2003-04 BKM vs. Michigan Tech -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement
... "First of all, we were anxious to play to find out where we are as a basketball team. There are things that we have to work on, but I want to give a lot of credit to Michigan Tech. They are a tough, gritty, hard-nosed team that plays hard and was going to be very excited to be here. I was really impressed with our players who were available to play, especially in the second half because we began to figure things out and work as a unit. Dion Harris was tremendous, and I also want to give credit to Amadou Ba. He was a spark for our team. I think Amadou is going to be the player to give us the emotional lift when we need it."

On Dion Harris ... "I told our players that he was the player of the game for us. I thought his poise and his defense were really the difference in how he helped our team. We know he is an offensive player, but certainly his ability to guard somebody has opened the eyes of our team and our coaching staff. He has practiced very hard this year and made great strides doing that. He has had his down days because he is a freshman, but today we saw what his future might hold. He showed the signs that he could be a great player in the Big Ten, because he does have a complete game. He has been coached very well and he doesn't play like a freshman. He is a very unselfish player and will make the extra pass when it needs to be made."


On Daniel Horton ... "He really stepped up. He hit the big shots when we needed him to. I thought his leadership out on the floor, handling the ball for us, was very important. I really feel that his play is always going to be steady and outstanding."

U-M Sophomore Guard Daniel Horton

On the team's performance ... "We did not play how we are capable of playing. We played against some good competition today. Those guys are really good and I do not want to take anything away from their basketball team. They kind of socked us in the first half. They were up and they played harder than we did. We wanted to come out in the second half and make some adjustments and get things in back in our favor."

On the slow start in the first half ... "We were not playing with a lot of intensity. Everything for us starts on the defensive end. When we give up a lot of points, it doesn't give us a chance to get out and run and play our style of basketball. We gave up a lot of baskets in the first half, and when you are taking the ball out of the net all of the time, it makes it hard to run."

On his performance ... "I just try to do whatever the team needs and give the team a spark defensively or offensively. I just try and do what it takes to win."

On the crowd ... "It was pretty good. There were a lot more people here than there were last year. I was just happy the Maize Rage showed up and we had a lot of fans to support us."

U-M Sophomore Wing Lester Abram

On what the team did well and what they need to work on ... "We need to start the games better and get off to a faster start. We need to play with more energy. We can't wait until we get down to start playing hard. We have to give a good effort for 40 minutes."

On what the team talked about at halftime ... "We talked about how our energy level wasn't high. We came out and and our coach said it seemed like we were taking this team lightly. They were playing tougher than us. We had to get out there and play the way we know we can play."

On his performance ... "I was trying to be aggressive. My shot was not falling. I am not the type of player that worries about scoring a lot, so if my shot is not going well then I try and get some rebounds. Hopefully I can get some offensive rebounds and and get some easy layups to get me going."

U-M Freshman Guard Dion Harris

On his first game in a Michigan uniform ... "It was exactly what I thought it would be. It was tough today. We really had to fight to the win."

On his three-point shooting ... "The plays we run, I am always ready to shoot. Coach tells me to be ready to shoot the ball, and I was able to knock down some threes."

On the crowd ... "There were more people than I expected. It seemed like they were all for us today and it probably helped us get the win."

Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke

On the opportunity to play in Crisler Arena
... "Number one, it is an awesome opportunity for a Division II team to come in here and play a quality program in a quality structure. It is an awesome feeling. I want to thank Michigan over and over to give us this opprotunity. To come in here, our guys have been fired up all preseason. It has been a huge help for our program, because when you have to prepare for a team like this the guys come to practice every day ready to get after it. We are in a win-win situation no matter what the score is. Our kids represented themselves well."

MTU Junior Guard Jason Marcotte

On playing in the Big Ten Conference environment
... "Our whole team's heads are spinning. We are not used to nice locker rooms, nice food, nice hotel, but we had that this weekend. We have a lot of guys on our team that are from the Detroit area; they were all fired up to play. With all the emotions of being fired up and ready to play, we needed to find a way to balance that. We did that in the first half, but the second half it just didn't work out."

On the Huskies' effort ... "I am very pleased with it. Nobody backed down at all. Obviously they are very athletic and they played a good game too. We had nothing to lose, so we just wanted to come in here and have some fun and see what would happen. So I am pleased with the way our team played."

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