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Utah 71, Simon Fraser 36 - Postgame Quotes

Nov. 2, 2012

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Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
"We did a really good job. We were dialed in defensively. There was a lot of energy. The first half we did a nice job. They hit a couple of three's right before the end of the first half. Otherwise I think it's a little bit more of a sizeable lead. We did a nice job of moving the basketball. In the first half we missed open shots, but we were taking the right kind of shots. And I think the free throw line was solid along with some transition stuff."

On the offensive execution
"It was pretty good. When we got the ball inside, I thought our guys got some opportunities. It was our first time playing in front of a big crowd and I think they got tired fast, you know that early season adrenaline where you spend a lot. We had a good shoot-around, and some guys were understanding some things. The next thing we talked about before the game is number one, you have to know the play, and then it's a matter of running and screening, then you're going to be presented opportunities to score. And we've just got to let our instincts take over at that point."

What were you most pleased with?
"The defense is thing I was most encouraged with. I thought the inside guys got out and ran and got some baskets. Our transition phase was pretty good. Other than that we've still got a long way to go. Now when we're looking at films we're breaking down five guys instead of ten. We need to take what we have now and get good at it before we try to add anything."

Senior guard Jarred DuBois
"We just wanted to come out and defend and play hard. We worked really hard on our physical coverage and our defensive rotations. Early on we were just trying to stay solid and not give them any open hoops, and that turned into transition baskets. "

On leading the team in rebounding
"I was just trying to focus on anything that can help the team win. I just want to help the bigs out so they don't have to bang the whole game."



Freshman forward Jordan Loveridge
On the team's defense
"I think what won us the game early was defense. Coach has been working hard on pushing defense and keeping guys in front of us and I think we did that well tonight. It was a lot of fun. Once we play defense and get a lot of stops then we can get out and run and that's always a lot of fun.

On his first college game
"I didn't really have any thoughts coming in. I just took it as another game. I wanted to go out there and play hard like I try to do every game."

Simon Fraser Head Coach James Blake
"I thought [Utah's] physicality took us out of the game right off the bat. It didn't help that the officials let them do whatever they wanted to us, which is a little disappointing. We really wanted to give them a better opportunity to guard posts and basically our posts were fouled out the entire game and frustrated. [Utah] was able to hammer on them the entire game. I don't know how much either team got out of this. I don't think they got much out of it and we definitely didn't get much out of it. So it's a little bit frustrating from that side of it."

"It's always a pleasure to come down here and play these teams. The kids are always really excited to play. But when the kids are putting forth effort and I think playing really well but still aren't getting the benefits from doing it is a little disappointing. I thought to hold a Pac-12 team to below 70 points, that was really our goal I just didn't expect them to be so physical and be able to hand check us. There was almost two fights break out and that should never happen. That is the way they called the game and we had to adjust to it and we didn't. So again, a little bit frustrating but they are a lot better than they were last year."

"We watched [Utah] on tape from last year and going into this game they have some new, good pieces and some great size. I think they are going to be pretty good this year and surprise some people in the Pac-12. I definitely don't think they are last place, I would say more middle of the pack. It will be interesting to watch them grow this year."

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