Dec. 8, 2000
UAB Head Coach Murry Bartow
"Well that's a tough one obviously. Murray State came in and played well.
We just didn't make shots. I thought we had good looks. We broke down,
quite frankly, in the last 10 minutes of the second half. Defensively, we
didn't get stops. We tried to mix the man and the zone and didn't get
stops. Offensively, I thought we got good looks at the rim. We just
didn't convert. You've got to give Murray State credit. They came in here
and played incredibly hard, didn't give up, and it was a big win for them."
Murray State Head Coach Tevester Anderson
"Our kids and our staff felt like we could win even down at that point in
the game. We had to execute our offense and play some tough defense. We
thought that if we could rebound, we could cut down on the second shots.
That is what hurt us in the first half. In the first half, if you look at
the field goals it is even and they only made six more free throws than us.
In the second half, they made some free throws and made some early
rebounds, if we could rebound the basketball with them then we could win
the game. They were out-rebounding their opponents by 10 rebounds this
year. We needed to get some rebounds ourselves and get some second shots
so that we could win it. They are a really good basketball team. We
studied them on film, we know they are a very good team. They had a
problem when we changed defenses on them in the second time. We changed
from a man-to-man defense to whatever we changed to. We are a good
shooting team. We are shooting almost fifty percent for the year. We just
needed to make some shots. We took some bad shots at the beginning of the
game. In the second half, we took better shots. When we shoot the ball we
make good shots."