We were really lucky and fortunate to get the win. Loyola is a very good team.
They were really good. They took us out of everything. It's probably a good lesson for our guys. We looked like a 5-10 team tonight we had been playing a little bit better. You've got to bring a heck of a lot more than we did tonight.
Marist is as good as anybody (in the MAAC).
He just took over, and that was it. He dominated the whole second half. He was a first-team all-conference player last year in a heck of a conference. It seemed like he did what he wanted, and that's the sign of a good player.
I met with Coach this week and, well, I knew we had to do something extremely good this weekend for me to hold on. So, I guess it became official tonight.
It killed us. We didn't have him for the whole first half of the season so we should be familiar with playing without him. But he's such an important part of our team and he gets two over-the-back fouls in a game that was fairly contested on both backboards. That hurt us.
We had our opportunities and blew it. Today was terrible. We had veteran players and couldn't get it done.
It's simple. If we defend, we're OK. If we don't, we're in trouble. It's disappointing because it's a game we should have won.
We needed a miracle. It didn't happen.
We were going to pick up and try to trap, but we didn't get into the trap. The idea was to trap him and make him pass it. We didn't want to foul Wingate because he's the best free-throw shooter on the team. I thought we had a five-second call, but they gave him a timeout instead.
I'm asking them to be older than their years. But they were also baptized by fire. We took a pretty good caning early on, and hopefully you learn from that. Every game we'll play the rest of the league schedule will be like tonight.
The play of those two freshmen speaks volumes. We obviously need more help for Terrance he can't carry the load every night. But Jon and Herbie made some big plays. I'm going to have to ask them to be older than their years.
Even without Roberts, Mississippi State is a really, really good team. We tried to play a perfect game and slow it down, but they beat us on the boards and made us shoot poorly.
We knew we had to have a pretty good year this year and we had to do well in the tournament, and we didn't. We didn't meet our expectations. ... My contract wasn't going to be extended unless, and I understood that.
He plays the way it's supposed to be played. He has a swagger and confidence that makes him special.
I always say it's one step at a time. Now we've got something to help build our confidence.
We have to get back to trying to accomplish our old goals on defense. We've been working on improving our defense since before Christmas. Maybe now it's finally paying off.
We were virtually blind and confused for a while as multiple reports came in,
I'm grateful for the opportunity. Basketball has been great to me.
It would be over-egging our own capabilities to pretend we had instantaneous appreciation of what was happening.