Dec. 11, 2004
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Head Coach Tom Izzo - Michigan State
"Well, the most impressive part of the game was probably to be able to give them 10 free points in that opening stretch. We just turned it over and I have no idea why. The turnovers were the only negative of the first half. I thought that our defense was pretty good. We missed some shots, but I felt like, because we were turning over, we kind of got out of synch. We didn't seem to be in the flow of things and their pressure bothered us a little bit. Chris (Hill), in all honesty, has not practiced but one day this whole week because of a very infective blister on his foot. I thought that all of those things showed a little bit, but in the second half we played awfully well."
On how State improved in the second half
"We did a lot of good things. We got the ball inside. We wanted to get the ball inside and outside. That was pretty good and we started helping in the area where we needed help. We rebounded the ball decently and we only turned over the ball four times, when we had seven turnovers in the first half. We rebounded the ball better, we took better shots and it was just a better team effort in the second. We got the basketball to some other guys. It wasn't a great game for Shannon (Brown) or Maurice (Ager), maybe not even for Kelvin Torbert and Alan Anderson getting into some foul trouble, but I thought that Drew Naymick and Delco Rowley both came in and did a pretty good job. Drew Neiztel continues to get a few more minutes and he is making some progress. All in all, it was a good game against a good team."
On Stanford as an opponent
"I think that they are going to improve as they go because they play so hard. Their inside tandem is pretty good and I thought that we did a good job on their inside. They got into some foul trouble themselves and that hurt them."
On how Izzo coached the team into retaliation after a slow start
"I just asked them what we were doing. I said, `Can someone explain to me why we gave them 10 straight points?' I kept great composure, I want you all to know and I bit through my tongue because I knew that they were ready to play, I was just disappointed in how they were playing. I just said, `We have to take care of the ball,' for the 15th time, and we did a lot better job after that."
On Chris Hill
"He was moving around more gingerly than normal because he has a blister on his foot, I have never seen anything like it. I thought he had a couple of threes that he missed that he normally would have hit. I don't know if it was the time off this week or what, but he was still solid and steady."
Head Coach Trent Johnson - Stanford
On his team's performance
"I don't know how much of a comeback we tried to make. In the second half, their depth broke us down and their athletic ability allowed them to make plays."
On the performance of Paul Davis
"Paul is a good player. (Taj Finger) tends to foul, commit silly fouls. Paul is a good player."
On only having seven assists in the game
"No question it had a lot to do with them, but it had a lot to do with our inability to execute and take our time. We need to wait for screens, be strong with the basketball. We're struggling to adjust to our new roles. Our margin of error is very small as a basketball team."