2005-06 BKM vs. Notre Dame -- Postgame Quotes
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Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On what he feels after the game ... "Well, we know their staff, we have empathy for what they're going through, what they've gone through all season, but we also have felt that, you know what, we haven't had a lot of luck either. I know this was an incredible basketball game; a double overtime game, kids making big-time plays on both ends of the floor, a wonderful crowd, an enthusiastic atmosphere this evening - we couldn't have asked for more. Then certainly, the rainbow jump-shot by the young man from Detroit."

On what turned the game around ... "Well, we certainly had to dig in defensively and get stops and I thought we had to. Not press or rush or panic and I thought that our kids played one possession at a time. [They] tried to show the maturity that we have on this team to be able to claw back, scrape their way back, climb back into it - not trying to just rush and panic. I thought that was the difference. We had to get stops first, but certainly on the offensive end we couldn't just try to get it back in one or two possessions."

On personal performances ... "Well, everyone played a sensational defense - they had to. I thought our post guys did a nice job late in the game. I think we didn't do a great job of playing good post [defense], but a big block by Chris Hunter on Cornett with the dunk really kind of saved us there - one big possession there - and getting loose balls by our post guys; just doing a lot of little things down the stretch that we needed them to do. We had so many areas you can point to, or why we were able to come up with this win but it was a great team effort."

U-M Junior Guard Dion Harris

On the game winning shot ... "Daniel [Horton] has bailed us out of so many situations like that, obviously they knew we were going to him for the last shot and they collapsed on him. Just like last game when we played them down there, they double teamed him and left me open. He hit me again tonight and I knocked it down."

On the heart the team displayed tonight ... "Before we got into the NIT, we just said we were going to give it our best shot and play to win. We've been giving it our all these past two games"

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On battling back ... "We just had to keep defending them. They been giving everybody a lot of problems all year with the way they can shoot the ball and score. We just knew we had to keep fighting and defending. We had chances to win and finally Dion [Harris] hit one."

On his performance ... "I just tried to lead the team to a win, whether it was me taking the shot or Dion (Harris) taking the shot. I remember against Indiana, Dion caught a lot a heat because he didn't shoot the first one but this time he shot it. I have all the confidence in world in that guy when he catches and shoots."

U-M Senior Forward Chris Hunter

On Notre Dame ... "Tough game. They've lost a lot of games like that this year. We were just lucky to have that ball fall in. It was a great game and we're just fortunate to come out with the win."

On playing again on Wednesday ... "It's going to be tough coming off a double overtime game. We just need to re-group and re-focus. We just need to put it out on the line because it's one or done. That's how we have to play."

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey

On the season's end ... "As far as the game is concerned, that is about as good as it gets. I love this team and I am really going to miss not going to practice tomorrow. They did not win a championship, they had to grind it the whole time, and I am very proud of how they have always battled. I was proud of how we battled tonight too. We laid it all on the line, which has been our style. That's a very good team. In my opinion, I think Michigan is an NCAA tournament team. But they made some key plays. They made more key plays than we did."

Notre Dame Senior Guard Chris Quinn

On the game ... "It's rough, the way it ended. It kind of signifies our whole season, really. Coach Brey was trying to talk to us and put things in perspective, but it is kind of hard to do that right now. It is personal, for me it is my last game. It truly is a tough loss, it's disheartening."

On the Wolverines ... "They are a great team, they have got many talented players... [Daniel] Horton, [Dion] Harris, [Lester] Abram. They have also got the size and they are really athletic. It's a good combination. We have played them twice now and both times it has been a last-shot battle. They are a good team, it has just been fun playing against them."


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