Dec. 21, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Quotes
Michigan State vs. UCLA
Dec. 21, 2004 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 76, UCLA 64
Head Coach Tom Izzo - Michigan State
"Well, there were a lot of times in this game that we played very, very good basketball against a good team. Somebody told me that we were supposed to win that game by 15 or 16 points and I said, `Some people must be nuts.' I mean, UCLA was a good team. I thought that we played pretty well in the first half, very well in the start of the second, and we had our chances to really do some things. We made some mistakes, but the run we had in the second half, the execution of our offense, I thought was phenomenal. We isolated Paul Davis and we did a very good job of getting him the ball, so our guards deserve credit for that. Chris Hill hit some big shots and made some key in-bounds plays.
On the dynamic of MSU's game:
"We struggled a little bit. Alan Anderson got into foul trouble and we have to work on our zone a little bit more. We had some trouble finding our guys. Sometimes it was the lineups that we had in there, but I am really proud of this team for what we did today. I think that we took a major step. We played good, we didn't play great, but we still found a way to win against a team that I think you'll see will win a lot of games."
On Matt Trannon:
"Well, in 11 minutes he had six rebounds. His foot speed makes up for some mistakes and makes up for some other people. I'm disappointed because there were times in which we would have played two bigs and we did play two bigs, but with a guy like (Dijon) Thompson, that becomes very difficult to do. Still, Trannon gave us some energy, some rebounds and he gave us some toughness and he did a nice job.
On Drew Neitzel:
"Like I said, Drew has been taking baby steps and I think that, tonight, he took a bigger step. He is more confident out there and he didn't turn it over. He just hung in there. He defended well, so I thought he did a pretty good job with that. All in all, I was very pleased with Drew's performance."
Head Coach Ben Howland - UCLA
On his team's performance:
"We were beat by a very good basketball team tonight. I am very impressed with Michigan State; I was before we came here when we watched them on film. They have senior leadership and are very well-coached. They play very hard and are very physical. The bottom line is in the first half they hurt us with their transition game. They had 12 points in transition and they had 14 points off turnovers. They had that 10-point lead at halftime and then came out and hit the two threes. We didn't have an answer to Paul Davis. Davis was a very good player. We tried to cover down. He did a good job kicking the ball out to hit a couple threes, one out to Hill to start the second half. They were a team that shot a lot of threes tonight, 27 out of 57 attempts from the field. I thought we needed to get to the rim a lot more than we did."
On all the 3-point shots:
"A couple of them were actually really good looks. Part of the reason is that we have to get better in the post. We need to throw the ball in the post and get someone good down there. This is an opportunity for Lorenzo (Mata) and Mike (Fey), someone needs to step up and be an aggressive threat down there. We need them to step up and be more aggressive offensively."
On UCLA's shots:
"I thought we got down and rushed some shots. Earlier in the game when the score was 20-21, we played exactly how we wanted to play, and then they got a push on us. That was a key to their game. We were getting some good shots early and we were getting some transition baskets."