2005-06 BKM vs. Minnesota -- Postgame Quotes

U-M Coach Tommy Amaker

On U-M setting the tone ... "I thought that was the game plan for us, defending, rebounding and running. I thought we did all three of those things in high fashion and high gear. It certainly starts with our defensive energy and Daniel Horton and Chris Hunter, in particular, really gave us a shot early in their respective ways."

On maintaining the energy into the second half ... "[Minnesota] came right at us at the opening tip there. We certainly were trying to get our guys geared up for the first four minutes of the second half. You give them credit for not quitting, they came out fighting and we had to call an early timeout. It is difficult though I think those are the things you have to respond to and I thought we responded very well after that timeout."

On Hayes Grooms ... "Hayes is a senior, he's an older kid. He plays in a mature way and knows his role. Ron also gave us a shot in the arm as well with his early jump shots. I thought in the first got going. I thought Daniel's floor game was tremendous. I was really pleased how he orchestrated things allowing us to get that big cushion in the first half."

On Dion Harris ... "Coming into the game, we were hoping Dion could give us something tonight, but as we found out it was probably he didn't play. As the way things turned out it could be a big blessing for us not to have used him tonight and still have a pretty gritty performance by our kids."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On the improving defense ... "I think that today we had a little more intensity and a little more hustle, but we have still got to get better at getting loose balls. Especially in the second half, there were a lot of loose balls and a lot of second-chance opportunities that we were disappointed with. For the most part I think we played pretty good defense."

On his 100th career game ... "I did not even know that it was my 100th career game, but I know that I have been here a long time. It feels good. Anytime I get a chance to compete and to wear this uniform I am happy. I am glad we were able to play better defense and end the losing streak today."

U-M Junior Center Courtney Sims

On free throws ... "Free throw-shooting is a key for us. We are a good free-throw shooting team and they are also. It was important for us to keep them off the line and for us to get on the line."

On the win's significance ... "We needed the momentum to play Michigan State and have a lot of confidence. We were happy just to end [the losing streak.] Our defense picked up a lot today. I was amazed because they have been playing well and beating some good teams. It was not an easy win. It was a tough game."

U-M Sophomore Wing Ron Coleman

On his shooting ... "I was able to shoot effectively because we played defense well. Daniel Horton was giving me the ball and I was able to knock it down. It just seemed to work well like that all game."

On ending the losing streak ... "It feels good to be back on track. Now we have to just get ready for our next one. We will take this momentum that we gained today, work on it, and just keep getting better."

Minnesota coach Dan Monson

On the game ... "Michigan really dictated both ends of the floor for an extended period of time. For the first 10-12 minutes the game really got out of control in a hurry. They pressured us and we did not handle that very well on the defensive end. They dictated our shots and their shots for the first 15 minutes of the game. I did not think we played bad after that. I thought we did some things better to start the second half. But it is a 40 minute game and we did not come prepared for the first 15."

On what contributed to the loss ... "I have got to watch it. I think it was multiple things. This is the second time we have played them. These two games, and against Ohio State we just did not contest shots. They dictated the shots against us better than anybody besides Ohio State in the 11 games we have played so far."

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