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Baylor, Colorado Postgame Quotes

Jan. 29, 2011

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Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - Attendance: 6,095

  Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
"We liked the second half a lot better than the first half. I’m really, really pleased with how Lace (Dunn) did a great job being the only senior and keeping us together. Everybody really played hard and stayed together. When you’re down 17 at home, it’s easy to get separated and become individuals, but we came of age to come back and win this game in the manner we did in the last five minutes of the game. Earlier in the year we would not have won this game, so we’re seeing a lot of progression. The whole key for us is on the defensive end. We did a great job defending all day long and that gave us a chance to win. We want to get better at rebounding. Assists, turnovers, we only had five turnovers in the second half, so we’re very pleased with that kind of production.”

On LaceDarius Dunn’s free-throw ability:
“Well Lace is one of the best free throw shooters in the nation, if not the best free throw shooter in the nation, so the players did a great job finding him and he did a good job getting open. He knows how to make free throws.”

On the differences in the two halves:
“They only shot 38 percent but they rebounded really well and we needed to be doing a better job at that. We held them to 35 in the first half, but we gave up transition points and I think they were more of the aggressor. They got all the loose balls and they got the 50/50 balls. In the second half, we got to the loose balls and the 50/50 balls and at the end of the day, that was the difference. I am very proud of these guys, their effort and how they hung together and kept fighting. A lot of times where they could have taken the easy route out, they didn’t.”

  Junior Forward Quincy Acy

On the momentum change in the second half:
“We went into the locker room at half and realized we needed to get it together. We realized we needed to do a lot better job of executing. We were beating ourselves. We came out with more intensity, hitting shots, executing, rebounding and just every little thing.”

On the win:
"This shows us how good we are and how good we can be whenever we play hard and execute. It shows us a lot about our toughness and our heart and desire. We just need to learn how to begin the game like that.”

  Senior Guard LaceDarius Dunn

On the last few minutes of the game:
"The coaches and the players put their trust in me and tried to get me the ball in those last minutes. At the end, me taking responsibility and knocking down free throws, going 11-for-11, that is pretty nice. The most important thing, though, is that we came out as a team for the win.”

On the momentum change in the second half:
"We just went to the locker room and everyone was on the same page. We knew we weren’t playing the ballgame that we wanted to be playing in the first half, and the second half we came out with a high intensity and played our ballgame. We got into the game that we normally get into and took advantage of it.”

  Freshman Forward Perry Jones III

On playing better in the second half:
"The energy from the team helped. They were looking for me to do what I know I can. I just wanted to be the best player I could and do what they needed me to do.”

  Head Coach Tad Boyle

On Baylor’s play in the second half:
“Well, they were more efficient offensively in the second half. We talked about it at half time, if we were Baylor and shooting 33 percent, then we would probably be going to go inside on us. We have to be able to handle that and keep their post players from catching it too deep, and we didn’t do a really good job of that. Obviously, we talked about winning the second half, and then we came out and instead of us punching them in the mouth, they came out and punched us in the mouth. We couldn’t get stops, and everything we worked for in the first 20 minutes was gone in the first part of the second half. They came out and got momentum, got the crowd in the game. I thought our guys battled. I thought they fought; we just didn’t play well enough in the second half to win this game. And you have to play at least well enough in the second half when you have a 14-point lead at half time, you can’t play not to lose. You have to play to win. ”

On Baylor’s Defense:
“Well we knew their zone was good because they are so long and so athletic, but the thing that we have to do is we have to attack the zone. You can’t get on your heels against it and settle for perimeter jump shots early in the possession. I thought the first half we got the ball inside, we got the ball to the high post, we attacked the basket and that’s why we had success against it. In the second half, we took some quick shots and we took some shots that were good shots, we just didn’t make them. Part of it is that you have to make shots against a zone. We have good shooters, but we didn’t make enough. They packed it in a little more in the second half, they used the same zone and played man more than I thought they would. I thought we did a good job adjusting to that. We got good shots, we just didn’t make enough. ”

On LaceDarius Dunn’s play towards the end of the game:
“We had a break down defensively, especially on that last possession. We wanted to keep the ball out of his hands. If anybody was going to catch it, we wanted (A.J.) Walton to catch it. He had missed a couple free throws early. But Dunn is a good player. He stepped up like seniors do. I thought Cory (Higgins) did a terrific job on him in the first half and then LaceDarius got going there in the second half. He is a hell of a player and you have to tip your hat off to him. He scored 26 points and we made him work for it, but he is a good player. ”



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