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Baylor-Central Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

Nov. 5, 2009

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Baylor 86,Central Oklahoma 71
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Attendance: 5,239


Head Coach Scott Drew

On the game...
"That is why you have those exhibition games. Starting with the positives, I thought defensively holding them to 36 percent shooting ws good. Our rebounding numbers (49 to 36) were good. The assists-to-turnover ratio needs to get better. We didn't shoot the ball well (from three-point range) but we were able to score 86-points, so that is a positive. It was great getting everybody minutes. From a coaching standpoint it was great because it was a very quality team that we played. I think it was a good test for us and we will get better in some areas."

On the shooting of LaceDarius Dunn...
"What was good about Lace is that he was 1-for-5 from three-point range but he did a lot of damage inside. I thought people saw that he has worked on his ball handling because he handled it a lot more and he handled the ball better than he has in previous years."

On the play of Ekpe Udoh...
"I know Ekpe was very excited about this being his first game in a long time. (With the way he played) you would have thought he was playing for the Big 12 title tonight. When you are so excited to play I think you hit the wall a little bit. In 21 minutes he looked a little bit tired. He plays with a lot of energy and obviously blocks a lot of shots defensively. He can put the ball on the floor and we will be able to use him a lot to create offense for other people. The good thing is he is sound with the ball and doesn't turn it over as much. Whenever you have a big that can handle that ball, not turn it over and create offense for others, that is super."

Junior Guard LaceDarius Dunn

On the game...
"It was good to be back and get this thing started again. I came out here and shot the ball okay but from the three-point I think I shot terrible. Just coming back and getting in the groove of things I think is good. We have been waiting for this all year and we have been getting ready since the summer for the season."

On the three-point shooting of Central Oklahoma...
"It was crazy out there. They were shooting the ball pretty good. We were trying our best to contest the shots but great shooters make plays down the stretch and that is what they were doing."

Junior Forward Ekpe Udoh
On playing for the first time in over a year...
"I was a little rusty. It was tough to gauge how the game was going to be from the bench. I think I will get better when I get comfortable."

On his performance...
"Defensively I am going to do that regardless, that is my first love. If I get a (chance) I am going to block a shot and get crazy or get on the ground and do whatever I can do to help my team win."


Head Coach Terry Evans

On the game...
"They are way bigger than us. I thought that played a big part in the game. It was just hard for us to keep them off the boards and push them out enough where they don't get easy baskets. We just gave up too many easy baskets. We gave them too many second chance shots. Baylor did a good job tonight."

On his team's three point shooting...
"We take what the defense gives us. They got a seven-footer, a 6-10 shot blocker in there: you are not going to get many shots in the paint. That is why Baylor had that great run last year when they beat Kansas. Kansas could have easily been to the Final Four and Baylor beat them. (Baylor) almost beat Missouri; went all the way to the NIT."

On his team's play...
"Our guys are in there working hard to rebound, but you get pushed underneath and you are 6-3 against 6-10, I can't really fault my guys. I cannot make them grow."

On guarding LaceDarius Dunn...
"We focused on guarding him. Our guards did a poor job of containing him. I thought he got to the basket when he wanted to. Dunn is a good player. He has got a chance to be a pro and we don't have any pros."

On Baylor's zone defense...
"At times we struggled against their zone. They make you make shots. They get a hand up and they rebound the ball. They do a good job in that zone and they got long athletic guys, so they can cover some ground."



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