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TULSA POSTGAME QUOTES VS. INDIANA STATE AT THE GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT


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Nov. 28, 2013

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TULSA HEAD COACH Danny Manning

Opening statement
"We have a lot of things to be thankful for, especially with the holiday coming up. For us, it's really nice to have a win going into Thanksgiving."

On Woodard's second-half performance
"I thought his second half was very good. In the first half he picked up two fouls, so he only played eight minutes. I didn't want him to pick up that third (foul) in the first (half), so I made the decision not to play him. He came out aggressive. We want him to be aggressive, and we want him to continue to attack and get into the paint. When he gets into the paint, good things happen. Tonight, at the end of the game, he made a big shot for us. He carried out his assignments. He sets a really good cross pick, makes his man help out on the big guy, then he comes out on the back side wide open with another really good pick down by D'Andre Wright. We executed down the stretch and he jumped up there and made a big shot."

TULSA SOPHOMORE GUARD James Woodard

On what he did differently in the second half
"Just stay aggressive. We were trying to use these new NCAA rules to our advantage - get a rhythm and go to the free throw line, keep the defense on their heels by finding the open man, or if they back off, take the shot. That's what we did."

On what sparked his second-half 20-point performance after a quiet first half
"Just wanting to win. We were in a slump coming into this tournament, coming in 0-4, but we were hungry to win. We were very desperate, like Coach said. We just had to execute, fix our mistakes, and play by our coaches and Tulsa basketball."

On what went through his head when he took the last shot
"Nothing, I just knew the shot had to go up. Time is running down, that's what we needed. I just had to have confidence and use my technique and follow through, and thank God it went it. It felt good, it looked good. I'm happy it fell."