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Baylor, San Diego State Postgame Quotes

Nov. 15, 2011

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Tues., Nov. 15, 2011 - Attendance: 6,941
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)

  Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement...
"This game was a great game for us. Early on, when you have a chance to play a team of the quality of San Diego State, not only do they have talented players, but also an outstanding coaching staff. You know that they are going to make adjustments during the game and they are going to be well prepared. Now after three games and playing them, I think that this will really help our team in areas that we need to get better, and areas that we can improve. Really pleased with our defense, I thought if you take away the last five minutes of the game, for 35 minutes I thought we really guarded well. Our offense got better as the game went on. With so many new players we are going to continue to get better, but I see the unselfishness. You can see the 18 assists, we even shared it with the other team with 21 turnovers. I think that in the second half we were really unselfish and made some extra passes and we have some things that we can build on now. "

On how Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy were able to get Baylor on a run in the second half...
"I think that the Baylor fans, once Quincy (Acy) got that dunk, the Ferrell Center started rocking and that really gave us a spurt. We really turned up the heat there for about four minutes, and what was great as a coach is that everyone contributed during that time."

On the crowd...
"I thought it was an outstanding crowd for a Tuesday afternoon. I want to thank all of the people that were here. You made a difference, and again that is a big thing. I think sometimes, as a fan, we think `I can watch the game on TV, or I can go to the game' and we sometimes take the easy way out and watch on TV. But as good it is to listen to Fran (Fraschilla) and Brent (Musberger), you make a difference when you are here. That is why last year we put together a 15-game home win streak, and this year when the Ferrell Center is rocking it is a tough place to play. Especially with pressure defense, the crowd makes a difference."

  Junior Guard Brady Heslip

On his offensive production today...
"I just settled down and was taking my time on my shots and just felt more comfortable. My teammates hit me when I was open and they just make great passes and I was just there to shoot it."

On the team having 21 turnovers...
"They are a long team. They have long guards and bigs and they were pressuring us, so that might have forced some of it. We also had 18 assists, so I think we shared the ball well too. If we are going to be aggressive, people are going to me mistakes and turnovers are going to happen.

 Senior Forward Quincy Acy

On why the team started slow offensively ...
"I think it was a little bit of jitters from us. They are a great team and that was the first really good team we have played against this season and I think we had a couple of jitters, but we were able to get those out."

 Freshman Forward Quincy Miller

On leading the team in scoring through the first three games...
"My teammates always pass me the ball and tell me to shoot it because they know I can score. My team has confidence in me and that gives me confidence in myself."

  Head Coach Steve Fisher

On fatigue being a factor in the game...
"I don't think fatigue was a factor. I think Baylor was a factor. I think their length and athleticism took away what looked like baskets. It's kind of like last year. You'd get to the rim and all of the sudden they'd get a piece of it or you'd rush it. So I think part of that was them. We got frustrated and it caused us slips and lapses mentally at both ends of the floor. That was a result of Baylor creating problems for us and then we kept on thinking about what just happened, then it lead to the next mistake. So you can't do that, you have to learn from that. But we got beat by a good team. You also can't turn the ball over 21 times."

On the play of Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller...
"Acy is the backbone of the team, in my opinion. He's a four-year veteran, only cares about winning. Miller is terrifically talented. They've got a nice blend of youth, age and experience. That's why they are a good team."

On Baylor being one of the first challenges of the season...
"Well this was a team a whole lot better than the first three we played, but this is what we are going to see a little bit of, hopefully not as good, the next five or six games. We have to learn from this and not feel sorry for ourselves. We've got two games at home, and we have to use this to get ready for USC on Thursday."

  Junior Guard Chase Tapely

On the momentum change in the second half...
"We were in the game and we were playing hard and physical, but towards the end we just got a little fatigued. Their athleticism really showed on the offensive board and their easy shots."

On Baylor being one of their first challenges of the season...
"They were a real test of the character for our team. We can take many positives from this. It was a good test. They are athletic. They can have players that can shoot, so it was a test of every aspect of the game."

  Junior Guard James Rahon

On his foot fracture...
"It's definitely still hurting, but it's not something that's going to go away. I've got to learn how to play with it better. I think I will adjust, but that's it. It's something that's not going to go away, and I will have to learn how to play with it better."

On how his injury affects his game...
"I'm not going to make any excuses for it. I just have to play better. It's just like any other injury, just have to play through it."



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