2003-04 BKM vs. Purdue -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "It was certainly a game of runs. I thought it was an outstanding effort by both teams. You saw their experience and toughness keeping up on our heels even when they were down big. We did not wilt. Daniel Horton was spotty, but came up big for us in the end. I can't say enough about Courtney Sims. To play the way he did against a team like Purdue is huge for Courtney's confidence."

On the Wolverines' offensive run ... "I thought our defense was terrific. We were able to use our defense to create good shots offensively. Certainly it was a great Big Ten basketball game. We shoot well from the free throw line, but missed a few big ones at the end there."

On Michigan's 10-minute scoring drought late in the second half ... "You could look at the scoring drought, but you could also look at our run. You have to credit Purdue with forcing our hand and doing their part, but we did not wilt at the end and pulled it out with Courtney's put back. I am proud of our guys for winning this game at home against Purdue."

On Michigan's last offensive position ... "He did exactly what he is coached to do. Push the ball up the floor and try to catch the defense on its heels. Daniel's first shot was short, but that is typical of that play, so a majority of the time it is the second basket which wins the game and Courtney hit that basket for us today."

U-M Senior Bernard Robinson Jr.

On the game ... "It was a tough game. Give Purdue a lot of credit, they were the toughest team we've played so far. They did a lot of things to get back to into the game, but you have to give our team a lot of credit for how we performed in the final minutes of the game. Even though they stepped up their defense, we were able to make our shots when it counted the most."

On the physical game Purdue plays ... "They are definitely a physical team, that's what they're known for. We knew it was going to be a physical battle and we prepared all week for that. I think we did a good job of matching their team from a physical standpoint."

On what this win will do for the team going into the next week  ... "We knew a win would give us confidence going into the next two road games. We're going to go into the next game against Minnesota knowing that we are able to win these tough games."

U-M Freshman Courtney Sims

On the game-winning shot ... "We just wanted to push it up the floor before their defense could set up. I knew Daniel (Horton) was going to take the shot because he was making big shots all game, I just wanted to get into position. When he missed it, it just happened to fall into my hands. I tried to tip it in but missed, and I just stayed with it until it fell."

U-M Sophomore Daniel Horton

On the win  ... "I think it was a good win. We have to do a better job of of not allowing our opponents to get back into the game. You have to give Purdue credit, they made some tough shots towards the end. I didn't try to anwer any of their shots, I just tried to play my game and look for a good shot."

On Michigan's strong second-half start ... "That's one thing we haven't done this season. We wanted to increase our halftime lead and I think we did a good job of that. We let up and allowed them to get back into the game, but you have to give them credit, they fought hard the entire second half."

Purdue Head Coach Gene Keady

On Daniel Horton ... "Horton loves us. We have a way of making players into All-American's and not having coaches fired. I have been in this league for 24 years and we do our best to allow coaches to keep their jobs."

On the Big Ten Conference championship ... "We thought if we won this game today we had a great chance of winning the Big Ten championship. Now we have to steal a game somewhere and hopefully it will be at home."

On the winning basket ... "We didn't block out. The first thing I wrote on the board today was box out because these guys are very athletic. All day we couldn't get to the loose balls. I don't understand how they only beat us by one rebound, it seemed like they got a lot more than that. You gotta find a way to win, we can't do that in close games."

Purdue Junior Brandon McKnight

On the turning point in the game ... "We knew they were going to make a run because we were playing a good team at home, all teams will make runs. All we wanted to do was stop their run and make our run. That's what we were able to do but we just couldn't finish it."

Purdue Sophomore David Teague

On the effectiveness of Purdue's zone defense ... "We just wanted to slow them down, slow their transition game down and don't let them get any easy shots. They made a big run on us, mostly points in the paint so we wanted to take those points away and make them shoot threes. I think that's what we did, we dropped back in a zone and started making plays."

On frustrating Michigan ... "I think so, they started getting after each other a little bit. We had them right where we wanted them but unfortunately we just couldn't come up with the win."

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