Feb. 18, 2012
Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
"That is the best defensive basketball team in our whole league. They make you earn everything. I thought we did very well defensively also, short of some offensive rebounds that we gave up. To hold them to 55 I'm not sure they have scored that few all season. For the most part we kept them out of transition. It comes down to a couple plays here and there. At the end of the game when it was all tied up we missed a shot and had a turnover and they score twice. So those are the four-point swings, the two we didn't get and they got."
"We put ourselves in a position and battled back. I am super proud of the team. There is no quit in them. They are continuing to get better and fighting. That means a lot to this university and our staff." "For us to only shoot three free throws was an indication that we were not being aggressive enough. We looked a little hesitant. They have some length and athleticism. We were physical but didn't give ourselves a chance from the free throw line. If you look at that stat, it is troublesome."
On the slow offensive start to the first half "I thought it was good defense. We didn't give them good looks. And we had a hard time scoring the whole game. I thought we had each other scouted pretty well and took each other's strengths away. Maybe not the best from a fan perspective, but defense wins a lot of games and championships. I thought it was kind of neat, I think we were five or six minutes into the game and it was still scoreless. I will take that all the time. That is credit to both teams defensively."
Junior guard Cedric Martin
On the comeback in the second half
"We executed more plays and that brought the energy back that both teams started with at the beginning of the game. And in the middle of the game we were able to bring that energy back and made a few shots and went on a little run. Our confidence was sky high and we were trying to push it and get our lead, but we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and second chance opportunities. That is what put us behind."
Junior center Jason Washburn
"We are proud of our team's effort, but at the end of the day that doesn't fix the feeling of losing. We really hustled out there against a team that beat us pretty bad the first time. We were tied with four minutes left and if we would have made a few more plays than we had a chance to win."
Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle
"I was proud of our guys. The last four minutes they buckled down and did what they had to do. [Utah] made a run at us and our guys handled it. To not play your best and win a game is a sign of progress. We got good looks for the most part. There were a couple of ill-advised shots and we settled for the jump-shot a bit too early, especially in the first half, but in the second half we came in, put the ball inside and extended our lead. [Utah] made that run and our guys rode their backs and got stops."
"You have to be able to win games. You look around the country now and you look at conference games, you see a lot of close scores, you see a lot of teams that might struggle on the road to win a close game. It happens in our league, it happens in every league, and this was just one of those games. Obviously we'd like to play better. Our program is predicated on defense and rebounding. It's a testament to our players that they were able to have a sub-par game offensively, especially in the first half where we were shooting 29% and we're up by three, because we rebounded. We were up 11 on the glass at half time and we held them at 33% [shooting] and you have to be able to do that. We didn't let our frustrations on offense affect our defense and that's a sign of progress."