2005-06 BKM vs. Coppin State -- Postgame Quotes
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Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the team's 26 assists on 31 field goals ... "That is the first thing I looked at. I was very impressed with how unselfish our team was and how we shared the ball. Obviously in the second half, I thought we played exceptional basketball."

On the team's defense in the second half ... "The reason we played better in the second half is because we had those transition baskets because we got stops, we played defense and we finished on the defensive end. We got loose balls, we got rebounds and that allowed our guys to get out and run."

On the play of Dion Harris ... "It was really nice to see Dion make some shots. I think he's a player right now that needs to see the ball go in the basket for his psyche and confidence. As we saw this evening, he hit one or two and all of a sudden the basket looks like the ocean. He really helped us blow the game open with his outside shooting. It was just a tremendous effort on his part."

On the play of Courtney Sims ... "I thought he did a nice job of taking advantage of his opportunities when he had them. He did a lot of his work against a zone which makes it hard to get that deep position. I thought Courtney was very efficient in there and it was nice to see him get those touches and finish with the ball."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On what was said during halftime ... "Coach just told us to be who we are. We weren't really guarding the ball or taking care of it on offense. He just said to be who you are. If you're supposed to be a good player, then be a good player."

On the team's ball distribution ... "At the beginning of the game we were trying to be ourselves, but we just weren't completing the play. We were trying to go the right things, but it was just a matter of completing them. I think the second half we came out and concentrated a little bit more and got the ball to guys when they were open so they could either shoot or make a play and get someone else the ball. I think we were very unselfish today."

On his double-double performance ... "It feels good. I didn't know about it until a minute ago. My goal coming in was to try and distribute the ball as well as I ever have and try and get guys shots. Against that zone, you have to try and make plays to get open looks and we did that for the most part in the second half."

U-M Junior Guard Dion Harris

On his performance ... "Coach has been on me this week in practice about just going out and playing and not worrying about my shots falling. I just need to go out and play my game. Today my teammates were looking for me and I knocked down shots."

On getting off to a strong start ... "It's a total difference when you start off doing well. In the past, when I started off not hitting shots and not being involved in the offense, I struggled. Today I just came out aggressive and tried to get to the line a little."

On the halftime adjustments ... "We just wanted to turn up the defensive intensity. I think the defense really helped us with out offense. We were able to get out and run and get a lot of easy baskets. The defense was the key to our shooting in the second half."

Coppin State Coach Fang Mitchell

On the difference between the first and second half play ... "In the first half we did a very good job on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. We were patient on offense and defended their big guys very well. In the second half we were simply unable to guard their interior players."

On the performance of guard Tywain McKee ... "Ty is a gifted offensive player and did a good job of getting us into our offense in the first half. He wasn't as patient in the second half and I felt our offense suffered."


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