2004-05 BKM at Michigan State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the turnovers and rebounds being the difference ... "It was the difference. We weren't able to handle the full-court pressure that they put on us throughout the evening. I thought the difference too was the start of the second half. I thought they came out of the blocks and put us on our heels. The rebounding differential and certainly the turnovers differential were two of the biggest stats for us. I was really proud of Ashtyn Bell and Dani Wohl for their gallant effort and what they gave us. There are a lot of things we need to work on, but there were some really positive things and our kids competed all the way to the end."

On wanting more hustle plays ... "Yes we did. We should have gotten a few more of those plays a little earlier in the game. I was disappointed in that, but I thought we responded and rebounded in that area and gave us more. We'll get a chance to review, learn from it and hopefully get better and see if we can get another road win when we go down to West Lafayette."

On Michigan's defensive pressure ... "I like the fact that we got after it. Both teams competed very hard against one another. I thought their depth wore us down. I think their bench had maybe 20 points in the ball game and that was a huge differential. I do think we were able to do some things to disrupt their rhythm and gave them some difficulties in various moments."

On if the defensive breakdowns were because of a lack of experience ... "That's part of it. The other part is that we just had some breakdowns that we shouldn't have had. They shot a very good percentage in the second half against us. That's partly because we were down and scrambling a little bit. We were probably gambling. They took advantage of some situations and they got some transition baskets too. They really feed off that and the crown feeds off it. I thought those were key moments when they were able to get some runs like that."

U-M Junior Forward Graham Brown

On the game ... "I think we played well and really hard for a good portion of the game. Michigan State got a little momentum there early in the second half. The fans kept them in it and it kept building. We kept fighting, but they kept making great plays."

On the opening minutes of the second half ... "They had some good pressure on us and we turned it over a couple of times and that got them rolling. From there it kept building and kept building. We had to make a big stop to try and stop their run."

On how to get back on track ... "We've just got to go back and play hard. This is a hard game. They were the better team here today. We just have to go back and practice and play real hard and get ready for Sunday."

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo

On the game ... "I thought we played very well defensively and very poor offensively. I think Michigan played awfully hard and deserves some credit. Offensively, the turnovers and shooting really hurt us, especially the turnovers. We would pull down a rebound and immediately throw it away. We are to the point of the season when it is crunch time. We need to be getting better. If we play like that in a couple of days, we are going to set a North American loss record, and I don't want to be a part of that."

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