Saint Mary's Head Basketball Coach
"It was a game of two halves for
us. I wasn't very pleased with our first
half. Our bigs didn't play very
well. We got in a bad position where we
were down 18 at the half. We are just
going to have to get tougher inside. I
just can't see it being any other way. I
told them at halftime it was 100 percent defense. We were better in the second half. Kyle Rowley helped us compete. Beau Levesque.. Mitch Young.. Brad (Waldow)
was a little better. We got (the lead)
down and had a shot to tie the game. We
had an open three.
"We were down 20 with 19 and a
half minutes to go. To get it back to
where we had a chance to tie it, our guys did a pretty good job. We competed better in the second half. We are way too experienced and way too far
along to have that halftime conversation - about working hard against a good
team. They are a good team. You can't come in here doing what we did defensively in the first
half. It wasn't where it needed to be.
"We weren't satisfied with
that. We were better in the second
half. But, you can't be a one half
ballclub and expect to beat a team like this.
"I was proud of Stephen (Holt). He stepped up, showed a little leadership and played well. He actually got us going. Even (Jordan) Giusti, when he played we cut the lead.
We took Dellavedova out and we made a run.
That was with Giusti in. Holt was
making baskets there. Brad made some
baskets. I thought a lot of guys in the
second half did a good job.
"(Dellavedova) has got to make
shots. No excuses. He is trying.
His attitude is great. But, you
have to play better than that if we are going to win.
"(Kellyu) Olynyk and (Kevin) Pangos are the guys
they play off of. Those are their two
best players, along with (Elias) Harris. That is
what you are looking for out of your best players, to step up when you need
them. Olynyk was good. It wasn't like we didn't know that. We were ready for him. We prepared for him. He just put it to us. Pangos hit some big shots for them.
"I remember (Olynyk) from two
years ago. I remember he wasn't very
good. He has improved as much as anybody
in college basketball. We didn't go into
the game thinking he couldn't play. We
were prepared for him. He still did it
to us. He is really improved. Credit him.
Credit their program. We brag
about it when it happens in our. They
should certainly be in theirs too. He
has done nice work. He is a totally different
player than he used to be."