2003-04 BKM vs. UCLA -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "I thought it was one heck of a ballgame. I was realty impressed by our ballclub today, just the toughness that we had to display, especially out of a young team. They made some great plays late in the game -- Courtney Sims' block and Dion Harris hitting the free throw to make it a two-possession game. Our inside presence was really good this afternoon. Our defensive pressure was very good as well. I thought it was a really good game between two good ballclubs who are trying to make their mark."

On the team ... "We are still not knocking down our free throws and we not taking care of the ball as well as should, but certainly I think we played with a great sense of urgency and passion. I thought our kids put a lot of defensive energy and that is contagious. We are 8-1 and we did not play as well as I would have liked, but we played good and won, which is good."

On the inside presence ... "We have always tried to establish inside presence. I think we are starting to develop that now that we are gaining some confidence down there. Courtney (Sims) is just a freshman and Graham (Brown) is a sophomore, J.C. (Mathis) is in his first year with us Brent (Petway) is a freshman and Chris (Hunter) is hurt. So we have been disjointed, but we are getting there and that is really nice to see."

On Daniel Horton's play ... "I didn't look at his line. I thought his floor game was tremendous. I don't judge him on his stats, I judge him on his floor presence, and I thought that was terrific today. His body languages, his facial expressions, his leadership all were very good today. He did it all today and the best thing he did was that he guarded. He turned up the defensive pressure and that helped us open our transition offense."

On using the win as a steppingstone for the season ... "I think when you get a chance to look back on it, it could be a moment when we look back on and say this game was a great win for Michigan basketball. We were able to say that last year when we beat them out there. I remember Coach (Lloyd) Carr saying something after one of his wins this year, that this was a big win, but there is another game next week and we have to now prepare for that."

U-M Senior Bernard Robinson Jr.

On the game ... "It was a good game, both teams played very hard tonight. We definitely stepped up at the right times and made some key plays. Courtney (Sims) had a key block and Daniel (Horton) made some big shots and everyone else played very well. It was a big victory for us."

On the quick start ... "We just wanted to jump on them and not slowly get into the game. We wanted to run early on them and we did. We played with a lot of emotion."

On holding off UCLA in the second half ... "We had to limit their opportunities once the ball went up and get the defensive rebound. I think we did a good job, although they did get a few second-chance shots. Dijon Thompson caught fire in the second half, but we stayed focused and made some big plays."

U-M Freshman Courtney Sims

On the game ... "We came out and had a great start. We let them come back a little bit, but we battled it out and prevailed."

On contributing on both ends of the court ... "I wanted to make my presence felt and stay focused and give it my all."

U-M Sophomore Daniel Horton

On the win ... "It was a big win for us and a big win for this program. It was a nationally televised game against a good basketball team and a great program. To do it two years in a row makes it even more special." 

On the momentum heading into halftime ... "We went into halftime thinking that if we could play the second half the same way we played the first, then we could come out on top."

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland

Opening statement ... "It was a disappointing loss to a good team. I thought the last three minutes of the first half was tough for us. The went on an 8-0 run as they beat us to some loose balls and out-hustled us. Their pressure got to us early as we turned the ball over 20 times, which is way too high. We had a few chances late to come back, but we just could not get it done."

On UCLA's turnovers ... "A lot of it was poor decision making, but their pressure caused a lot of those turnovers as well. We knew they were going to come at us like that, but we could not simulate that pressure in practice."

On Ryan Walcott's injured back ... "It hurts us. It is something that we will need to deal with until he gets back. That is no excuse. We need to have guys step up and play hard in Ryan's absence."

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