Nov. 10, 2012
Head Coach Frank Haith
On Bowers' return to the court...
"Laurence has been excited since - he was excited for Midnight Madness. I think he's just glad to be back. And guys, he's going to get better and better. He's 100% in terms of his knee, he's fine. The more court time, the more he's out there bouncing around, he's going to get better and better."
On Negus Webster-Chan's debut...
"I'm so excited about Negus. And I don't want to get too excited because he is a freshman, but he is beyond his years as a player. I mean he does little things that maybe you guys don't see that I see as a coach, in terms of execution - he's always in the right place, he doesn't over-dribble, he only does what he can do. And there's value to that. Guys better be careful, because he's moving. He played 34 minutes tonight, and I'm very comfortable when he's in the basketball game."
On Alex Oriahki's ability to finish around the rim...
"I think the more Alex gets comfortable with what we're doing offensively - he's not quite sure in terms of where his opportunities are going to come. He's missing those jumps because he's not quite ready yet. He'll get better with that, because we're going to keep coming to him. We want him to be aggressive and we need him to be an effective scorer."
On Pressey's shooting in absence of Dixon...
"We want Phil to take shots when he's open. You know I think sometimes Phil is such a `pass first' guy, but when he's clean and has a clean look, he needs to take it. I thought there in the second half he did. He had a couple of those in the first half. He's probing and probing and we want to say, `Phil, you're open. Shoot it.' But when he's open with a pull-up jump shot or particular transition, we're good with him taking that shot."
On the chemistry of the new team...
"It's coming, but I want it better. We had 20 assists tonight. You know, you go out and have 20 assists in a ball game, that's pretty impressive. We turned the ball over a little more in exhibition, we came out tonight and had 12, and a couple of them were late, charge calls. So I was really excited about how well we took care of that, that's a good sign of how well you trust one another and how you're sharing the basketball."
Senior Forward Laurence Bowers
On his comeback season...
"First time dunking in a game, but just it's just two points. Just have to continue to get better."
On how he feels out on the court...
"Yeah I feel one hundred percent, but just need to take it game by game and try to get better and better."
On pulling ahead of SUIE after only being up by a few points...>
"We just needed to get a great shot. I was only a beneficiary of it. Guys on the team are very unselfish, guys like Negus Webster-Chan and Phil Pressey."
On his shooting after his recovery...
"I've been working on my shot. I was shooting a lot when I was hurt. I need to continue to stay after practice and continue to be consistent."
On Negus Webster-Chan's performance tonight...
"I'm so excited for the guy. Played with so much composure and played within self. He does so much. Played good defense and does all that team needs to do, so I applaud him."
On Phil Pressey's play...
"Phil is a great point guard, he's definitely put the team on his shoulders. When someone goes down, someone has to come up and be a leader. I think Negus Webster-Chan has been that guy. We need to continue to get better. We're still all behind Mike and whenever he's back we know that he will be great. Just need to keep pushing and continue to step up while he's not playing."
Freshman Guard Negus Webster-Chan
On the differences between regular season and exhibition play...
"I had the same mentality that I had in two previous exhibition games."
On the points he scored at the end of the half...
"I'm just trying to do what the team needs me to do. If they need me to make shots I'm going to make shots."
On the offense in the first half...
"Honestly, I didn't look at the score I just focused on defense and executing our offense."
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