughout the season. I don’t get that shot if Pierce (Hornung) doesn’t get that rebound.”
Forward Pierce Hornung
(on Jamaal Franklin)
“He’s a heck of a player. He does everything well and he’s quick and athletic. We just made it a point to try and limit what he does and credit him. He is a tough guy to guard.”
(on how he felt after missing game at Nevada)
“I felt great. That was disappointing not to play down in Reno. I felt back to 100 percent.”
San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher
(on what to take from the close loss and overall game thoughts)
“It’s all about winning. We had a two point lead when (Dorian) Green hit the three –pointer. You know, I watched the one, and I want you guys to watch and see and use your own judgment on the one last drive where (Dorian) Green drove in and Jamaal was standing there and they called a blocking foul on him when we’re two points behind, or one point behind. When it’s a one-point game. So, officiating is part of what we do. You have to play. You have to make plays. We had chances and we made some plays to give ourselves a chance. (Dorian) Green made a great basket to give them a one-point lead, we couldn’t convert at the other end. I told them, leave your anger in the locker room. Keep your disappointment until we get home. Take that effort and fight, togetherness to Vegas and we’ll have a chance. And that’s all you can say.”
(on controlling Colton Iverson in the post)
“Yeah, we did a pretty good job on defending him in the post.”
(on the string of turnovers in the last seven minutes after committing three turnovers in 33 minutes)
“Yeah. That doesn’t help either. You’ve got to be able to get a shot to have a chance to score. But this was a tough, hard-fought game just like we thought it would be. We were in a position to win, we didn’t quite get it done. That’s what makes it hurt all the more. I’d rather have it like this than last year’s game.”
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