No. 18/21 SDSU MBB-Colorado State Postgame Quotes
March 9, 2012
San Diego State Postgame Quotes
COACH FISHER: This was a really good, well played, hard fought college basketball game. For as tough as both teams played, to have seven turnovers, each team, this was high level, high quality basketball.
Every mistake we made in the first half they took advantage of. I thought in the second half, we were so good at being able to find and do a better job of contesting three pointers. They were 6 11 in the first half, 1 10 in the second half until they made the last one at the buzzer. That's a credit to our kids, how they listened at halftime, how they compete together.
Again, it was a true team victory. We don't win without this guy here, DeShawn. Obviously, we don't win without the other two, Jamaal and Chase. That's what we've been all season.
So we're proud to represent our university, city and conference in the championship game tomorrow. Whoever we play, we will compete and play hard.
But this was a well played, hard fought game against two teams who both should be in the tournament. I'm a strong believer you reward for what people have done. Colorado State has had a magnificent season. I hope they are in the NCAA tournament.
Q. Jamaal, you got in some foul trouble early. You were still able to score a game high 19. What allowed you to be effective?
Q. Three point shooting at times has been criticized. What allowed you to be effective from the outside today?
Q. I'm sure you watched tape on Pierce, dominating in the paint yesterday. What were you able to do to control him?
Q. They shot really well from three in the first half. Second half you held them to only two three pointers. Did you change anything defensively?
Q. What is it about the second half, Chase, your game seems to take off?
Q. Can you comment on a potential matchup against UNLV, how much you would relish the opportunity to beat them here in Vegas.
They're two good teams. We're just going to sit here and watch and see who we play tomorrow.
Q. DeShawn, when Jamaal got in foul trouble early, came off the bench with Garrett. Talk about what Steve Fisher asked of you in that role.
Q. You had three guys score at least 15 points tonight. Talk about that balance, how you were able to spread the ball around.
Offensively, as the season wore on, Jamaal became more and more an offensive factor and has become the leading scorer of the team yet. We got a lot of guys that can play, make shots. You saw that today.
The people we play know that. Chase is a scorer. He can score in a variety of ways, make hard shots. Rahon is more than a catch shoot player. You get guys that get opportunities and they're going to make shots.
Xavier stirs it all up for everybody. Gets into the paint, finds people. So they kind of feed off one another. It's a nice community affair and all of them can do what they did today. We got five guys I think averaging close to double figures.
Q. You've been through these conference tournament wars quite a bit. You see a lot of teams don't really need to win to make the tournament. Some teams don't need to win to be a No. 1 seed. How do you approach these games? Seems to me like you approach it like you approach every other one.
That's what we've done. We talked a little bit about us and a responsibility to ourselves to come out and be as good as we can be. We want to play tomorrow. We're not worried about not having a deep bench, not having legs. We want to be playing. We want to be that last team standing here in this Mountain West Conference, and we're going to be having a chance to do that.
But we've always felt that way. And this year, yeah, we're going to make the tournament. But our heart and soul was into winning this game today to have a chance to win the conference tournament championship.
Q. Watching DeShawn Stephens this season, it seems he got better each and every game. Can you talk a little bit about how he's improved this season and also what he meant coming off the bench today.
When he says, Okay, I'm going to let my athleticism be a big part of what I do, he's good. He's still learning how to play. That's up to him and us to help him grow on that. DeShawn has made improvement because DeShawn is a quality guy that wants to get better, never resents how much he plays, what's said to him. He's got qualities that really allow him and us to be good.
Q. In the first half you put Jamaal back in with two fouls. In the second half he picked up his third early. You left him in. Talk about your decision to do that.
Mark Fisher told me, You got to go tell him you're going to put him back in. I said, Jamaal, I'm putting you back in in the first half, somewhere, 10 minute mark, I don't know. You're going to go back in. Cheer your teammates, relax, be ready to go.
The second half, I couldn't take him out when he got the third foul. We told him, You got to be smart. I thought they tried to attack him when we were switching screens and all of a sudden he gets on Green or one of the guards. I think they tried to take him off the dribble. But he did a pretty good job of not fouling, once or twice at the expense of giving up a layup, but he did a pretty good job of staying in the game.
