2006-07 BKM vs. Michigan State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On having a lot of character and continuing to fight ... "We certainly felt we were going to have a lot of energy to play this game tonight. We thought it was going to be a game of runs and it was. I was really impressed with how we were able to show poise when they made their runs. We got up by 10, they came right back at us and had an 8-0 run and cut right back into the lead C their fans in here got them going again. So I was really happy for our kids for fighting that run off. Then we put together our run and we finished the game out in a very first-class manner."

On Jevohn Shepherd's defensive play ... "I thought our bench in particular really gave us great effort. I thought Jevohn, Ronnie Coleman and DeShawn Sims really gave us some spirited, great play off the bench and we needed it. We certainly needed more than the five that were going to start the game for us to play well. I thought those kids did it; Jevohn did it on the defensive end, and in such a fine fashion."

On the play of Dion Harris ... "I mentioned to our kids that I thought our seniors really propelled us to this victory. Courtney Sims with a double-double; Dion with just being an offensive machine out there for us and being a player who made plays, made shots (and) was aggressive C he was all over the place for us. (Then) Lester Abram made big free throws late to help us keep them at bay. So I was just really pleased for our seniors. But Dion, having 24 points, and Courtney Sims I thought played really big for us C 13 (points) and 10 (rebounds) C a big, big evening for that kid as well."

On Michigan playing strong down the stretch ... "I'm very proud of them for being able to stay focused and take one game at a time. Going on the road, winning at a tough place for us has been difficult. To go into Williams Arena in Minneapolis and win that game in a convincing fashion; to come back home and get ready for C we thought C the hottest team right now. (They were) maybe one of the hottest teams in the country, winning four in a row and upsetting the No. 1 team on their floor. So we really felt that our kids had the right frame of mind (and) the right attitude to be able to handle this task in front of what we knew was going to be a big challenge. But I can't say enough about how they were able to tackle this challenge, handle it the right way, and we're hopeful that we're not done yet."

U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris

On why he thinks he was able to be so successful tonight ... "I was just confident today and I just let it all out. I just went out there and played my game. I think that's why I was so successful today."


On how important it was to get a big win like this at the end of the season ... "With me being an in-state guy, just looking at some of the teams that Michigan State has beaten and knowing that they are always a tough team that really goes hard at it, it's a big win to come in and beat Michigan State. They've won most of the contests over the past few years so it was a big win me and the program."

U-M Senior Forward Courtney Sims

On the game ... "It was emotional. We knew we had to get this game, one of the last couple of games in the season. Everybody stepped up well -- our guys off the bench played well. Jevohn (Shepherd) came in and played well and Ron (Coleman) played well and hit a big three, everybody contributed to this win."


On the seniors finishing up their home career against No. 1 Ohio State ... "It's going to be big and emotional. It will probably be more emotional than this game because we know we have to have that game. It's going to be a big game because if we win then we'll be over .500 in the conference. It's going to be our last game here so it's going to be huge for the seniors."

U-M Sophomore Guard Jerret Smith

On the importance of only committing eight turnovers ... "We just have to learn from our mistakes. When our turnovers were high earlier in the season, we were losing games like this. Whenever you make turnovers, those turn into points on the other end. That's something that we really wanted to focus on."


On preparing for the next game ... "Every win is big for us. Getting 20 wins in one season is something that we haven't done in a while. We just have to keep focused. Now that the game's over we have to focus on Ohio State. We can't reminisce on this because Ohio State is going to prepare tonight. We have to get ready to go and get better each day."

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