Feb. 8, 2006
Post Game Quotes Michigan State vs. Purdue February 8, 2006
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter Opening statement... "I thought they were quicker to the ball, more aggressive, and I thought a lot of it had to do with them just wanting it more. I thought we were lucky to be in the position we were in, especially at halftime, they had nine offensive rebounds and we only had eight total."
On Ager and Brown... "When you have guys like (Maurice) Ager, (Shannon) Brown that can play the whole game, keep them out on the court those guys are thoroughbreds."
On Purdue's play... "Obviously when we take poor shots and they can get the ball in transition, that's going to help them get numbers and attack. That's what we need to work on, taking care of the basketball and getting better shots."
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo Opening statement... "I look at the stats and I guess I see a different game than what I watched. I didn't really like the game that I watched. But if you look at the stats we did some things well."
On Halftime... "I was proud of Paul Davis and Maurice Ager. At halftime, they stepped up and told the team that they had to play better to win the game. They vowed to play better defense, and I think we came through."
On the second half... "We worked hard to get that 12 point lead. But then we had some turnovers and took some bad shots. I give Purdue credit, they didn't quit and they hit some big three-pointers when they needed them. We had a lot more intensity in the second half."
On his players...
"People ask how you play with three stars and you look at the stats and you see 24 assists on 29 field goals, and that is how you play with three stars. You've got to give credit to Maurice (Ager), Paul (Davis), and Shannon (Brown) for going about the game the way they do."