2003-04 BKM vs. Iowa -- Postgame Quotes

U-M Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Opening Statement ... "It was certainly a good offensive game. It was a really good effort by both teams, both shot really well and played with a lot of heart. I feel that our two freshmen inside players; Courtney Sims and Brent Petway were outstanding. I was really pleased especially in this type of game. They stepped up and gave us a great inside presence not only on the offensive end but they also combined for five blocks on the defensive end."

On the play of Bernard Robinson Jr. ... "When you look at his stat line he does a lot of everything on the floor. He just can't foul that way, especially his last two. His play was very solid except for those last two fouls."

On this being a game of runs ... "Certainly it was a game of runs. We told our guys at halftime, 'which ever team going to stretch a run out was going to win'. Lester Abram was a great part of that in the second half, hitting key shots when we needed them most."

On his team's play ... "What you are seeing right now is the team that we know. This was the type of thing we see in our team at practice and it is good to see their effort and hard work now show in a game."

On Courtney Sims play in the post ... "We tried to establish an inside outside game. It is a highly successful play and you can see how his game blossomed because of it. Courtney producing in the post helped open up our perimeter shooting and we were able to knock those down."

U-M Sophomore Lester Abram
On getting the win at Crisler Arena ... "It is always good to play at your own home. I think the crowd did a good job of keeping us in it. I think the fans did a real good job of cheering and keeping me in the game. I knew I couldn't come out of the game because Bernard (Robinson Jr.) and Dion (Harris) were in foul trouble."

On Michigan's balanced scoring attack ... "Courtney (Sims) and Brent (Petway) played a real big part in our down low offense. We've been practicing getting the ball down low and they came and delivered today. When they scored down low, it freed me, Daniel and Dion on the wing. We got some open shots today."

On confidence heading into the next few games ... "Iowa was a tough team. Every possession they didn't give us any breaks. You had to be focused. We didn't finish the way we wanted to. We missed some free throws and made it a scary game. We're glad to get this victory and carry it on to Illinois on Saturday."

U-M Freshman Courtney Sims
On his inside scoring ... "That's something I've been working on all season. I haven't really been consistent with my game. Today I got off to a fast start and that helped me through the game. The big guys have been helping me out. Amadou (Ba) has been helping me with my jump hooks and post moves after practice every day."

On hitting his first-career three-pointer ... "I haven't hit one the whole season. I was shooting around today and it felt good, so I decided to take a couple threes and made one."

On getting back to .500 in the Big Ten ... "We have a lot of confidence. We played well against Wisconsin and now it is a new race. We're 3-3 in the Big Ten and we're looking to go for the title."

U-M Freshman Brent Petway
On providing a spark of the bench ... "I felt good today. When I got on the court, coach was telling me to rebound and defend. I got a couple of good defensive plays. Iowa is great team. They are hard to guard, so defensively you have to be alert. We were alert tonight and were able to get a couple of big plays."

On the Maize Rage calling him "Air Georgia" ... "I heard them when I went to the line. I'm starting to get a little fan support together. That feels pretty good, especially since I'm still a youngster."

Iowa Head Coach Steve Alford
Opening Statement ... "This was a tough game for us. We have been playing well and I think we did that tonight, but our first half turnovers were the difference. We shoot the ball well and got to the free throw line 26 times, but you have to give credit to Michigan. They hit 10 three pointers and stepped up when they needed to late in the game."

On Jeff Horner ... "I can not image any team he faces in the Big Ten where he is the quicker more athletic guy, but he needs to find a way to do what he does. This was a mirror image of the Illinois game and that shows you what he means to this team."

On the difference between the first and second halves ... "You want that consistence from half to half from your players. I thought we did foul more in the second half. The first half we were better defensibly, the problem was we turned the ball over 13 times."

Iowa Sophomore Jeff Horner
On the game "They came out more man oriented tonight and they came out and out-rebounded us too. They had their way on offense, scored 90 points. We played very well offensively, we just couldnt stop them."

On expecting U-M to be so successful from the perimeter "Actually no I didnt. Thats kind of what we wanted them to do is shoot from the outside and try to keep away from their dribble penetration. They just hit a lot of threes tonight."

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