2004-05 BKM vs. Penn State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On his impression of tonight's game ... "First off, I thought Dani Wohl gave an inspired effort tonight. He played tough and gritty, he was able to get some steals and handled the ball really well for us. I was really happy for our guys tonight. We earned it, we deserved it, and we got it."

On Michigan's success on the offensive end ... "I thought the flow was there for us tonight and we had the defensive energy. We talked a lot about that going into the game. If we could defend, rebound and run, then we would be successful. I think we executed really well and everybody helped on offense, the flow was there and the rhythm was there. It's nice to see the ball go in the basket."

On the importance of setting screens ... "It's a form of being unselfish and our players have really worked at that as well. Sometimes you think that being unselfish is just passing the ball, but you can also do that by setting screens and getting someone open for a shot. Our big guys did that for us tonight. I thought J.C., Graham and Brent really did a good job of putting their bodies out there."

On having a winning spirit heading into Saturday's game at Northwestern ... "I'm very confident in our kids that no matter what, we're still going to have that fighting spirit. It's certainly nice getting off that slide and having a victory heading into the road game at Northwestern."

U-M Sophomore Dion Harris

On the win "It's been a long time since we got a win. It feels good and we came out and we played hard on defense. That's what started it for us, our defense, and we kept the intensity up for 40 minutes and came out with the win."

On his approach on offensive ... "I tried to mix it up. I had some success on their guards last time, they're kind of small, so I wanted to mix it up a little bit and go inside and outside."

U-M Freshman Ron Coleman

On how his performance helped Dion Harris ... "I knew I had to step up, somebody on the team had to step up to give us a lift and help Dion and take the scoring burden off his shoulders. He made great passes, penetrating and dishing and getting me open shots."

On limiting Penn State's points in the paint "Our big men did a good job down there playing defense in the post. We helped them a lot, trying to get them to kick it back out as much as possible."

U_M Senior/Junior Dani Wohl

On his contributions on the court ... "I wanted to come off the bench, give the team a spark and give them help at the defensive end. I wanted to give everything I had and to do whatever we could to get a win tonight."

On the team's win ... "It's great to get a win anyway you can do it. We finished it the right way. I thought we played 40 minutes of pretty good basketball tonight and that's what we've been striving for all along. It's great momentum going into the Northwestern game. Hopefully we can build off of this and move on to the next game."

Penn State Coach Ed DeChellis

On Penn State's performance ... "We had a hard time scoring tonight. We had a hard time on offense scoring only 48 points and shooting 40 percent. Michigan's scorers scored for them. We let Harris get too many points in the first half and couldn't defend Coleman either."

On Penn State's offensive woes ... "We need to keep working on our offense. I don't have the magic number. We missed too many open shots in the second half and had too many turnovers. We weren't smooth or fluid on offense tonight and we need to hit our open shots to be successful."

On Penn State's individual performers ... "Aaron [Johnson] played very well. He had some turnovers in the first few minutes but settled down and played well for us. Danny [Morrissey] hit some early threes to get us into the game. Geary [Claxton] struggled on offense. We didn't have much else out there tonight."

PSU Junior Aaron Johnson

On the game ... "Michigan outworked and outplayed us. They were very unselfish with the ball. That is our problem -- we can be very selfish sometimes. Harris had a hell of a game. Michigan only cares about wins, they don't care who scores."

On Penn State's offensive woes ... "That has been the case the last few games. We shoot too many outside shots and give up too many long rebounds. We have to defend too many fast breaks and we get tired at the end of the game."

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