Jan. 5, 2008
Utah-Air Force Postgame Quotes
Utah Head Coach Jim Boylen
"I thought that Air Force is the most improved team in the country from where they started to where they are, and with the guys they lost. I think Jeff Reynolds has done an unbelievable job."
"I thought we competed, played hard and hung in there. When our offense wasn't going, our defense kept us in there, which is the way we want to play. We want to be a defensive team first and let our offense come around. I thought we did that. We shared the ball and we drove and pitched pretty well. Again, if this team competes, and we trust the system, we have a chance to have a good year."
"This has been an unbelievable day. I am so thankful to be at Utah and be a part of this community."
"Johnnie Bryant, to me, is a national Sixth Man of the Year candidate. What he sacrifices for this team, his leadership, a two-year starter. I made him come off the bench and he has embraced it. He has been becoming a winning player, which is what I asked him to do. He is finishing games. Nobody remembers who starts. He is making plays to help us win. My goal for him is to become Sixth Man Player of the Year."
Utah Senior Johnnie Bryant
"I've never been part of a game where I was the only one to score a field goal in a half, but I didn't even think about it. My job is to make open shots. My teammates did a great job trying to get them to me and giving me open looks."
"When Coach told me I wasn't going to be starting (this year), it was tough. Mentally, I was all over the place. But once I came to grips with it and talked with Coach and told him I trust him, I said that I was ready to play when he calls me to put me in."
"Air Force is very clever on the offensive end. You have to be mentally in-tune during every possesion, because they will hit you with a counter play once you think you have their offense down. Great credit to our coaching staff and our teammates for executing a defensive scouting report and getting it done."
Air Force Head Coach Jeff Reynolds
"We didn't play very well in the second half. We made shots in the first half that we took in the second that didn't fall."
"They're a very physical team and they try to take you out of your stuff."
"We could play better offensively. They got too many offensive rebounds off stops. They got too many offensive rebounds that they converted into three's."
"We had only had 28 offensive possessions in the first half and eight turnovers, that's obviously not good. I think that's why we were down six at halftime."