2004-05 BKM vs. Binghamton -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the game ... "The first thing I told our players, when we got in the lockerroom was I was proud of their defensive effort. I thought we showed some poise and didn't panic when we got down by double digits. We played possession by possession and cut their lead down to four by halftime. At halftime, I told them, 'Let's start off this half as is we were just starting the game off down four to zero.' I thought the way we played defensively was a result of how we closed out the first half."

On Michigan's turnovers ... "We had 10 turnovers in the first half including six by Daniel Horton. That was very uncharacteristic of Daniel. Not giving them the ball with silly turnovers in the second half was key for us."

On Brent Petway ... "He is an energizer and he makes plays in a variety of ways. He gives the whole team a shot in the arm and you know when he is on the floor because he will make something positive happen. He is an intimidator on the defensive end and is able to get the rebound above the rim."

On staying calm in the first half ... "I felt we shouldn't panic on the floor, being down 10, 11 and 12 points. My team needed me to demonstrate what I had been preaching to them. We always talk about playing one possession at a time and I thought they responded beautifully. The key for us was not letting them game get away in the first half."

On Michigan's shot selection ... "For the most part I thought we took very good shots. I though Lester Abram's shot selection wasn't the best. I think at times when we are not scoring, we tend to press a little more. We have to help the players not become antsy or in a panicky mood. In the second half, Lester did a better job and got to the free-throw line. Certainly we cannot have more shots than turnovers during the ball game."

U-M Sophomore Brent Petway

On the win ... "It was a big victory for us. To open up the season at home and be able to come out 1-0 is a great beginning."

On responding to the aggressiveness of Binghamton ... "Defensively, they were a scrappy team. They came in here ready to win so they were very physical."

On performance off the bench ... "I'm trying to do whatever I can. I wasn't able to play as many minutes as I wanted to because I committed too many stupid fouls. I'm glad I was able to get the crowd back into the game and provide a spark."

U-M Sophomore Dion Harris

On Michigan's defensive effort in the second half ... "We decided that we were going to play great defense on the ball as well as off the ball and focus on help-side defensive. We really clamped down defensively in the second half."

On his performance ... "I attacked the basket more aggressively, trying to get fouled and get to the line. That is what I wanted to do in the second half and I came out and did it."

U-M Junior Daniel Horton

On the game ... "We thought it was a hard-fought win. We played great defense in the second half. We did not play as well as we wanted to in the first half on defense but I can't say enough about these guys stepping up defensively. It was great effort."

On what the team discussed during halftime ... "We just had to pick up our intensity, especially on defense. We gave up a lot of easy baskets in the first half and wanted to come out and eliminate those. We wanted to pick up our intensity and hustle."

Binghamton Coach Al Walker

On the first half versus the second half ... "We hit our shots in the first half but missed them in the second. We really stroked the ball in the first half. Every time we looked up there were more points on the scoreboard, but Michigan turned up its defense in the second half. We may have gotten fatigued. Our guys worked hard."

On Binghamton's defense ... "We had a great effort through 40 minutes. Our guys worked hard against Michigan. They are bigger and faster and our guys busted their humps to stay with them all game. I would be exhausted after that effort."

On freshman Jordan Fithian ... "Jordan went off for a stretch there. He was the only player to plus out when we looked at film from the Rockport game. He has showed toughness and he's been vocal for our team and we are trying to nurture that and take advantage of it out there. He played more minutes tonight than I'd like, but he had a great game."

Binghamton Senior Nick Billings

On a tough loss to Michigan ... "I don't want to make any excuses but some of those fouls weren't fouls. They called a tight game and I got into foul trouble early. I couldn't get anything done out there. I was looking forward to playing this game but the refs called a tight game."

On getting pulled from the game early ... "Coach usually leaves me in the game when I get an early foul and lets me work through it. I'm supposed to contribute a lot on offense and defense, but with early fouls I was stuck on the bench. It's frustrating to see your team play when you can't go out there and contribute."

Binghamton Freshman Jordan Fithian

On finding out about his first collegiate start ... "Coach told me I'd be starting this morning when we had a team meeting. I had been practicing with the first team but I wasn't sure if he was sending a message to another starter or not. I made the most of the opportunity and tried to help us win."

On the atmosphere at Crisler Arena ... "It was amazing. The fans behind the bench were awesome. With that many fans screaming and cheering, you can't help but have fun and step up your game. You can hear them when you're on the floor, especially at the free throw line. You just try to block them out, go through your routine and make your shots. I was impressed with them."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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