Dec. 1, 2013
18/17 BAYLOR (7-1) 104, HARDIN-SIMMONS (0-4) 59
Dec. 1, 2013
the Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
On what he was pleased with...
"I thought we made the extra pass, shared the ball, and in a game like this, selfish teams try to get their own points. We didn't have that. Our execution was good and we rebounded the ball very well."
On being recovered from Hawaii...
"That first game back from Hawaii is always tough because you're never 100 percent recovered. You could tell at halftime that some of our players, like Rico were winded. But, I thought we still played well and executed well."
Baylor Forward Rico Gathers:
On recovery from trip...
"I won't lie to you, I was pretty tired out there on the floor. They asked at halftime if I was good, but I had to admit I was a little tired. It's hard coming back from a 4-hour time difference and playing another game."
On adjusting to the new rules...
"I had to shift my style of play back to how it was in my high school days. I have to start playing for the second half and saving my fouls for the scond half. Then, in the second half I'll be able to play as physical as I want, and get real busy.....If I have all 5 fouls available in the second half, it's going to rough for the other team."
HSU Head Coach Craig Carse:
"I think that Scott [Drew] has assembled a team now that is one echelon away from being one of our premier teams in the country. He is already consistent with their tournament play and in the Big 12, and I think in Maui, you saw with Syracuse that they're right there. Naturally, as an NCAA Div III non-scholarship team we don't have the length, the height, the vertical, or the talent. They have a wonderful team. This was important for them oxygen wise to get ready for a big game with Kentucky this week."
On Brady Heslip...
"What attitude he's demonstrated by coming off the bench. He is one of the premier shooters in the country, and he added to be able to get to the basket a little more - and be a little more honest on him."
On what this game means for his program...
"We're just very happy that we had an opportunity; that we let our kids see this type of atmosphere and let our kids compete, but naturally we don't have to quickness, the concentration level, nor the strength to play at this level of basketball."
"For us to be able to have this opportunity for our kids to be able to say, `Hey we get to go play a game on Fox TV,' that's a big deal. That's a big deal to our kids."