2006-07 BKM vs. Army -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the performance of the freshmen against Army ... "They sparked all night, they really did. I am incredibly proud and pleased with those kids. Jerret Smith did a great job orchestrating and quarterbacking the way we played. DeShawn Sims, Ekpe Udoh and Reed Baker did things in different ways to ignite our team. It really was exciting to see growth in these young players."

On the mindset of the freshmen ... "These guys have always believed in themselves. They're used to competing, doing good things and having success; that's what they know. They each came from their respected high school programs, and we're excited to see what they're able to bring for our program. Now, if we can get our older guys to get back into the rhythm of achieving what they're capable of, I think our team can take off."

On taking the lead back after Army's two-point lead in the first half ... "In order to take the lead back, we needed to be patient with them. We got back to a double-digit lead against an Army team that's gritty and tough. We had a lot of turnovers, but on the positive side, we got to the foul line and we had a season-high 84 percent from the line."

U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway

On the energy of the freshmen tonight ... "They were working so hard. They were in the post grabbing boards, blocking shots and creating a lot of second-chance points for the team. They created a lot of energy out there tonight. Our inside presence was great, and Reed (Baker) was doing a great job of shooting the ball. This is the best I've seen these freshmen play all year."

On getting the win after the loss to UCLA ... "It was good to get that taste out of our mouth, bounce back and get another win."

U-M Freshman Guard Reed Baker

On the performance of the freshmen tonight ... "It was just really exciting for us. Ekpe (Udoh) is working hard and blocking shots, and DeShawn (Sims) is working hard around the glass. It was really exciting, but it wasn't surprising because we try and do that kind of stuff every day."

On his performance tonight ... "I was just trying my hardest to do whatever I could because that's what Coach wants from us. I tried to go out there and give 100 percent in all I did."

U-M Freshman Forward Ekpe Udoh

On the performance of the freshmen tonight ... "It's special. We don't talk about our success and our achievements because we're the silent class. We just work really hard and it's special. We had an excellent crowd tonight and that also helped throughout the entire game."

On the performance of DeShawn Sims ... "He comes to practice and he works hard every day. When he gets in the game, he works just as hard as he does in practice, and tonight it paid off."

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