Nov. 21, 2011
Minnesota (4-0) 85, Mount St. Mary's (1-3) 56
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
November 21, 2011
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“As far as our execution tonight, I thought we were sharp and crisp. Our guys made better decisions with the ball and we got off to a good start. Mount St. Mary’s, they’re coming in with a team that was picked to do pretty well, but they had to let one of their best players go, so they’re trying to find out what adjustments they need. We’ve been through that in the past. We got on them early, got into our press, and that helps when you can score early and get into your press, score early and capitalize.”
Rodney Williams (Jr./F)
On his game tonight:
“Coaches were telling me I need to be more aggressive… Tonight I just came out looking to be more aggressive from the jump. They didn’t box me out going to the offensive boards, so that’s where I got most of my points.”
On the team’s effort:
“Everyone just wants to go into this tournament feeling good about how we played before we left. If we came out real sluggish, we might go into the tournament that way and it’s going to be a really good tournament. We can’t go in there like that expecting to win.”
Austin Hollins (So./G)
On how it felt to win so comfortably:
“It was definitely comfortable. We were playing up-tempo like we want to play…. When our shots are falling it makes it a lot easier. On defense we had the intensity we were looking for. That helped as well.”
On if having a game like this is good heading into the Old Spice Classic:
“Definitely, that got our confidence up a lot. We go to practice and work hard. That’s one thing we work hard on in practice is taking care of the ball and making game-like situations, and I think we came out and executed tonight.”
Mount St. Mary’s Head Coach Robert Burke
General thoughts on the game:
“Clearly we did not handle the pressure at the beginning of the game and that got us off on the wrong foot. They beat us on the offensive glass as well, so that is where the game was won.”
On Rodney Williams’ athleticism:
“I did not think it was so much (Minnesota’s) athleticism as it was our lack of discipline in terms of doing the things we can control. If we had executed better than we did, (Williams’) athleticism would not have shown up to the degree that it did, but he is clearly a phenomenal player.”
On Danny Thompson’s play:
“Danny has played tremendously in all four of our games to this point. I thought he did a good job establishing himself inside and competing on the glass.”
On positives from the second half:
“We outscored them in the second half and shot a better field goal percentage. We outrebounded them in the second half, so there is quite a bit that we can build on, and that is what we will do.”
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