Dec. 10, 2005
UAB Coach Mike Anderson
On the victory over Alcorn State:
"They were scrappy. It's a reflection of their coach. With our depth and bench, we came out with a win. Fatigue was a big factor in this game. You can see that in the spurts late in the game."
On the Blazers' bench producing 46 points:
"That's the type of team we've always had. You never know where (the offense) is going to come from. Other teams might have a better starting five but when we get to our bench, that's the difference. I'm still searching for that group of eight or nine guys that will bring it every night."
On early offensive struggles:
"Early on we weren't making shots and that's a credit to them."
On eliminating turnovers:
"We better or somebody will be sitting on the bench. It's something we have to clear up."
On the upcoming game at Minnesota:
"I'm proud of our guys' effort tonight. We'll take the win and get ready for the Big 10. Anytime you go on the road, it's tough. We're going to have to play some pretty good basketball."
Alcorn State Coach Samuel West
On Clifton Douglass's 20 points in the second half:
"Clifton's been doing that all year, that's one of the reason's we brought him to Alcorn. But, we can't dig a hole for ourselves like we did tonight. UAB's a Sweet Sixteen team and you can't dig holes against teams like them."
On Alcorn State's 26 turnovers:
"There's minimal concentration. We talked about it before the game, but we can't apply the kind of pressure in practice that other teams are applying on us. That makes a big difference. We have to find a way to apply that kind of pressure in practice. Yesterday in practice we played six on five, and we're just going to have to keep doing things like that to simulate the kind of pressure that we see during the game."
On the run that brought Alcorn within striking distance:
"We made two great runs and then we took two bad shots. My two starting guards missed the front end of a one-and-one, and UAB converted on that. That was the difference"