Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On the defense ... "They were a scrapping and clawing team. We turned the ball over a lot in the first half and they made us do those things by how hard they played. Our defense has been tremendous for us this year. Certainly we really clamped down in the second half and held them to 18 points. I was really pleased with Brent Petway's energy and his play. John Andrews came off the bench and gave us some solid, solid minutes. I though Sherrod Harrell gave us some toughness and grittiness our there. I am just really proud of our team and a great team effort and how well we hung together."
On the team anticipating well on defense ... "We are. Sometimes you can block shots and you think that's great defense, but sometimes it is when we are not doing things well and we have to make a great play. I think it's a little bit of both. We had some good blocks because of really good defense and we had some breakdowns where basically Brent (Petway) had to come in and make up for some miscues we had out there. Certainly we'll take it and we need it."
On the team's shot selection ... "I really liked it. I was just disappointed in our handling of the ball. They got up in us and we didn't handle it very well. I'm sure they saw a little from the Colorado game and were able to see that we didn't do a good job late in the game. Certainly Dion Harris in the second half gave us some great offensive production. Again, we used the free throw line very well. We didn't shoot it as well as we did in the two previous games, but 71 percent is pretty good."
On the team's maturity ... "I think we are growing. Again, we didn't play as well as we wanted, particularly in the first 20 minutes. I think what you saw is that we are coming together in critical moments. That is the sign of growth and maturity. Different players are doing different things, hanging tough and not getting distracted when things are not going our way. We had to pull ourselves up and sometimes you have to dig it out and we had to dig one out tonight."
U-M Junior Guard Daniel Horton
On his thoughts on the game ... "It was a hard-fought game, Sacramento State played hard. In the first half, their scrambling defense gave us a little trouble but I think once we figured it out, we were able to do some good things against them in the second half. It seems like every team that comes in here is going to fight hard against us. That is the way it is going to be whole season so we have to be ready to step up to the challenge."
On what the team needs work on ... "We have to pay more attention to detail. I think we have corrected a lot of the things that we had trouble with last year. We're still not there and we have a long way to go. We just have to work on paying attention to detail a little better. Once we get that down we'll be a special team."
U-M Sophomore Forward Brent Petway
On the team's interior defense ... "Everyone stepped up. Even the guards came down and helped us dig in to the ball a few times. All of the big men played really good defense. Everyone on the team turned our intensity up and it really showed in the second half."
On his seven-block performance ... "It's just a good night for everybody. If we have a good night, we have a good night. My teammates helped me out on the offensive end. Once you get a bucket, you get energized even more. It helps me on defense to go up and get the ball."
U-M Sophomore Forward Courtney Sims
On the team's performance ... "We came together in the second half. Sacramento State battled back and we had to fight in the second half and I think we did that."
On the team's focus heading into Arizona ... "We just need to stick to our game and I think we will be fine if we do that. We had our focus on Sacramento State but I think if we play our game we will be fine."
Sacramento State Coach Jerome Jenkins
On the first game of the season ... "It was the first game of the season and we really needed a game like that to gage where we are. We have a lot to work on defensively, but On overall I am happy with our effort."
On Michigan's defense down low ... "They're big and they are a lot bigger than us. I give them credit. Coach Amaker does a good job with those guys."
Sacramento State Guard Dashawn Freeman
On thoughts going into the second half ... "We knew we needed to play hard in the second half and continue to execute on offense. We were into the game the whole time except for the last six minutes. If we did not have a few mistakes here and there, we would have been in until the end."
On what to take away from the game ... "We have to be more mentally strong when we get down. We can't make big mistakes and throw the ball away; and we have to keep up our defensive movement."
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