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

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On Michigan's performance ... "Certainly I think we have a long way to go. You have to give Wayne State a lot of credit for how tough and how scrappy they are. I thought we did some good things in stretches, but certainly weren't able to sustain it. Foul trouble played a role, especially on our perimeter players. I'm not really pleased with our intelligence when we were in foul trouble. I don't think we played as smart as we should have and that concerns us. We have a lot of things that we can look at from a film perspective to get better because we have to do it in a hurry."

On the play of Brent Petway ... "He was terrific. I told our team that he certainly was the story for us. I think he's one of those players that brings a lot of energy, not because of his dunks, but he goes and gets it above the rim on a rebound. He makes plays, he can block a shot. He's an energy guy."

U-M Junior Daniel Horton

On his thoughts on the game ... "I think it was a hard-fought game. It was pretty much what we expected. They have a good team and they will continue to fight, but we were able to pull it out. I think we played hard. We had the energy in the second half that allowed us to build on the lead. I have to give them credit, they knocked down their open shots and played tough."

On the team's focus heading into the regular season ... "We just want to get better every day. We just have to come back to practice and prepare for Monday's game. In our minds, these two games counted. But on Monday, that's when it really counts. So we have to step it up but I think we'll be ready after a few good days of practice this week."

U-M Junior Lester Abram

On the team's performance ... "I think we played good defense. Our defense is there, but when we have a chance to put away teams, we just have to come up with big plays and get offensive rebounds. We need to box out and move the ball up the court. We had stretches where I thought we would move the lead up to 20 points, but then they came up with big plays."

Wayne State Coach David Greer

On Michigan's team play ... "They're a Division I team, and they're very balanced. They have a good inside and outside game. We basically tried to take something away and not let them dominate both. We tried to sag in on Courtney Sims a little bit. Even when you're plugging away they can go on a run so easily. In the last four minutes we started to run out of gas."

On Wayne State's effort ... "A couple times Michigan picked up their defensive intensity. I think we went four minutes without a basket. We could have easily folded in, but we hung in there. I thought they competed really well. We were really out-manned on the boards, but I was pleased with our effort."

Wayne State's Darrell Evans

On the experience gained from playing a Division I team ... "You have to play hard every time down the court because a team like that never stops moving. You have to be on your game at all times and play hard because they play hard. But, we were worn out tonight because we only played seven or eight guys deep. I think we ran out of gas toward the end. A couple guys like myself are probably not in good enough shape. We just have to work harder in practice every day."

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