Dec. 20, 2008
NO. 21 BAYLOR (9-1) 79, UT-Arlington (4-5) 76
FERRELL CENTER - WACO, TEXAS
DEC. 20, 2008 - ATTENDANCE: 5,556
Head Coach Scott Drew
"First of all, credit UTA for coming out and having a great game plan. Coach (Scott) Cross does a very good job with them. Going into the game our guys new that they were very good. Sometimes when you are off for a week--maybe that led to the sluggish first half. I take blame for some of that because obviously I didn't have them inspired or motivated enough. In the second half our leadership really paid off. I thought they did a great job responding."
On the guard play:
"That is the great thing about having multiple players. You need to (have depth) because one might have an off night, or you might have foul trouble or you might have an injury. Depth is very important... You also have to be unselfish. As a coach you want depth. You want to be able to have the versatility to use several players. Then, you have to make sure that they are not selfish so that they can sacrifice when it is not their night."
Baylor Senior Guard Curtis Jerrells
On the halftime adjustment:
"We have to be more prepared, especially in the first half. All of the teams that come in here are going to give us their best effort. It was good that they got on us and it showed us that we could comeback and play in the second half."
Baylor Junior Guard Tweety Carter
On the game:
"They jumped out on us. In the first half, they knocked down shots. They hit tough shots at times, give credit to them. In the second half we came out and played better defense and we got multiple stops. When CJ (Curtis Jerrells) is going like that, you have to give him the ball. (He went) 16-for-17 from the free throw line... He made shots and attacked the rim."
UT-Arlington Head Coach Scott Cross
"It was a hard fought game and the guys played really, really hard. It was one of our better played games as a team. We executed very well offensively and played very solid defense. We have had one too many moral victories this year. Our guys played their butts off and unfortunately for us he kind of took over the game and got to the free throw line, and that was the difference in the game at the end."
On defending Baylor's three-point shooting:
"I thought that was pretty good for our defense against Baylor. I feel like they are one of the premier three-point shooting teams in the country and I think our guys did a solid job. Obviously 8-of-24 isn't bad but I felt like our guys did a really solid job and stuck to the game plan really well."
UT-Arlington Senior Forward Anthony Vereen
On his three-point shot to tie the game at the end:
"Every time I see it I feel like it's going in. It's just one of those days that it didn't fall. Like coach said, we fought really hard and we had a good week of practice. Hopefully we will continue to improve, pick it up and one of these road games it will pay off."