2001-02 BKM at Bowling Green -- quotes

U-M Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On the game ... "It certainly is a disappointing loss for our ballclub. I would like to congratulate Bowling Green and Coach (Dan) Dakich on a great win for their program. It certainly was a very difficult place for us to play. I think it's an outstanding environment for college basketball. Their students did a magnificent job for the team. That shot by (Keith) McLeod ... he's a very tough player to defend. The last shot he made was in and out. I thought it was out. I'm very disappointed for our kids. I thought we gave great effort. It's a gut-wrenching loss when you lose a game so close and hard-fought the whole way. This game was certainly a tough game and one or two plays were going to be the difference. You have to give Bowling Green credit. I thought they made the plays down the stretch to win the basketball game."

On the play of point guard Avery Queen ... "I thought Avery was able to give us penetration and I think he was a big factor in the first half when we were able to get a lead. I think he did a nice job handling the basketball. I thought he played a solid game and he was finding ways to get some people open shots."

On the turnovers in the second half ... "That's disappointing for us. There's no question our key guys have to take care of the basketball. I thought the last game we played we did a much better job of that. You certainly have to give credit to [Bowling Green's] defense, the pressure they put on us. This environment is a tough place to play. I think that goes without saying. But we were careless also."

On learning from the last two games ... "Hopefully we can gain a lot from it. I think for our kids need to recognize the level of basketball we have to play, regardless of where we go and who we play against."

U-M Sophomore Guard Avery Queen

On the game ... "In the first half we were moving the ball and getting open shots and we were knocking them down. In the second half I think we were still moving the ball around, but the shots were not falling for us. Toward the end we had a lot of opportunities to score but we didn't take advantage of it."

Bowling Green Head Coach Dan Dakich

On the game ... "I thought the key to the game for us was not getting blown out in the first half. I thought that our team showed some real character and showed some real guts. I thought Keith McLeod was tremendous. I thought that Len Matela came in and gave us everything he had. It was a pretty good night. It was a fun night to be a Falcon basketball coach."

BGSU Senior Guard Keith McLeod
On the hitting the big three-pointer ... "I had my mind made up after I came off the ball screen that I was taking the shot. It was do or die. I had a lot of confidence that the shot was going to go in."

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