2003-04 BKM at Illinois -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On playing well in the first half but not being able to get the lead ... "We talked about that at halftime and the last few minutes of the half on the bench. If we could get above them we wanted to see how they would respond and react. We were within one point of them in the first half and couldn't convert on the layup we had and got called for a charge. I thought the free-throw shooting in the first half was a big differential. We couldn't overcome that in the first half, missing six of 13 free throws. That is not including the front end of a one-and-one with two of those. Anytime you are playing on the road and you want to value the ball, I thought we did a decent job of that in the first half. We were right there within striking distance and we couldn't hold on in the second half. Getting that lead in the first half was critical and we couldn't do that."

On not being able to gain the lead ... "When you get to those critical moments how important getting a stop defensively can be. Then on the other end, having the poise on the offensive end and having your veterans make the offensive plays for you. You have to have it. We certainly weren't able to come up with that this afternoon."

On having a young team ... "It is what it is with sophomores and freshman, but Bernard (Robinson Jr.) is our leader out there. There are times where we felt he had to make a few plays for us. I know he does a lot for us at a lot of different moments. Certainly at crunch time we need him to lead us and take care of that for us."

On taking something positive into the week before Purdue ... "I thought we battled and we competed looking at what we did on the backboard. We were a terror there. I thought Brent Petway gave us some really strong minutes. I am really pleased with his game, the way he played the previous game and the way he played this afternoon. We have to have our perimeter players. I am looking at (Daniel) Horton and (Dion) Harris. We didn't get much production from those two kids. I think their perimeter is as good as any in the country. They are quick and athletic. We know what we are faced with going against Purdue next weekend and we have to get better this week. We have to get better."

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