2003-04 BKM vs. N.C. State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "What a win for our program. To beat a quality opponent such as N.C. State with such basketball tradition is great for this program. I thought it was an outstanding game. Being in the Butler game prepared us for this game, having to hit free throws down the stretch. I was pleased with our effort and our ability to come back when we were down. J.C Mathis was critical coming off the bench and to give us a fine effort with the type of minutes he was given was tremendous for us tonight."

On the game ... "I think the game was going to go in stretches and runs. We went up early and then they responded, but I think we had fine play but we had a number of different players because of the type of style they play. They are a bit of an unconventional team with different kind of lineups on the floor. At times we had three freshmen and two sophomores on the floor. I am very pleased with this team, especially for our seniors the way we have been able to have a joyous locker room which we have had early this season."

On Daniel Horton ... "He is going to be the focal point of many of the teams that we will play. It was a physical game and we will have many more of them this year, but I don't think there is a better competitor in our locker room than Daniel Horton."

On the 4-0 start ... "We are very pleased. Any time you are undefeated and the way that college basketball is going this year our kids and our program is very excited. These last two games were very big for us. Winning one on the road and then at home tonight I would say is a step in the right direction. This was a big night for us, for our former players, current players and the future of our program."

On J.C. Mathis ... "He gave us toughness and valuable experience that we needed on the floor tonight. J.C. coming out and playing defense on the perimeter was critical. He also pulled down some big rebounds, which was a big shot in the arm for us."

U-M Senior/Junior Forward J.C. Mathis

On the game ... "This was a big win for our program. It was important to get off to a good start, especially with last year starting off 0-6. I thought the team played very good defense because I've seen N.C. State play many times, even in person, and I've seen that offense just kill people. I think it was a great accomplishment for our team to come out on top tonight."

On the key to stopping N.C. State ... "I really think we were up in the passing lanes, and I think the pressure defense really disrupted them a little bit. I think that was the key."

On his strong game on the boards ... "Every time I play I try to rebound as hard as I can, but tonight one of the keys for us was to box out on defensive rebounds and keep those guys off the boards. I just tried to crash the glass and see what happens. I was fortunate tonight."

On playing in prime time ... "Coming in, we try to approach every game the same, but this was a special game for us. N.C. State is a good team, they were ranked, and that's why this was a great opportunity for us and our conference in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge."

U-M Sophomore Guard Daniel Horton

On the game ... "We did great. We played great defense and tried to speed them up a little bit on offense to make them take bad shots. At first they knocked down some of those shots, but then they started missing and with guys like J.C. (Mathis) grabbing rebounds allowed us to get out on transition in the offense.

On the free throw shooting down the stretch ... "We still missed too many. This team should be close to 75 percent as a team. We made the majority of them, which allowed us to keep the lead even though they kept getting two-point baskets. We were willing to trade points for free throws at the other end."

On starting the season 4-0 ... "It feels great. This year we are actually getting the job done, going out and playing hard, playing as a team, being unselfish, and playing good defense."

On if this win put Michigan basketball back on the map ... "I think it did kind of open people's eyes, with what we did last year and coming in and beating a good team in N.C. State who is probably going to contend for their conference championship. It's a great win for us, but at the same time we still have to realize that we need to come in and get better every day."

N.C. State Head Coach Herb Sendek

Opening statement ... "I thought Michigan did a great job on defense tonight. From our standpoint the storyline was that we turned the ball over way too much, giving up too many easy baskets on the other end of the floor."

On the game ... "We did not do a good job of staying in the framework of our offense and turned the ball over too much. That was the story of the game."

On playing on the road ... "When you go on the road against a good team in college basketball it is very hard to win. Michigan is a good team and they will win many games this year, but I thought our guys would play harder and not turn the ball over as much as we did."

N.C. State Sophomore Julius Hodge

On the game ... "We had too many missed shots, too many turnovers. It wasn't like the guys weren't focused; we were focused, we were ready to play. They outworked us in the first half. Even though they played good pressure -- and I give them their credit -- we have too good of players to make some of the plays we did. We just weren't playing like ourselves tonight. Sometimes that's how the cookie crumbles."

"They had good, quick guards, but we have good, quick guards too. It's just a matter of that stretch in the first half when we got that lead and couldn't get a score. Anytime that happens, whether you're at home or on the road, the outcome is not going to be in your favor. There are some things that we need to look at on the tape and evaluate ourselves. We're going to be back next game."

On regrouping for the next game ... "We need games like this early in the season to see where your team stands. With 19 turnovers, we could have won by 20 points. We're not going to let this bother us; nobody's going to put their heads down. We can't get too upset over this; all we can do is watch tape as a team, watch tape individually. We know we're a good ballclub with lots of experience, and when it counts, we're going to get it done. Tonight we fell short of that. It happens.

N.C. State Senior Scooter Sherrill

On the game ... "We didn't play our best basketball tonight. I give Michigan a lot of credit, they're a good basketball team. I think the better team lost tonight. We didn't get it going like we have been in the previous three games. It just wasn't there tonight. We had that spurt in the first half, but we need to continue playing a 40-minute game. We can't just have spurts here and spurts there."

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