2004-05 BKM vs. Northwestern -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On tonight's steady performance ... "Pretty steady, pretty solid, but it was pretty tough in terms of showing our kids how to play against that style. I am very pleased. I thought our foul shooting was tremendous. I thought that was the key for us. Every time we got fouled and got to the free throw line we cashed in. Free throw shooting gave us a little cushion. I was very pleased with Courtney Sims who went seven for seven from the foul line."

On Daniel Horton's performance ... "His play especially in the second half making some big baskets and getting fouled around the rim and getting it in the hole for us. I probably played him too many minutes because he got really tired in the late game situation, but he went to the line and made both of his free throws and went seven for eight overall. When he plays at a high level we are a pretty good basketball team."

On Graham Brown's aggressive play ... "It was very impressive. The minutes he gave to us and we needed every one of them with Brent (Petway) being out and Chris (Hunter) was still hurting from that ankle injury. J.C. (Mathis) gave us great minutes and all he could do, but by having that extra body (Brown) we were able to rotate our front line. I thought Graham's play was tremendous. I thought he did a good job against number 11 (Vedran Vukusic). The charge he drew late in the game was a monster play, for the fact that he was able to put his body on the line and take that charge and make that play."

On turnovers ... "I would have never have guessed that. I thought we definitely valuing the ball when they put pressure on us and they doubled us sometimes. We didn't look very comfortable handling the ball at times. That is something that still bothers me as a coach that we need to be more fluid with that and we need to go through the pressure and attack is."

On tonight's strong defense ... "Well he (Michael Thompson) was uncomfortable and he did not finish well. He only had thirteen shot attempts and he only made four. I think Courtney (Sims) was a bothersome with his length and Courtney can block some shots or at least put his hands up and distract him. I thought Courtney's presence down there really helped us. I thought we had very good balance, inside with Courtney, and outside with our guards. We did not have a ton of turnovers which I think is the key."

U-M Junior Daniel Horton

On the team's performance ... "We played okay. You have to give Northwestern a lot of credit. They came in with the conditions surrounding the game with their travel. They came in and played really hard and knocked down their shots. I think we did a good job of making our free throws at the end and holding them off."

On his aggressive play in the second half ... "I think in the first half I settled for the long jump shot and I wasn't happy with it and coach wasn't happy with it, so I decided that I was going to start trying to get to the basket. They were pressing, so the best thing to do when you're in transition is to try to get to the basket.

U-M Sophomore Courtney Sims

On the guards giving him opportunities down low ... "Daniel (Horton) played outstanding, that was the best that I've seen him play this year. He and Dion (Harris) sank some clutch shots for us. They opened the floor for me; they (Northwestern) werent helping as much as other teams have been. I was able to do some moves in the low post."

On Michigan's success from the field ... "I think we did very well at the foul line, we were knocking down shots that helped us win. We knocked down a lot of shots from the field. We were hitting a lot of clutch shots, the guards were hitting their threes and their open shots. We were able to get it down low and get the fouls. It was a team effort and we just played well against a tough team."

On starting the Big Ten at 2-0 ... "It's big. The Iowa game was especially big to get us off to a good start. Northwestern is a lot better than last year and they're always a tough team to play. It shows a lot, especially with a lot of people out. I think our team is ready for the Big Ten."

U-M Sophomore Dion Harris

On playing with Daniel Horton ... "We always want to work off of each other. Both of us play the guard position and rotate who handles the ball and runs the wing. We're just working together out there and it's working out perfect right now."

On the amount of injuries to the team this season ... "It's not that bad. We practice with each other every day and we're always on different teams. We're kind of used to each other by now at this point in the season. It's just a matter of guys stepping in and playing how they play."

Northwestern Coach Bill Carmody

Opening statement ... "We hung in there. I told them before the game and I told them at halftime that we just have to get a lead on these guys, then see if the shots go down and they make the plays. It's easier to make shots when you have the lead. It was 20-20, then Davor missed a foul shot and then the few times we had it down to three, two or one we didn't make the plays. Horton and Harris had a terrific second half. We just wanted to stop them and I had Mike Jenkins on him; we just couldn't prevent them from scoring."

On the game ... "We tied it up, so I would so we recovered from it. We had to make the plays at two points and three points and we didn't capitalize and they did. When they had to keep us at bay, it seemed they did."

Northwestern Senior Vedran Vukusic

On the game ... "It was pretty much making shots and we didn't, and that hurt us. I didn't look at the box score, but it seemed that Horton and Harris made every shot they put up."

On Northwestern's play ... "We played well and we played with intensity. We made some stupid turnovers that probably hurt us in the end. If we made some plays on those turnovers the game would have been closer."

Northwestern Junior T.J. Parker

On the game ... "I think we didn't play that well on the defensive end and that hurt us. Daniel Horton and Dion Harris drove all over the court and I think that was one of the big factors. Michigan had a lot of good players out, like Lester Abram and Chris Hunter, but I guess we didn't pull it off."

On never taking the lead ... "I guess we didn't get anything going on offense. We made a great comeback with Vedran shooting well, but I guess we couldn't find another way to comeback to tie it, or take the lead, which is important. It is good to get a lead to see how the team is going to react, or shoot after that."

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