2006-07 BKM vs. Purdue -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On what it means to the team to not only beat Purdue but win decisively ... "We felt we won decisively in our previous game here against Penn State. We were able to accomplish that again this afternoon. Our defense has been able to kind of carry us through when we've struggled offensively, and then our offense has been able to pick up spots there that allowed us to spread out. Being at home -- our crowd, our energy -- with the noon-time game today, our students were terrific for us. And the 'Maize-Out' here this afternoon -- I'm wearing my maize sweater. It was a total team effort, and when we say team we mean our fans, our crowd, our students, in addition to our players."

On how the Wolverines went from allowing Purdue to shoot 56.5 percent from the field in West Lafayette to 33.3 percent today ... "We talked about how we wanted to earn and deserve things and I can't think of a better way to try to do that than defensively. We've been a good defensive team -- we've said that all along -- and we knew down in West Lafayette that was not characteristic of our team this season. So we felt like we wanted to get back to doing the things that have been our identity. We did that against Penn State and we carried it over again this afternoon against Purdue."

On never panicking despite surrendering the lead to Purdue at the end of the first half ... "We really did. I thought our kids really gave great energy and effort on the defensive end, and I thought that allowed us to sustain that kind of play on the offensive end. We were very positive. I thought we moved the ball very well; we have 19 assists on 24 field goals. We were very unselfish moving it, finding the open man, and it's fun to play that way. They deserve to have this kind of result because of the effort they gave today."

On the play of Jerret Smith ... "I thought he played with such a look on his face that was incredibly positive. He was very confident on the floor, he had a great bounce and energy about him this afternoon. I think because he finished the Penn State game very well -- he shot it well -- he was very confident coming in to today's game. He played that way throughout the game and I was incredibly impressed. He drove it down one time and pulled up and shot the three on the break and buried it and I think that's the kind of confidence he had today. We're proud of how he played because we needed that kind of effort."

U-M Fifth-Year Wing Lester Abram

On the high assist-turnover ratio ... "We were just taking our time. Everyone was hyped up about the game and Coach (Amaker) told us to slow down and execute our offense. We were playing pretty good defense, but we were just playing bad offense. So I thought we slowed it down, took care of the ball better, and got better shots."

On beating Purdue after last week's loss ... "We just want to protect our home court no matter who comes in here. We were coming fresh off of a loss from last week, so it is obvious we really wanted to beat those guys here. We don't look at it as redemption though -- it is just another game in our season."

U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway

On the difference between Michigan's first- and second-half play ... "There was not a big difference, we just finished a lot better in the second half. We made free throws, finished around the goal and had chances. We were tighter with the ball. There was one stretch there where we ran out and got ourselves going, but it was defense that got it started. That is what we came in here and talked about at halftime. We kept the defense up and just finished a little better on offense."

On the defensive effort down the stretch ... "That is always our main focus: defense. We know that if we defend we are going to be in the game offensively. Every day we come in we say we are going to defend everyone and everyone works hard on their individual match-ups. As a team, we had each other's backs out there. Blocking shots, taking charges -- everybody was out there helping everybody today."

U-M Junior Wing Ron Coleman

On Michigan's long-range shooting ... "We just knew that we had to find each other off the dribble. We talked about that a lot in practice -- drive and kick, and look for open guys. I think we are picking up on that a lot and we were kicking it to the person that was open. Our bigs were doing a great job filling in and getting shots as well."

On protecting the ball .... "We knew we didn't do a great job in the first half getting loose balls and being able to take care of the ball. We just had to execute that in the second half and get tighter with it. They were trying to get up in us a little bit. We knew what we had to do, and the guards did a great job of handling the ball on our side."

Purdue Coach Matt Painter

On his overall thoughts of the game ... "I just thought that, especially in the second half, Michigan was quicker to the basketball, got more loose balls, and got more rebounds. Our guys did a good job of driving the basketball and getting the ball in position to score. But Michigan came up with huge plays, whether they altered our shots or blocked our shots. Their defensive presence was huge."

On Michigan's ability to score in a variety of ways ... "I think a key part to that was our inability to get the ball stopped. They did a good job of getting in transition and then knocking down some threes on the penetrate and pitch-in. You have to give Michigan credit -- they were quicker to the basketball so they could get in transition and make some plays."

On Michigan's defensive presence ... "I don't think their defensive pressure bothered us as much as when we broke their pressure down, they were able to alter our shots or block those shots. And there is no doubt that there is a difference when you look at our field goal percentage and theirs. They did a great job of swarming the ball. They did a great job of attacking our ballhandler. We had to jump-stop and distribute the basketball or we had to try to dunk on them. And obviously, we didn't try to dunk on them and we obviously did a poor job of understanding the help. But you got to give (Michigan) credit. They are very athletic, they are very long, and I thought they played very hard in the second half."

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