Q. All three guys that came in off the bench were solid performers today. Talk about their role, especially when you have three games in three days like you do here.
So we got solid play off the bench, which is what you have to have, and what you should have with Division I players that are good.
Q. Can you talk about third matchup potentially with UNLV. What do you think this next game would be like?
If we were to play them again, it quite probably could go that same way. We've played New Mexico. Both of these teams are really, really good. We've had our hands full. We beat Vegas at our place on a buzzer shot. They beat us here. We beat New Mexico at their place by five, and it was really more than that, and they beat us at our place by about eight or nine, and it was every bit of that.
I don't think it matters to any of us who we play. We're just excited and happy that we're going to be one of the teams playing. But I do know whoever we play, we'll have our hands full and then some.
Colorado State Postgame Quotes
COACH MILES: Well, I congratulate San Diego State. I thought they played a good floor game. Thought defensively their big lineup was hard for us to operate against. They deserved to win the game.
We looked just a little step slow tonight to me. You can't be a step slow against San Diego State. You know, it was a tough loss, difficult. Always difficult to end your, you know, journey short of your destination, but we'll live to see another day, I hope.
Q. Could you talk about, other than their size, was San Diego State doing anything on defense that you had not seen?
We settled for jump shots in the second half.
Q. Jesse, it seemed like they made you guys work so hard to even get up a shot. Did it feel that way?
Q. Describe the difference between that first half you had last night against TCU and this second half you had tonight against San Diego State.
We gave up too many offensive rebounds and we weren't getting as many stops as we did yesterday. Yeah, we just need to be more aggressive.
Q. Now you guys are done having chances to impress the selection committee. Are you comfortable where you're at now?
But we've been working hard all year. I hope the journey doesn't end now because I know this team has a lot more to give come post season play.
Q. How do you think the pretty much pro San Diego State crowd affected you guys?
As far as affecting us, I don't think it did too much to us. I think it definitely gave them some momentum and they fed off of it. But that's something that we expected coming into the game.
Q. It seemed like you were hitting so many threes in the first half. The ones you were taking in the second half, were they just as good and not falling or were you taking a different style three point shot?
Q. In yesterday's press conference you described the idea of trying to defend against Jamaal Franklin as a nightmare. Today you held him down pretty well but he scored a game high 19.
Certainly it's hard to stop his drive. He's crafty at getting fouled. And then he steps up and makes threes. So now you have a real problem on your hand.
You have to credit him for finding a way to be really, you know, effective in limited time. But, you know, I thought that was a big thing. When he stepped up and made those three threes, you kind of go, This is bad, this is not good.
Q. We talked about your team not being able to attack inside. Do you credit San Diego State's defense collapsing more or is that your team not being aggressive enough?
If there's a smoking gun to my offense, it appears to me is free throw rate. The last two times we played San Diego State, we shot more threes than free throws. We shot the ball really well at their place. If we don't get to the foul consistently we have a real problem for our offense. I thought you saw that tonight.
It's not so much scoring inside, it's where you get your easy baskets, offensive rebounds, transition, foul line. I thought that San Diego State went big. Not everybody goes big against us. I thought that was a good move. I thought we struggled with that some.
But the more thing is we just didn't get fouled. I thought that was a bigger problem tonight. Then I thought with their size, too, they were on the offensive glass. They got 11 of their 28 misses, whatever it is, 10 of their 28 misses. I don't know the number on that, but it's too much. Those two things hurt us.
Q. How much was the back to back games an effect on your players?
I thought we looked slow. I thought our lack of depth hurt us. As a coach, you're a general manager, too, in college basketball, so you got nobody to blame but yourself when you don't have depth.
Greg's injury affected us because his length and athleticism can really help in a game like this. He was better today, but he just couldn't go. I don't know if he'll be able to go tomorrow, but he'd be ready to go next week.
Q. What are the next two days going to be like for you?
Q. This is a point when coaches usually make their plea.
You know, yeah, we made our case.