Dec. 20, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino
"I thought it was a really good win for us, I have a lot of respect for that team and they’re a “mid-major” team. They were picked in the bottom of their league. If they’re at the bottom of their league that means their league is really, really good. The first half we certainly made some mistakes; they were beating us, it wasn’t like we were really beating ourselves, we were making big time plays but we did a much better job certainly in the second half. They didn’t make a three, which was great, Andre Hollins did an unbelievable job of rebounding the basketball, attending rebounds, got to the line which we wanted to see more of. Austin Hollins played 38 minutes and had six assists, zero turnovers, played out of position. And certainly DeAndre Mathieu and Malik Smith were phenomenal. It was a great win for us, we’ll enjoy some time off and get right back at it.”
On Omaha's first-half offensive production...
"That was pretty unique, I think they only had four baskets, four two-point baskets. They’re a very good offensive team. They were tough to guard. They had Iowa beat, they had UNLV beat on the road, they did a lot of really good things. So you’ve got to give them a lot of credit .”
Junior Guard DeAndre Mathieu
On Omaha’s success from 3-point range…
“We knew they could take a shot from any time, at any range, but we stayed at home and tested our shot, and it worked out.”
Senior Guard Malik Smith
On his chemistry with Deandre Mathieu…
“I think he is one of the best guards that I have played with. He creates a lot of things for all of us. Without him, we would not have the record that we have right now.”
Junior Guard Austin Hollins
On his teammate Andre Hollins getting more rebounds than usual…
“We both tried to find a right spot, worked on big man and boxing out for a rebound, and he did get a lot of rebounds today,”
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT.
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