2003-04 BKM vs. Bowling Green -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "We felt that going against a team in desperate mode in the same situation we were in last year, losing some tough games, that we were going to face a hungry team. Bowling Green was that and then some. We were not as sharp as we would have liked to have been, but I credit our players for finding ways to come through for us. I think our ability to go the line was and also our ability to force them into a few turnovers was the difference for us."

On the starting lineup of today's game ... "We went with a different lineup. We felt we needed a change. We were not pleased with the play of Daniel Horton and Lester Abram, so we made the decision to switch the lineup. Daniel needed to run the team better and Lester needed to rebound better. I am sure that they will both be back to the players we know they can be and play many quality minutes for us in the future. I think Lester was very solid for us, and I think Daniel was close to being himself today."

On the rebounding margin ... "I thought it was not well for us. Bowling Green outrebounding us by a solid margin, especially on the offensive glass. Our defensive rebounding is critical. We are giving up too many second chances. They had 62 shots to our 46 and that is a direct result of giving up second chances."

On Chris Hunter's injury ... "Chris had an MRI on his knee. We are not sure what the area of his knee is hurting him right now, but we were told to hold him out of the game today. It has been an ongoing thing. He has worn a sleeve on his left knee and at times it flares up in terms of swelling."

U-M Senior Bernard Robinson Jr.

On establishing an offensive flow in the game ... "Bowling Green did a good job. They were out there playing hard and it was hard for us to get into a flow because they were bumping us and making it hard for us to get to certain spots we wanted to be in. There were a lot of whistles, but we just had to fight through and eventually we got some of the calls."

On Michigan's free throw shooting ... "It was very important for us to do well from the line today. They fouled us a lot and forced us to make our shots from the line. I think we stepped up big and were able to make those shots to secure the lead."

U-M Sophomore Lester Abram

On the play of the bench ... "I thought the bench contribution was great. J.C. (Mathis) played a significant amount of minutes today and he helped us a lot by being aggressive and getting to the free throw line and getting some rebounds."

Bowling Green Head Coach Dan Dakich

Opening statement ... "I though Michigan was really good. The middle and end of the first half was the difference in the ballgame. Their pressure allowed them to get up by 20 points by the half. It was all our turnovers. But like I said, give Michigan a bunch of credit. They did as they do. Long, athletic guys who make plays, especially on the defensive end."

On Michigan getting to the free throw line 41 times ... "We foul too much. This is as good an officiating crew as there is. They were quicker than us and we fouled. That was of a function of us and not them. We simply fouled too much and we need to stop it."

On Bowling Green's late surge ... "I think when we cut their lead to 10 with five minutes to go I felt that we could win the game, but we made a bad play to allow J.C. Mathis get a three-point play. I felt that we were getting easier shots than we were and they were having a hard time scoring. We switched our defense up a bit and they were struggling. I really felt had we got a stop there, the game was going to come down to the stretch, but that was a huge play to seal their win."

BGSU Sophomore Ronald Lewis

On what prevented Bowling Green from shooting well today ... "We were getting good looks, we just weren't knocking down our shots. Everybody had open looks and we were getting good movement and everything else. We just weren't knocking down our shots. It had nothing to do with their defense. It was just us. We had to knock down our shots."

On if playing Big Ten Conference teams is intimidating ... "There is no nervousness. It's college basketball. You have to be ready to play big teams anyway. We came in here striving to win. We knew they were a good team, but we came here to win just like everybody else. We came in here trying to play hard."

On how Bowling Green can end its five-game losing streak ... "We have to go in and listen to the coach. That's the only thing. Play hard in practice and strive again in the game on Thursday."

Contact: Tom Wywrot (763) 763-4423

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