Jan. 28, 2006
Utah Head Coach Ray Giacoletti
"We found a way defensively to get better. You have a chance to control the game with your defense and your effort and understand what we want to do. Putting a body on someone to box out, those things you can control, and it's been hard for us to truly have pride in our defense and hopefully we took a step in the right direction."
On making the run coming out of half time: "I think our guys were jacked up because they did a good job defensively. We didn't do a great job offensively. They screwed us up with doubling the ball screens and we tried to do some things to alleviate that, but it's hard since you don't have a lot of time to find the open man because you have to protect the ball."
On what led to run to start the second half: "Chris Grant got a couple of steals and gave us a little life, Johnnie (Bryant) pushed it in transition, Luke Nevill) ran the floor a couple of times, there were two or three little spurts like that. We didn't execute what we wanted to first trip, so we had to go back and get a stop and it was that second one that kind of got us going."
Utah Center Luke Nevill
"I'm just trying to be more consistent in practice and work hard in practice day in and day out, especially defensively, and that just carries over to the games. I think the whole team is pretty confident and pumped up after a big win, and in practice if we keep working hard and going strong it will carry over to the games."
"I'm trying to get deep catches and deep post-ups and trying to get some guys open when people are doubling down on me."
"We played really good defense in the first half as well, they just made some tough shots. But in the second half they couldn't carry over their offensive effort and we just kept going hard defensively and it paid off."
"We needed a win. Hopefully this is a building block for the rest of the season. We get a couple wins late in the season going into the conference tournament... We tried to set the tone defensively."
TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty
"We just didn't show up in the second half, plain and simple. I don't know what caused that. We played decent in the first half, but there were a few things we did wrong in the first and I thought we were fortunate to even be in it at halftime. We had no offensive rebounds and shot poorly from the free throw line."
"We turned it over a couple of times to get them started and we missed some decent looks at the basket in second half. It was almost like we were in mud, but you have to give Utah credit. They played really well in the second half. Their size was a big factor around the basket and we weren't making any outside shots. They also shot extremely well from the three-point line in the second half and that really hurt us."