Postgame Quotes — No. 21 Saint Mary's 89, Harvard 71
Postgame Quotes from head coach Randy Bennett and guard Emmett Naar
Saint Mary's Head Coach Randy Bennett:
(On team's Performance)
"I thought we played probably our best half of the year in the first half. We played about our worst five minutes to start the second half. Credit them (Harvard), they could have laid down easy but they didn't. They came back in the second half and pressured us and caused us to turnover the ball which we don't usually do.
"It was kind of a story of two halves. We righted ourselves as the game went on and were able to hold them off. We were happy to win against a very good team, played really well in the first half which gave us a chance to separate enough that we were able to hold them off."
(On Jock Landale)
"Jock usually plays well, he really played well today, finished and made some key buckets when we needed them. I thought he did a pretty good job defensively too"
"...We're always going to play that way, if we're not, we're not playing very smart if we're not trying to play through Jock in the post. Usually we have a mismatch there in most games."
Saint Mary's senior point guard Emmett Naar:
(On the team's performance)
"I felt pretty good, as coach said we came out really strong in the first half and we were just sort of clicking as a team, everyone contributing so that always helps a lot. Jock (Landale) was a bit of a beast inside there tonight which just clears everything up for us. I was just trying to read the play a bit, first game of the tournament everyone is a bit excited."
"I think the team did a good job except for that stretch in the second half as coach mentioned."
(On not taking a shot until second half)
"To be honest it just sort of happened. Some games teams play me as a passer and that will open my game up a bit more. Sometimes teams play me for scoring and that will open up the other ways. I try not to force to many shots, sometimes I could be a bit more aggressive that way but I just try to find the best shot for the team, if it's not me it's someone else so I have no problem just trying to get the best shot."
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