Tulsa Post-Game Quotes vs. Tulane
March 2, 2013
Tulsa-Tulane Post-Game Quotes March 2, 2013
TULSA HEAD COACH Danny Manning
"Tonight was a tale of two halves for us. Tulane came out in the first half and dictated tempo and got whatever they wanted. They're a good team. Davis is one of the best post players, and Tarrant is one of the best point guards. We had a little momentum going into half time when we went on a little mini run. We came out in the second half, and our guys played the way that we like for them to always play. They scrapped and battled and to come back from down 20 points says a lot about them. I am really proud of the young men in our locker room."
On Tulsa's second half scoring run:
"We tried to win 4 minute segments in the second half. That was our focus. So when one section was over, we wanted to win the next segment and keep going until the end of the game. Once we got down to that last four, we were in decent shape in terms of the overall flow of the game. Our guys continued to battle. That is something that we talk about. I don't think we played that hard in the first half, but we played much better in the second half. We were also much better defensively. We guarded certain stretches effectively."
On Tulane's effective first half:
"In the first half, they hit us with the soft pressure to make us slow down, and we fell right into it. We didn't attack or press up the court to put pressure on Tulane. It took us a while to figure out how to go to the middle and attack. They had their way with us early on. They also shot some shots that good shooters make."
On Rashad Ray's technical foul:
"We never want our players to get technical fouls. Rashad knows that, and all of our guys know that. I like the fire that was in him. We just have to focus that energy in a better way. He focused more after halftime. Having him back on the court was big for us because he creates some ruckus out there on the floor."
On the even distribution of plays by Tulsa:
"Everyone contributed today. I think that's why win today. We had a lot of guys play a lot of minutes for us. When one guy goes in, he is supposed to raise the energy level a little higher than it was before, and everyone really did that for us today."
On second half adjustments:
"We asked our guys very politely to guard better in the second half. That was our halftime talk."
On Legends' Day:
"For us, this was a game that we definitely wanted to play well. It was Legends Day, and all of our former letterwinners are back. We talked to them before the game and let them know how appreciative our team was for everything they did to get Tulsa Basketball to where it is today. We had a lot of incentive to come out and play better in the second half."
On when Tulsa gained momentum:
"I felt good at the 16 minute mark, knowing that we were competing and won the first 4 minute segment. It kind of snowballed from there. We told them going out of the locker room that there are no 20 point plays in this game. Each possession we have to grind, fight, and win the possession battle. It gave us a chance to win this game because we competed much better in the second half."
On the Tulsa crowd:
"I thought our crowd was great. Our students were good. I was disappointed that I didn't get the opportunity to see their flash mob. They were outstanding though and helped inspire us in the second half."
TULSA GUARD Scottie Haralson:
After being down 22 at halftime Pat Swilling Jr. hit a three point shot to decrease the deficit at a "do or die" moment, address the team's attitude during the comeback: "We wanted to win every 4 minute segment. That's what we said in the huddle... `win this next 4 minutes' that was our goal. We just kept fighting and fighting and fighting. It paid off for us."
On the team's second half play:
"We really turned up our energy. In the locker room we said we really had to pick it up. I felt like we played harder than them in the second half. That momentum carried us over into the offensive end as well as the defensive end. We did a good job of holding them to one shot and one rebound. We forced turnovers and got out in transition. It was a good overall team win."
On the significant contributions by several of the team's players:
"I think a game that was kind of like this was the ORU game. We were probably down by 17 and we finally made that run. We made big plays and it was a great team win similar to this game."
On being down 22:
"I think we felt like we never really were down. We just kept fighting. That fight was the turning point. I know we've had that fight in us. We worked so hard in practice. We just had to let it kick in and (when it did) I knew it was going to pay off. I knew we had the ability to comeback from a deficit. Our main motto is `don't get down; keep on playing with energy and effort and the score will take care of itself.'
On being down in several games and the team's ability to fight to cut deficits and make games close:
"I think that experience will help a lot come tournament time. Knowing that we've been down before will help. We know we have to start games better but I think that we'll be pretty good."
TULSA GUARD Rashad Ray:
On the defensive difference between the second half and the first half: "In the first game we had trouble holding them. They were making a lot of plays so Manning made the adjustment in practice. I really liked that and I think it worked out for us."
On his and Shaquille Harrison's defensive assignment against Tulane's talented guard Ricky Tarrant:
"We talked about that all week when we had to play him again. He had a really good game in the first game. We just had to talk about it and play each other hard in practice like he plays. We had to get up on the ball and try to get him to miss shots. We held him to 16 points. I feel like that's 8 from Shaq and 8 from me, and I think that's pretty good."
TULANE HEAD COACH Ed Conroy
"First off, it's an understatement to say it was a tale of two halves. I thought we had a good game plan coming in, and credit our guys I thought we play very good and unselfish basketball and were solid defensively in the first half. I challenged them to wipe the score off and continue to get good looks because that consistent play is what you need and obviously we came out in the second half and Tulsa outplayed us in every way. It started with our poor shots, they picked up their ball pressure but we handled it much better in the first half. We took some bad shots, got some shots blocked that led to some transition baskets for them. In the half-court they used their quickness, and we really never got stops in the second half and it made for a tough half."
With 12 minutes remaining could you sense that everything had flipped?
"Obviously I knew what the score was and I did feel at that point that we weren't playing very good basketball. I didn't know what would happen with the score because Tulsa had to make shots, but I wasn't happy with how we were playing. I tried to get our guys to share the ball more. I think we had 11 made baskets and nine assists in the first half, but then we started really taking poor shots, we were getting shots blocked at the rim, and standing still too much. I knew if that kept going we were going to put ourselves in a tough position."
On if it feels like Conroy's been gone for 10 years:
"No it doesn't, and it's a great place. It's always neat to come back."
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