2004-05 BKM vs. Delaware State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On Michigan's success from the field ... "We're very pleased with that. They were times in previous games where we struggled to score and it seemed the ball just wouldn't go in the basket for us. I think it started at UCLA; we shot the ball better than we had in the past. But tonight was the best we have done all year, and I thought that was because of our two inside players, Courtney Sims and Chris Hunter. Our focus was to get those guys touches, and I thought Ron Coleman's outside production, especially in the first half, was big for us."

On the play of Courtney Sims and Chris Hunter ... "Courtney made a couple tremendous catches. I thought Chris was the difference-maker for us; he actually became our playmaker. We put him in the middle of the floor, just as we did with Bernard Robinson Jr. the past couple of years. To have that opportunity of make a play, not just make a shot, but to make a play for our entire team is something he is very capable of."

On limiting Terrence Hunter on offense ... "We talked at halftime about keeping them under 50 points. It didn't look like we were going to be able to accomplish that goal but we were able to do that. Guys like Chris Hunter and Brent Petway are pretty long and wiry, so they can still stay in front of guys or pop out if they start to drive. I thought our length and athleticism threw them off, and when you miss a few shots, you tend to force a few more."

On whether he has noticed a rise in the younger players' confidence ... "They've been able to get more minutes and they know that they are very much needed. That does a lot for a player's confidence in that situation. You can see that Ron Coleman is able to make some big shots early in the game and open up the lead for us, and Courtney Sims is starting to make more of his free throws. Those are the things that you notice about a player's confidence, not just if they're doing something spectacular. It's more of the little things."

U-M Junior Chris Hunter

On the importance of the win ... "It is very important coming off two losses and playing a team like Delaware State who played a lot of tough teams and played them close. It's a big win for us with the style of play that they play and the personnel that they have."

On his all-around performance ... "I just tried to do whatever possible. I came in and wanted to redeem myself for not having any rebounds in the last game. I just wanted to be patient and that is what I did."

U-M Sophomore Courtney Sims

On the team's success in the paint ... "We had a lot of help in the paint. We have good big men that can finish and we concentrated on getting the ball in the paint and scoring."

On playing strong after the layoff ... "I put it in my head after the UCLA game that I was going to start a new year after struggling since the beginning of the year. It's the beginning of a new year for me personally."

U-M Freshman Ron Coleman

On his quick start in the first half ... "Coach told us that they were a team that played zone and they sagged at the post if you passed to their side so we had to kick it out so I had to look for my shot and it was there today."

On defending Delaware State's guards on the perimeter ... "They have a lot of quick guys out there. We knew they were quick from the get go. Coach just gave us a mission to stay in front and try not to get beat. They had people on the wing so they would kick it out to the shooters. But we packed it in and we had help side."

Delaware State Coach Greg Jackson

On the game and his team's performance ... "We just got beat by a much better basketball team. It wasn't as much what we didn't do, it was the things they did. Anytime you play on this level, and you miss layups, especially in crucial situations, that won't give yourself a chance. The effort was there, but sometimes effort is not good enough."

Delaware State Senior Aaron Williams

On the game and his team's performance ... "We worked hard for (the win), but little mistakes made a lot of turnovers. We made a lot of bad decisions."

On what the team can take from playing at Michigan ... "We feel we can be just as big time as (Michigan) is. I just know we have got to work harder. We've been playing a lot of these big time D-1 schools. We're playing them good, but in the end they are just outplaying us, so we've got to play harder."

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