2004-05 BKM vs. Colorado -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the team effort ... "It was a hard-fought game. I though we came with a lot of energy. We took the lead early. Colorado bounced back in it, showing the leadership and toughness that that team is capable of. We had solid play from many different players. Dion Harris was tremendous for us the whole game. Overall, for this team to be 2-0 and advance to the NIT Preseason is pretty special."

On the defense setting the tone ... "I like the fact that we can sustain it throughout the game. I thought we just shot out of a cannon and it led to so many positive things offensively. We couldn't have gotten off to a better start out there. I was really pleased with that. I thought the energy was there from our kids right away and I thought the atmosphere was electric for us."

On the post players ... "Our post players are very confident. Colorado was blocking shots from every angle and direction. Certainly we wished our guys could have drawn a little more contact in there. We need to close the gap. We gave them gaps to block in, but we didn't back down from it and we were able to convert from the free throw line. I was very pleased with Courtney's (Sims) double-double."

U-M Sophomore Dion Harris

On the team's aggressiveness ... "In the past two games, we haven't really come out and attacked the other team offensively and defensively. I think that's what we did today."

On his offensive performance ... "I think I was just being aggressive on offense and tried to create and make things happen. I think it really paid off for me."

U-M Junior Lester Abram

On the win ... "I thought we were aggressive and came out with a lot of energy in the first half. They did a good job of getting back into the game but we maintained our lead and didn't let it get close enough for them to get back in it."

On advancing to the next round ... "Coach (Amaker) said we had to win this mini-tournament by beating Binghamton and Colorado. Now we're on our way to New York. We have a game this Friday, so we have to prepare for that tomorrow. That's what's on our minds now."

U-M Sophomore Courtney Sims

On the game ... "It was a real good game, I think Dion (Harris) really carried us offensively and made all the shots. It was a tough game. We had them up by 15 or 17 points but they didn't quit. They battled back and played aggressive. You have to give them credit, but I think Dion carried us throughout the whole game with his shooting."

On Michigan's quick start ... "We started off slow last game, so we wanted to focus on getting a fast start and maintaining that lead and not having a letdown. I think we did a really good job with that. We had trouble executing in the second half down the stretch, but we bounced back and handled our business."

Colorado Coach Ricardo Patton

On the team's second half comeback ... "I was excited to see the team continue to get better. By the time we realized we could play with Michigan we had dug too deep a hole. We cut the lead to seven but gave up a turnover and then a dunk and couldn't get back into it. Our guys showed a lot of good things and we'll have a lot of growth with this team."

On Michigan's defense ... "Michigan played a physical game and we didn't respond. They cut off the passing lanes and we didn't set enough screens in the first half. Most of those Michigan players are juniors and we're trying to piece guys together. We played tough and cut the lead to seven in the second. We showed a lot of growth."

On Colorado's potential ... "Michigan is experienced. They played at home tonight in front of a loud crowd and don't forget that they won the NIT last season in New York. Games like these are a challenge for our guys and our non-conference schedule is no cakewalk. We need to build on the positives, like the second half. We'll be okay once the Big 12 season rolls around."

CU Freshman Richard Roby

On Michigan sophomore Dion Harris ... "He's a good shooter so coach put me on him because I have length and I was trying to contest his shots. He moves well without the ball and had a good game. I tried to make him work on defense a lot so that maybe some of those shots wouldn't drop in the second half. It's the first time we've faced adversity this season and we stepped up our game a little late. If we get better each week we'll be a good team."

On his first road game in college ... "It was definitely an experience. The crowd acted like a sixth man. The team feeds off their energy and one of our goals was to try and take them out of the game. We didn't do as good a job of that as we hoped."

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