2003-04 BKM at Michigan State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On the offense ... "We struggled to score this afternoon. I thought our turnovers were a big factor. We had 12 in the first half and 22 for the game. Those are opportunities where you don't get a chance to get a shot. I thought we competed and had it within striking distance at moments, but they were too tough today. They were the better team this afternoon. We take out hats off to them and I certainly hope we can regroup."

On improving team toughness ... "We absolutely need to get tougher. I think Tom (Izzo) will mention that about his team, in terms of different moments this year for his club and certainly for us today. You need that, especially on the road and in a tough environment. You need to be mentally tough and need to do all the little things."

On how to improve the offense ... "I didn't think that we finished very well. Anytime you shoot 13-for-21 from the free throw line you can't cash in, especially when you have been struggling to score. You are going to have those droughts. We got to the line in a decent manner with 21 attempts, but only with 13 makes, at times that can be very deflating."

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

On the game ... "That was a big win for us against a quality, quality team. It's a shame. We get (Kelvin) Torbert off to a great start and then he got in foul trouble. We hit shots and they hit shots. It was just a great game to watch early. I thought the key came when Michigan had some guys in foul trouble, and Jason Andreas and Maurice Ager did an incredible job."

On his team's all-around performance ... "I thought every guy on the team did some good things. Yet, I want you to know that Michigan is a very good basketball team. Those young guys are going to get better. They guy who I think has really been their catalyst is (Bernard) Robinson (Jr.)."

On their defense ... "We got some points off our defense. We had some steals. I thought we did a pretty good job defensively because those four perimeter guys really have an offensive mind and our guys didn't give them an inch. We out-rebounded a bigger team with sometimes a much smaller lineup."

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