2005-06 BKM vs. Miami (Ohio) -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On the team's hot start to the second half ... "Offense wasn't a concern for us. Obviously we scored a lot, but we needed every point to win this basketball game because we could not defend these guys this evening. They shot very well. We did everything we could to try and defend them, but nothing worked for us. Offensively, I thought we had a great rhythm. We were confident in stepping into our shots. We scored 48 in the second half, but they scored 40 and they had 40 in the first half as well."

On the defensive adjustments during the game ... "I thought Chris Hunter was a big difference for us and his play and minutes I thought were significant. We had trouble guarding at time so I thought Chris allowed us to play in a different man-up on the defensive end. I thought our zone helped us a little bit in slowing them down from driving and attacking with the ball. That certainly helped us and then we got to the foul line. Getting to the line 31 times certainly helped us this evening."

On limiting turnovers ... "We only had six for the game, I think, and that's probably a season-low for us. I am very pleased and encouraged with out ability to take care of the ball. They are not a team that will do a lot of pressing, so we should take care of it."

On the play of Daniel Horton ... "I thought his rhythm was certainly there for him early. He hit his first shot and I thought his confidence was rising as he was playing. I just felt really good about his bounce and his energy. Daniel is the type of kid that wants to bounce back from a performance that he knew he didn't play very well at all."

On Miami (Ohio) ... "They are a very good basketball team. We knew coming in how difficult this game was going to be. I am very pleased we were able to survive and come out of this game with a victory and no injuries. They are going to do very well in their conference this season and they were missing one of their players Hatcher who is injured. They are a very nice basketball team."

U-M Senior Forward Chris Hunter

On the win "A good win for us going into the holiday break. Everybody gets a chance to go home and have a great Christmas coming off a good win."

On his perfect shooting performance "I just wanted to come in and try to do anything I could. We needed a little boost and luckily I got open, guys were finding me, and the shots fell down for me."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On the team's success behind the arc "We felt that we didn't shoot the ball well the last game and that hurt us in the loss. I think we worked pretty hard this week, coming into this game, on being ready to shoot and take shots we know we can make. We did that tonight. Guys stepped up and made open shots. That is the one thing we preach and work on a lot is making open shots."

On limiting turnovers "We always feel that when we come into a game where the opposing team doesn't do a lot of pressuring or trapping, we feel that it's a game where we shouldn't turn the ball over. They basically played a half-court man to man defense the whole game so we had a great emphasis on taking care of the ball."

U-M Senior Forward Graham Brown

On the shooting success of U-M's big men "Coming into this game, we knew they were going to try to play a small lineup and force us out on the perimeter. We did a great job. You have to give a lot of credit to Courtney (Sims) and Chris (Hunter), who made some huge shots for our team. They got us back in the game and got us rolling. You just have to give those guys credit. They did a great job tonight."

On what the team discussed at that half to respond to the RedHawks shooting success ... "We knew that they weren't going to hit their shots the whole game. We knew that we had to get a hand up and get some pressure on them. We tried to limit their shots from the outside and do whatever we could to stop the three-point shot."

Miami (Ohio) coach Charlie Coles

On the game ... "So much for us being a defensive team. We played a team that has a lot of talent, I don't know if we tried to attack them as much as we set back. I guess a team like that you have to try to get some turnovers, maybe risk doing some things you may never do in order to turn the ball game around."

On the scoring throughout the game ... "I enjoyed it, because the game could have been 30. I think our guys did better in the first half than in the second half. We scored in the first half; we got shots and moved the ball around. What our guys have to get use to is playing the whole game. They are not use to laying a whole game and we have been playing very good ball clubs, Michigan being one of the best. I don't know if we had a shot to win tonight, but we had a shot to really look good."

Miami Forward Michael Bramos

On the first half ... "When we were spread out on offensive, they really like to deny you passes and force you to keep the spread. The spread was helping us get a lot of open shots when we did and that's what helped save us."

On the game ... "We played real well the first half, the second half they slowly pulled away from us. We started to shut down defensively and we were not taking shots offensively. They made shots offensively and we just didn't match it."

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