Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On Michigan State's shooting ... "I thought that their transition game was in high gear. We were disappointed in our ability to get back and find people. That is one of the things we didn't do very well. I think that was the difference in the first half, their ability to get out and score easy buckets. Our kids battled back in the second half, but they made some tremendous plays. I think their ability in the first half with their transition and then late was the difference."
On Michigan State's advantage in the post ... "We really didn't get many opportunities inside. They did a nice job of clogging. The ones we did get we didn't complete and didn't finish and that certainly hurts because you're not going to get a lot of them anyway. When we don't do that, we don't have that balance where we get some production on the interior it really hurts. I thought Dion (Harris) did everything he could from the perimeter spot and was our main scorer in the game, but he certainly needed some help."
On Dion Harris carrying the team ... "He really has. He has really stepped forward for our program and our team right now. That's been the bright spot for us to stay afloat and stay moving. We certainly aren't winning games right now, but certainly I think it has given us an opportunity because of his play. He's very inspired and our kids feed off of him. If he's playing well, at least it gives life to other players."
U-M Sophomore Dion Harris
On the game ... "We started off bad. Out of the first 12 points, they had five layups. I think that started the whole thing today. We got it down to 10 late, but they hit a couple shots and that took away from our energy."
On his play recently ... "I think I am just going out and playing my game; trying to do my best. The shots are falling for me."
On the morale of the team ... "I don't think we have found that out yet. We are still confident and we still believe in what we are doing. We have a lot of basketball to play. I think we are going to hang in there for the rest of the season."
U-M Sophomore John Andrews
On his aggressive performance ... "I am just trying to play hard and play defense. Trying to do whatever I can to help the team."
On cutting the lead to within eight ... "We made some good plays. Brent (Petway) gave us some jump shots. Dion (Harris) was attacking. We put a lot of pressure on their defense and we made a little run."
On what the team needs to do to get back on track ... "The biggest thing we need to do is have confidence in ourselves. We have some good basketball players and we just need to get our confidence and swagger back. We need to play hard and have fun; that's a big key."
U-M Sophomore Brent Petway
On his shooting ... "I had a new found confidence in my shooting ability. Coach (Amaker) told me to go in there and take the shot. With him having the confidence that boosted my confidence even more. So I took the shots and they fell. I have been practicing all year on my shooting and this game I had the opportunity."
On the team's struggles ... "We all really know what we all need to. We are not really looking at it as a struggle. We just have to turn this thing around. We have a tough one at Wisconsin and we just need to keep working hard and hope things turn around for us."
Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo
Opening statement ... "I thought the start of the game was big for us. I thought after Michigan played so well against Illinois, the carry-over was going to be big, especially in our rivalry game. I thought the start of the game we got our fast break going C we got some easy baskets, which was important. We played pretty good. I thought we played pretty good for most of the way. In the second half we struggled a little bit shooting the ball. We played pretty good defensively for that one stretch. You have to give both coach and player credit. Dion [Harris] was sensational in a four- or five-minute stretch and really took the game over and put the team on his back."
MSU Sophomore Guard Shannon Brown
On the preparation for the game ... "We just try to run it at them and get our running game going and be aggressive. Coach told us before the game to just be aggressive and not play on our heels, so we went at them and tried to make them play on their heels."
On how dunks shifted momentum ... "It gives us momentum and takes momentum away from the other team. Anytime anybody can go up and dunk a ball, it quiets the crowd."
On his approach to the game ... "I just tried to come and focus today. We had a great week of practice and I just tried to come in and focus and be ready to play. I knew it was going to be a fight, but we knew our assignments. Michigan came in and played a great game. They came in and made their runs and we just had to withstand them.
MSU Senior Guard Chris Hill
On the Michigan/Michigan State rivalry ... "It's been a little one-sided. We're happy to be on the top side of that, but they deserve credit because they hung in there. We know how it is to be wounded and have a lot of guys out."
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