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Baylor, Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

Jan. 18, 2014

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12/13 BAYLOR (13-4, 1-3) 64, 25/RV OKLAHOMA (14-4, 3-2) 66 
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Sat., Jan. 18, 2014
Attendance: 8,544


Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening statement...
"I thought the atmosphere was tremendous. I want to thank all the Baylor students that showed up for the blackout. I know our team feels terrible that we couldn't the win at the end. We loved the noise. In this game, to me, for the first half we were tremendous defensively and we needed more separation at the beginning of the second half. We came out with the same defensive intensity and we made shots but we needed more separation for when we go through walls."

On starting with more intensity and focus...
"One thing you can do is change lineups, reset some things. One thing we'll do is experiment with different stuff. You've got to play 40 minutes to win in the Big 12, and if you do everything you can, it can come down to free throws. Normally there's a margin of error and it's going to come down to free throw shooting. If you're not getting second chance points, you better make your free throws."

On OU hitting more shots in the second half...
"I thought we were more intense in the first half. I credit them for having good players. They've made shots all year long--that's why they're a good team. Everyone in the Big 12 is a good team. It's amazing how momentum is such a thing in sports. You can look across the nation and all of a sudden teams are hot and then they get off track and lose a couple and get it back."

Junior G Kenny Chery

On what happened in the game...
"First of all, we played with the intensity we wanted in the first half. When we came out in the second half, we didn't have the same passion. That cost us."

On learning from last Wednesday's loss at Texas Tech...
"It's the players. You can't teach effort."

Senior F Cory Jefferson

On the second half...
"I don't know what happened. We just didn't come out ready, not like we did in the first half."

On going to the atmosphere at Kansas...
"It's a great atmosphere. I don't mind playing on the road. I like playing in front of crowds so I love playing at Kansas. But at the same time, it's going to be another war just like it is every night in the Big 12."

On refocusing for the next game...
"It shouldn't be tough to refocus. It doesn't matter who we're playing. If you're us, and like you said we haven't had a lot of success, it shouldn't mean anything. We can go up there and change that with the way we go out and play. If it's Kansas, it doesn't mean anything either. They know they've got to come out and play just as ready as we do."


Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening Statement...
"Obviously, it feels really good anytime you can win a ball game on the road, and to do it against a really good Baylor club is even better. At half time neither team really had anything going offensively, so to be within six at that point our guys felt kind of good about that. They came out in the second half and played with much more freedom. I think early on we were a little bit awed by the length and the size of Baylor and their zone was awfully tough. We didn't get inside very much. I thought we did a better job moving the ball in the second half. Buddy [Hield] knocking down some three's there kind of jump started everybody's confidence, and that was great. Ryan [Spangler] was just working his tail off all night like he has done throughout the year. We need to build and benefit from that too. It was a good win. It was a good experience to learn from and to get better. Now we have to prepare for another tough game in three or four days."

On what he said in the locker room at halftime about their shooting...
"We had a conversation about how we were fortunate to be within six, given the way we had shot the ball and the way we didn't handle their zone very well. We said let's go back out and free up and attack, and try to get some push in transition. That was a big part of the second half -- to be able to get down some big three's and lay-ups in transition."

On the defensive possession with nine seconds left on the clock...
"Nine seconds is a long time. We wanted to corral the ball a little bit to try to keep the guy that was inbounding the ball from going north right away. I thought Isaiah [Cousins] did a good job of that. We got a deflection that kind of used up some time. Seconds are precious at that point, and the deflection kind of used up just enough time for the horn to go off before they got control of it."

Sophomore F Ryan Spangler

On this being a swing game to make them 3-2 in Big 12 play...
"It is way better than being 2-3. You don't want to be there as a team. I think we just fought. We have been close the last two or three games that we let go of, and today we finally finished it."

On the size of Baylor...
"They are big. It is hard to get used to. You just have to be smart about it by trying to pump fake them and get it in there. I knew I wasn't going to hit very many shots today because of how long they are, so I had to do other things to get my teammates shots whether it be move the ball around or whatever it is."

Sophomore G Buddy Hield

On what changed for him in the second half...
"Just the coaches being confident in me, they told me to just keep shooting the ball. That gave me confidence, and my teammates got me the ball in good scoring spots where I was able to fill it up for them."

On if he thought their shots as a team would start falling in the second half...
"I have always been confident in shooting. My teammates always encourage me to make shots. Fortunately, every second half I probably get a little spurt going on. It is all thanks to my teammates finding me in the open spots to give me the confidence to make shots."



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