Feb. 23, 2005
Dayton Coach Brian Gregory
"We came out with a sense of purpose, and Monty got us off to that great start. Then you could see our guys say with their body language `we're just going to be able to outscore them tonight.' Unfortunately, that's what we tried to do in the first A-10 game this season against Duquesne. That's not us. In the second half, we played solid defense and took care of the ball, which kept them from getting easy baskets."
"We knew going into this game that it would be a tough one. They were in control. They had us in the first half ."
"I was disappointed in the first half and proud in the second."
"More so than any other team I've been associated with, this is a team in ever sense of the word. We don't rely on just one guy. And when we get into a tough spot, you can see that every player out there doesn't want to let his teammates and coaches down."
"Who would have thought that with three games left, that our game Saturday would be a key game in deciding the division championship?"
Dayton Junior Warren Williams
(On Dayton's last basket with 41 seconds on the game clock, and two seconds on the shot clock, and UD ahead by three) "After I spun, I saw Norman under the basket and just got the ball to him. I knew we were at the end of the shot clock, but he shot it quickly. He was wide open."
"Everybody wanted the ball and the end. We all have confidence. We don't have to look to just one guy. A lot of us can come through. It doesn't matter who gets the bucket or free throw, just as long as we get the W."
Dayton Freshman Norman Plummer
(On his basket with 41 seconds to go) "They switched on a high screen, and then I guess they lost me. I was afraid Warren forgot about me, because he tried to get it in when I had a smaller guy on me, but he couldn't. Then he hit me with a great pass."
Dayton Senior Mark Jones
"We got something out of everyone tonight. That's how we win. No one is reluctant to make a play when they need to."
"This is a tough place to play. We can take what we did in the second half and carry it into our preparation for Saturday."
Dayton Sophomore Monty Scott
"We learned something tonight. We learned we can't play like we did in the first half and expect to win. Coach (Billy) Schmidt tells us that we can't cheat the game. We have to compete every day."
Bonnies Head Coach Anthony Solomon:
"I thought we experienced a very good basketball game tonight. Down the stretch, the last four or five minutes, Dayton made the plays and we did not. It was not because of lack of effort, I'm very proud of our young men."
"We certainly wanted to play better out of halftime. Dayton, like the successful program they are, made the plays."