Dec. 19, 2005
UAB HEAD COACH Mike Anderson
On the victory:
"We're thankful for the win and we tried to play a lot of people. We didn't shoot the ball that well tonight. Overall, I wasn't happy but we did come out with a lot of intensity. Centenary never quit but I think a lot of that is a result of what we did."
On his team's ability to finish:
"We had a lot of opportunities to score a lot more points but we didn't finish. Good teams find away to finish plays."
On the post play:
On the decided rebounding advantage for Centenary:
"Centenary missed a lot of shots but got a lot of second chances. We dominated the rebounds early but in the second half they got the job done down low. Both of our big guys had five rebounds at the half and both ended up with six in the game. That means that they each pulled down one rebound in the second half. Rebounding is just something we have to continue to work on."
CENTENARY HEAD COACH ROB FLASKA
On UAB's performance:
"UAB is a good team and when it comes to pressure, there is nobody better. We just told our guys, `Hang in there and play hard.'"
On using four timeouts in the first half:
"We had to use some timeouts early to stop the run. You can prepare and prepare, but unless you can simulate an actual game, it's real difficult. They are, by far, the toughest team we have had to prepare for. They press in so many different ways, they're so relentless."
On Centenary's improved play after halftime:
"Fortunately, we got them back into more of a halfcourt game in the second half. They struggled a little bit, they didn't hit shots but then they kind of came back with the press and opened it up again. But then we were able to break their press a little and get it back into a halfcourt game and that allowed us to close it at the end."
On UAB's ability to disrupt the point guard position:
"We don't really have a point guard on the team. Bryan Baumann and Xavier Burnette are really combo guards that are probably better at the `two' because they shoot, they score. We won't face anything like that the rest of the year, thankfully. But it's something that you've got to learn from and hopefully, we can take this as a learning experience."