San Diego State-Air Force Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes
Feb. 2, 2013
Postgame quotes from the No. 22/20 San DIego State-Air Force men's basketball game on Saturday at Clune Arena.
San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher
"The strength for us, against Air Force, should be offensive rebounds. I believe we had 17 or 16 last year and got beat by two points. That was one of the things we talked about that should be a huge plus for us. It was, but it wasn't quite enough."
"(Air Force) got the looks that they get against everybody and they made them. I think that they were seven for 10 or 12 out the gate and eight for 18 at halftime. We talked about that at halftime ... I don't think they'll shoot this well, but we've got to do a better job of closing them out. You can't close them so hard that they get by you on the dribble, because that's the next thing they look to do. But I thought we did a better job in the second half against guarding the three. They made some hard ones. (Michael) Lyons made a huge one right by our bench with no time on the clock and we were all over him as he made it. To win a game like this, you have to make plays. You have to get a lucky bounce and they had one more than we did. We still had opportunities, but we didn't get it."
"(Jamaal) Franklin's a good player. You play to your strength and make your opponent do something different to stop what they're doing and he made plays the last 10 or 12 minutes that allowed us to fight our way back in."
Air Force Head Coach Dave Pilipovich
About the Air Force players
"That just shows our cadet-athletes. They are special. We got on them from time to time at practice and sometimes after practice we may go back to the office and say we're not this and we're not that. No, we are. They're tough.....their character....... leadership. WOW! I wouldn't trade them in for anybody. That group in that locker room is something. The Academy has beaten three top 25 teams in its history and that group has done it twice within a year. That's the players."
About seeming calm at the end the of the game
About Kamryn Williams
"That (his performance) goes back to the training these cadets go through. The character, the leadership, they are on it. They are on point and they are ready to go. They believed coming in they had a chance to win the game. When you have that belief that's half the battle."
On the last possession
On Michael Lyons
On the seniors