2003-04 BKM vs. Delaware State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "Sometimes you win the games you don't deserve to win. I certainly thought Delaware State deserved to win tonight. We were fortunate to come out with a victory. We are disappointed with the way that we played tonight. I have to give Coach (Greg) Jackson and his team credit; they had a tremendous game plan to shorten the game. I thought that we definitely did not deserve to win this game tonight."

On what Delaware State did to frustrate Michigan in the second half ... "I think you can point to a lot of things. What they did to shorten the game, in terms of holding the ball. They played an unorthodox defense, kind of a matchup zone, running at us and trapping us a bit. You can point to a lot of things how we played. We did not shoot free throws well; we did not shoot the three-ball well. You pick it and there were problems."

On the holiday break being a distraction ... "To be honest with you I am worried about our team. We are not a very good basketball team right now. I told that to our kids. The season is a long season and you always have to be honest where your team is at that point and time. At this point and time we set a goal of being 3-0 heading into the holiday break and we did that. We accomplished that goal, but I am not confident that we are a very good team right now."

On potentially being ranked in the Top 25 ... "I am not concerned with that right now, I am more concerned about the way we have been playing. We have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves one of the top teams in the country."

U-M Sophomore Lester Abram

On the close game ... "We played good in the first half, but I don't know what happened in the second half. It seemed like they were playing harder."

On the difference between the first and second halves ... "We forced the issue when we had to and made errant passes when we should have slowed the game down."

On what the team needs to improve ... "Playing well for the entire 40 minutes of the game, instead of playing well in spurts like we did in the first half."

U-M Sophomore Graham Brown

On the game ... "We went out there and played hard. They just battled with us the entire game. We just let our guard down in the end and let them come back. They fought hard."

On his aggressive play ... "I just tried to go out there and do the best I could on both ends of the court to help the team. My role on the team was to rebound the ball and do whatever I can down low to score."

On the game against UCLA this weekend "We're going to have to come out and play a lot better than we did today and come out with a lot more intensity. We have to be more ready to play. Tonight we weren't as ready as we were supposed to be."

Delaware State Head Coach Greg Jackson

On the outcome of the game ... "We knew coming in that in order to get our chances we had to limit their possessions and shorten the length of the game. If we could make our shots we felt we had a chance. We really felt that we could come in here and win the basketball game. Our guys put forth a tremendous effort, especially in the second half. We played a very good team. All the kids did everything we asked them to do in the second half. If we make a free throw here or there it could be a different ballgame."

On how not playing in 14 days affected the team ... "It wasn't that big of a factor at all. We had a chance to win a ballgame. We're on the road playing the University of Michigan and with a minute left we are only down two. We need to have more 14-day layoffs."

On what he told the team at halftime ... "I told them to stay composed even though we were down. We needed to stay with the game plan and if we continued to stay with the game plan we could give ourselves a chance to get back in the ballgame and we were able to do that."

Delaware State Junior Terrance Hunter

On his career-high 22 points, 18 of which came in the second half ... "I'd seen it in the first half. It was good. I just had to pick it up. I knew I had to pick it up for the team. I told myself that. I knew that if we were going to win this game then I had to step it up myself. Coach told me to take my time and read and I did that in the second half."

On what the team can take away from a game like this ... "I think we fought together. Coach told us to stay together and we just did that and played hard. We're going to take this as a learning experience. If we play together then we can play with anybody."

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