Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On Michigan's defensive effort ... "We should play that way and we worked hard at it, and I give our kids all the credit in the world because we've put a lot of time into working on help-side defense. Even our players on the bench, when the ball is on one side of the floor, they are responsible to yell 'help-side.' We want to make sure we recognize where we should be in that position. So I give our entire team C the kids on the floor and the kids on the bench C they get the credit for it because we have made it a point of emphasis and it's nice to see that they get an award for it."
On successfully containing Delaware State's Jahsha Bluntt ... "I thought it was our entire perimeter because we switched a lot and had some different combinations trying to guard him. He is a very good player, and he's better than what he showed her this afternoon. I thought we contributed to him shooting poorly, but certainly Lester (Abram) started there and Ron (Coleman) C those two kids in particular C they did an outstanding job at defending a very good, high-powered offensive player."
On dictating the tempo of the game ... "We did, and that was one of the goals for us is to make sure we played at our pace and not their pace. We didn't pull off or lighten up defensively. Some teams want to pull back and allow them to eat up the time, eat up the shot clock. We wanted to be the aggressor. I thought we were and it helped us offensively. I was disappointed that we had nine turnovers in the first half, but we did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half. Defensively, again, it allows us to play a certain way offensively and out kids executed."
On the strong play by the seniors ... "I've mentioned that our seniors have really done a heck of a job with this team. And certainly today was a great indication of how Courtney (Sims) played and how he was fairly efficient. Petway was outstanding. Harris is shooting the ball at an unbelievable pace with the last game into this game today. And then Lester's defense. All four seniors allowed us to play at a pace that we needed coming off of a tough victory on Thursday night down in Miami of Ohio."
U-M Senior Wing Lester Abram
On the strong defensive showing ... "We wanted to play team defense. We did not want to let down after the big road victory that we had at Miami (Ohio). We wanted to keep the defensive intensity up and that is what we did because we pride our team on defense."
On getting eight different scorers involved offensively ... "We just have good team chemistry. Everyone is always looking for the open man to see who is open, and they are always expecting to take the shots. It's pretty simple."
U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway
On what he considered Michigan's keys to success ... "Defense was the key. We held them to 26 points in the first half and 17 points in the second half. That is just a big credit to how we run. That is how we want to play. Their style is to try to run the clock down and we still held them to 17. That is pretty big."
On his sixth double-double ... "The points were easy because we were penetrating and making plays. My teammates were getting it to me at the easy spots for points and lay-ups. Rebounds are always an emphasis for Courtney (Sims) and me and all the post players to make it easier on the guards to get out and around."
On Michigan's 13 of 16 performance from the foul line ... "Last game we shot poorly, so yesterday we came in here and we were tired but we came to practice and shot free throws. I think that helped us out a lot today. We got our rhythm and confidence back on the free throw line and we were able to step up and knock them down today."
Delaware State Coach Greg Jackson
On Michigan's strength from three-point range early in the game ... "I thought in the first nine or ten minutes, Michigan shot the ball extremely well. One game, they shot 62 percent from the three-point range and in another game, they shot 20 percent. Tonight, they came out and they shot the ball well. It was a surprise that they shot the ball like they did. But that's what good teams do. They'll take what you give them."
On defending all areas of Michigan's offense ... "We just don't have enough manpower to compete on this level. You can take one thing away, but these teams are so strong on so many different areas that it's hard to try to take everything away. We sagged and tried to take their inside game away, but they made shots from the outside."
On what he attributed to Delaware State's poor shooting in the second half ... "It was their defensive intensity. They came out and made us put the ball on the floor to create a shot, and that's not our strength. Any time that we have to put the ball on the floor to create our own shot, we're not going to beat very many teams. They realized that it was our weakness and they exploited it."
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