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Feb. 20, 2013

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Tulsa-East Carolina Post-Game Quotes • February 20, 2013

Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning

Opening Statement:

"East Carolina came out and threw the first punch and we didn't recover too well. They were more aggressive than us in the first half and we were able to go on a little bit of the run and get within striking distance at halftime. We came back out in the second half and we went on a run, and it becomes a nip and tuck game. Then Akeem Richmond shakes loose for two threes back-to-back and that put us behind the eight-ball and we weren't able to get back from that. I have to give East Carolina credit to come in and get a road win but for us this was a game we really wanted. We're in a dog fight in the conference standings and it would have been nice to have the tie-breaker with East Carolina."

On the low free throw percentage:

"When you shoot 32% from the free throw line, it's hard to beat anybody. You look at the stat sheet and we have more points in the paint, we have more points off of turnovers, we have more second chance points, we have more fast break points. Their bench hurt us and the free throw line hurt us, among other things. I don't want to take any credit away from East Carolina and what Jeff Lebo did, but we just have to step up to the free throw line and shooting our free throws and making them. Also knowing the scouting report, knowing where the shooters are. We lost Richmond far too many times. He had 11 threes coming off the bench. That's far too many when we know he's a shooter going into the game."

On the freshman class:

"I don't look at them as freshman anymore. They've played far too many games. You look at the Canada trip and all of the games we've played this year. It's enough games too have savvy and experience in the college atmosphere, that in my opinion, their experience level is more than a freshman at this point in the season."

On Rashad Ray sitting out:



"We missed him. We missed his presence, but we had our opportunities to win the game and do some different things to be successful and we didn't capitalize on those things when we had them."

On facing UCF this weekend, after the loss tonight:

"Central Florida is a really great team. You know, no one feels sorry for us, or cares about our hardships, and we don't care about anybody else's. Not trying to be meaning or hateful, that's just how it is in competitive athletics. We just have to lick our wounds and get ready to go fight, because our back is up against the wall right now in terms of the conference race and where we want to be at the end of that race."

Tulsa Guard Scottie Haralson

On having one of the best stat lines of his career on a night resulting in a tough loss:

"I just wanted to be aggressive. Of course I wanted the win more than the stat line. I don't really care about things like that. I just do what I can to help my team win. We came out flat. We dug ourselves in a hole and we just couldn't get back out of it."

On the team's poor shooting from the free throw line:

"I know we shot about 32% from the free throw line. You can't win games like that. We gave up too many offensive rebounds. If we had stuck to one shot and got the rebound I think we could have gotten over that hump in the end."

On the quick turnaround going into an away game against UCF:

"It's tough. UCF is a good team. They're one of the top teams in the conference. They have a nice crowd down there. We have to pull together and do the best that we can."

Tulsa Forward Kauri Black

On learning the positive status of a fan he collided with after hustling to save a ball going out of bounds:

"I was very grateful for that because I was worried for her. When I fell down I saw her face and it looked like she was in shock. Obviously I was just going after the ball - trying to make a hustle play. I'm just glad she's ok.

On the fact that Rashad Ray didn't play in the loss:

"We miss him a lot. Obviously he's another true point guard out there. He brings a lot of energy. As you could see he's been playing really well as of late so we definitely could have used him today, but we don't make excuses we go out there and play."

East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening Statement:

"That was a game of runs, a game of swings. It was kind of an odd game, but I was really proud of my team at the end. We've lost some heartbreaking games with runs, but we actually won this one. We were aided by Tulsa's rough night from the foul line, but it was a big win for us on the road. We've never won here. I thought we did some nice things down the stretch, but Tulsa played well. We had a nice start, but Tulsa fought back. We just made some key shots down the stretch. Akeem Richmond made some big threes in particular."

On reacting to Tulsa's scoring run in the middle of the game:

"We made some shots. Miguel Paul struggled shooting the ball, but he made a big play to Robert Sampson for a three-point play at the rim. I thought that offensively we were pretty efficient, and we made some important shots at the end. Of course, we were aided by their tough line shooting from the foul line."

On Akeem Richmond's 3 point shooting:

"Richmond can get it going from outside the three point line. You have to guard him out there, and he's been shooting the ball really well the last few games. He is an experienced guy, playing on the road. He played at Rhode Island so he isn't afraid to step up there and take the shot. He has a green light, even if I said it was yellow. It would still be green."