Feb. 7, 2007
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Head Coach Brian Gregory Quotes
"I told our guys in the locker room how proud I was of the effort tonight. That is a tough game to play. That's the way Fordham is. All year long they've found ways to win and we found a way to win tonight. To bounce back after a tough loss and grind out a win says a lot about our guys."
"They (Fordham) didn't shoot the ball well and I think we had something to do with that. Overall our team defense was good. They (Fordham) started really pressuring us and being physical, which is typical of their game. We got them in foul trouble with 10 minutes to go, that was big for us. Give our guys some credit because they showed some guts out their and played a physical game. They really competed tonight. I'm proud of our guys."
"Give Kurt (Huelsman) and Norman (Plummer) credit, those guys battled out there as (Bryant) Dunston's primary defenders. They limited his touches, kept him off the glass, and were very physical with him. Those guys played their hearts out tonight. That kid (Huelsman) is a warrior. He battles and bangs and he doesn't back down. He's a good player right now; he's only going to get better. Monty (Scott) did an unbelievable job on the glass. Jimmy Binnie made the play of the game. I could go on and on. "
"Don't even look at the stats, because London (Warren) played as good of a game as he has all season. A month ago he would have struggled in a physical game. Tonight, he took care of the ball and accelerated the pace. He created some opportunities for us. He also played well defensively."
"They have in (Marcus) Stout as good as shooter as you'll have in the league. And there guys can shoot. Our concentration on the defensive end is as good as it has been all year long. Our guys communicated well on the court."
"We had 11 turnovers. I think they (Fordham) average 10 steals a game and they only had three against us tonight. I thought our focus and concentration was on. They just did a tremendous job."
"A lot of times Fordham is patient with their offense and they wear you down. With our concentration tonight we didn't wear down. We sustained that focus throughout the whole game. This league is a tough league and come tournament time it's anybody's."
"We have a noon game on Saturday. It's important that our guys rest. St. Bonaventure is very explosive offensively. It's a tough place to play at and the bottom line is you have to do a little extra when you go on the road, so that's the challenge we face. No matter how we travel it's going to take us seven hours-- plane, train, automobile..."
"We knew coming in how tough of a team they are and how hard they play. We had to match that and I think we did. I think we wore them down a bit with our depth. They are a tough team and they never stopped fighting. It was a good battle for us."
"We had some different coverage for them and tried to keep the ball out of the post. We wanted to keep it out of (Bryant) Dunston's hands as much as possible. I think we executed our game plan perfectly."
"(At Saint Bonaventure) I think you can expect us to play hard, play together and hopefully come out with a win. It's another tough environment and we have to come out ready to play."
"I think Fordham was second in the league. Coach told us they were a tough team. We had to match that. I think we did tonight."
"We knew they had (Marcus) Stout and Dunston, two of the premier players in the A-10. We tried to hunker down low on Dunston and tried to stop them from getting open looks."
"That was one of our keys in this game. We knew they were a tough team and were going to grind it out. It was a game of few possessions. The team with more possessions was going to win and I think we did that tonight."
"It's a great league from top to bottom. We feel we can go out and play with anybody on any night. If you don't bring your game, you can lose to anybody on any night."
Fordham Head Coach Dereck Whittenburg
"This was a tough game for us tonight. This arena is a tough place to play in and we made it even tougher by not shooting the ball well. They did a good job defending Bryant Dunston down low and when teams do that, we have to start hitting from the outside to free him up. But we just couldn't find our rhythm tonight."
"For the second straight game, I think we did a good job defensively, holding a team to ten points below their season average on their home court, but it all comes down to our shooting."
"Brian Roberts was really the difference tonight. We would dig in defensively and get the shot clock down to under ten seconds but he would find a way to create a shot and score."
"We have to put these last two games behind us and get ready for another tough road game at Charlotte on Saturday."