Saint Mary's 70, BYU 69
Randy Bennett Postgame Comments
"We've been there before. We were down 20 at Gonzaga, the same kind of
deal. This place is... you have to make
shots. I thought we were getting good
shots in the first half, early. They
came out on fire. We just had to keep
our composure and weather the storm. We
talked about that. This place, Gonzaga
is the same deal. They hit you with that
initial punch. You have to survive that
punch, then hang around and we did. Our
goal was to get it back down to single digits.
We did that before half. Then,
our goal was to get it down to one possession.
We did that. Then, to take the
lead. And, we did that. Our goal was to win, finally. It was a little dramatic, but we'll take it."
On tactical changes at
halftime: "(We didn't change) too
much. Early on, I thought we got good
shots. We stayed with it. We didn't panic."
On Dellavedova playing with four
fouls: "My philosophy is a little
different than a lot of coaches on that.
I don't think we have a chance to win the game if we don't have Delly in
there down the stretch. No sense in
saving him for the last three minutes.
I'd rather have a chance to stay in the game. I gave him a rest, made sure he was
good. Then we tried putting him on somebody
we thought wouldn't draw a foul. Delly is really smart and I trust him on
that. I just know, him on the court is
better for us than him off the court."
On the replay of the final
shot: "I was pretty sure (it was
good). But, it was loud in there. You don't know if what you saw was what you
really saw. I was a little
nervous. But I was pretty sure. All our coaches were really sure. And, it went our way."
On the way the team played the
final seconds: "We had a little luck,
getting it in there. That's not Delly's
normal shot. We did everything for those
2.5 seconds right. We inbounded deep so
we could get a decent shot. We didn't
panic on the inbounds. Haws hit a tough
shot. He was tough down the
stretch. We just kept our composure. We play those situations out all the
time. But, you have to do it under
pressure. And, they did it under
pressure. We were a little lucky and the
shot went in."
On the play of Stephen
Holt: "Holt got us the lead. Holt was really key during the second half in
that stretch. He has been playing really
well as of late. He's been playing
really well since he came back from injury.
A lot of guys contributed. A lot
of guys helped. We don't get that done
without the whole team."
On Delly hitting the buzzer-beater
with his parents from Australia in the bleachers: "First of all, you don't get to play in a
place like this when it's packed very often.
That's a dream for guys growing up.
Then, to win in this place. Then,
to hit the last second shot. It doesn't
get any better. When your parents are
from Australia, they don't get to see you all the time and you are a
senior... It was a storybook ending for us
and for Matt. It was awesome."
On maintaining momentum going
into next game at Portland: "We have two
games this week. This was big. Up at Portland will be a tough game for
us. Our league has been balanced this
year. That's a tough game. Just like when we had to come back from the
Gonzaga game and play USF. We knew that
was going to be tough. This one is going
to be like that, but we have to go on the road.
It is a tough road trip. This
start of our conference was really challenging.
Going to Gonzaga. Going to
BYU. Then, going to Portland. Three games of the first five are on the
road. The turnaround on Gonzaga to USF
was a tough deal. So, we'll see if we
can make it a really good week."