2006-07 BKM vs. Youngstown State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On Brent Petway's performance ... "Brent, in our opinion as a coaching staff, was the only bright spot for us this evening. I was not pleased with our performance in the last part of the second half and certainly the majority of the first half. I was incredibly impressed and pleased with how Brent played. I thought he was one of the reasons we were able to get a cushion in the first half. We were able to balance and push things out, and he was right in the middle of it, as you mentioned, getting a double-double."

On the defensive performance by Dion Harris ... "I thought we did a nice job on them and we needed to. We weren't scoring as well and their zone was giving us some problems and we were able to defend (Quin) Humphrey. He's an outstanding player, you can see flashes of how can he can be in the second half, how he was shooting the three, attacking the basket and getting the alley-oop dunk. He's very athletic and explosive, but I thought Dion (Harris) really had him in check for the first 20 minutes."

On what the team needs to improve on ... "I thought we played, in the later stages, without a sense of urgency. I didn't like the way we were going about it. It looked as if we thought we had the game won and we were just going to try and play it out, as opposed to those kids (the younger players) trying to earn more playing time by how they're playing when they hit the floor. If you're going to put that uniform on, you're going to get out there to play. It doesn't matter what the score is, you're supposed to play a certain way, and I'm not pleased with the effort we gave in the last part of the second half."

U-M Senior Wing Lester Abram

On his thoughts on the game ... "We played good in stretches. We've obviously got to finish games a lot better. We're trying to prepare ourselves to play in the Big Ten, where we'll face tough opponents."

On six wins in a row and what contributed to those wins ... "We always try to keep a defensive mentality no matter what. Our defense is what's helping us on the six-game win streak. We need to continue to keep playing good defense and get better as a team in practice and carry it out in the games."

U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris

On running the offense with a season-best seven assists ... "For me, we were just executing our offense. They got into a zone and I was just trying to find our guys in the middle. Guys hit open shots on the wing, which helped out. I was just trying to find open guys since my shots weren't falling. I just tried to look for everybody else and make shots."

On what the team needs to do to prepare for Maryland-Baltimore County ... "We have to close things out better. We've been doing a good job of that, but today we got a little lax during the last eight minutes. Going into the next game, we have to go out there and focus on finishing the game."

U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway

On how the defense fared on the day ... "We want to establish that defensive identity. In the second half we held them to 29 points for a long stretch. That's how we want to play. We want to get stops -- it's demoralizing to teams. They start thinking they can't score against you because your defense is that good."

On his second double-double of the season ... "I was able to get the points because guys were looking for me. The guards were penetrating zones, and when they're able to penetrate the zone it leaves open cracks for the post man. They were getting the ball to me and I was getting easy layups, and anybody can score on layups. Rebounding, that's another thing we pride ourselves on, controlling backboards so we can say we dominated the paint."

On the backcourt's performance ... "They were good. In the first half we struggled with turnovers but we tightened that up. That's when we went on our run in the second half. They were able to penetrate the zone and hit some outside shots, and that's what opened things up on the inside."

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