Nov. 1, 2011
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“We got just what we wanted. We knew Bemidji State would do things that we hadn’t seen. We saw some things we need to work on and it gives us a chance to see what we have to do defensively and overall what we need to work on.”
On the play of the second unit…
“They looked a little nervous. Oto, Elliot, Andre (Hollins) looked nervous but played pretty well once they got more comfortable.”
Senior Forward Ralph Sampson III
On facing an opponent rather than teammates for the first time this year…
“I think this game was needed for us. We’ve been going against each other for quite a while. It’s always great to get this first game in and actually play someone else.”
“This game was a test for us, and I think it was a good measuring stick.”
Senior Forward Trevor Mbakwe
On areas in which the Gophers need to improve…
“I think it starts on defense. I think we just got kind of out of position a couple times. …We didn’t play as hard. We lacked intensity some times in the game. I think when we picked it up, we were able to extend our lead a little bit, but then we kept them in the game.”
“These games show you where you are, what you should keep on working as an individual and as a team.”
Bemidji State Head Coach Matt Bowen
On What the Game meant for the program…
“It is a great opportunity to play against someone else first and foremost. It being a Big Ten team, the University of Minnesota, is a special deal for all the kids from Minnesota. It means a lot for exposure, the game will be on Big Ten Network tomorrow, that’s the only time we will be on national TV.”
On Hanging tough…
“It helps when you make shots. I thought we competed well, it was 47-40 in the second half. I was proud of the way the kids fought. “
On Looking forward to the rest of the season…
“At the end of the day it is and exhibition game and Tubby (Smith) is not going to play his top guys for a majority of the game. We certainly gained ground on the second group. I thought more encouraging than discouraging for us, by far.”
On David Berthene’s play…
“Dave redshirted all last year so I didn’t know what I was going to get out of him. I loved him when we recruited him. He shot the ball really well tonight among other things. Dave has gotten stronger since last year. I was really excited to see him play”.
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