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Nov. 16, 2010

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Tulsa Post-Game Quotes vs. Oral Roberts

Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik:

Opening statement:
It was a good win for us. It's a rivalry game. We didn't play particularly great in the first half, but we found ourselves. I was proud of Justin Hurtt's leadership in the second half. I thought he did a great job bouncing back after five first-half turnovers. It just became a great team win. Joe Richard played to his role. The perimeter guys did what they were supposed to do and Steven Idlet was absolutely terrific. He's a very good basketball player.

Can you talk about the second half?
We haven't been a great second-half team. We have scoring the ball, but if you go back to that second exhibition game and the first game where we scored, but we just don't stop anyone and a lot of that was in transition. They had 36 in the first half and 32 in the second half. It's getting better, it's tightening up and yet we were able to score 54 in the second half. We settled down. We only had four (second-half) turnovers.

Coach Sutton talks about how difficult it is to pick their poison in doubling Idlet:
That's reality because Steven is a very good passer in the post. His patience, when he caught it, checked it out, reverse-pivoted and shot it - he made two of those. And then on the baseline drive, he pops to about 18 feet and shoots the jump shot. It's pretty impressive when he's 6-10.

Steven vowed that he was going to quick making early fouls. Will that be an issue?
We have to coach him out of it, and we have to develop Kodi into scoring more and hopefully D.J. He is aggressive. He could be that way last year with Jerome. He has to understand that he's a lot more important than just a foul over the back. The first game, he was going after a rebound and we always talk about not messing with a rebounder, especially with the new rule of elbow-throwing. Those were two fouls. If he doesn't get that in the first game, we're fine. We're a work in progress. He's really smart. He'll figure it out.

Tulsa Junior Forward Steven Idlet:

On the importance of staying on the floor and out of foul trouble...
"It's obviously important. You can't pick up quick fouls in the first half. That really hurts the team. Being able to stay on the court in the second half, that really made a big difference obviously. We just have to keep building in the second half."

On his mindset entering second half...
"At half-time, I just told myself, 'I have to go out there. I have to stay out of foul trouble and I have to help the team.'"

Tulsa Senior Guard Justin Hurtt:

On having Idlet on the court more in the second half...
"It changes our whole game plan because we have an inside presence. Steven opens up a lot of things for us. We can kick out for three's and we can kick out and drive and kick. It's really good when we can keep him in the game and keep him out of foul trouble."

On the topic of conversation at half-time...
"The topic was mainly turnovers. We turned the ball over a lot in the first half. I was the main factor in that. We also talked about playing better defense. I felt like we could score the ball. And, Coach Wojcik talked to Steven about staying out of foul trouble, and he did a good job of that in the second half."

Tulsa Freshman Guard Jordan Clarkson:

On playing in his first Mayor's Cup game...
"The stadium was packed with people and I liked the atmosphere."

On comparing his first and second halves of play...
"In the first half, I was trying to play too aggressively on the defensive end. In the second half, I just felt the rhythm. When I started getting to the free throw line, that's when I started feeling the rhythm. That really got me going."