XU vs. UD Quotes

Jan. 15, 2011

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Xavier University Musketeers vs. University of Dayton Flyers Saturday, January 15, 2011, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game Quotes Dayton Head Coach Brian Gregory

"Pretty darn good college basketball game tonight. One thing we have to take a look at is the job Chris [Mack] is doing with the team. They just kind of stuck to it and stuck to it. That starting five is as good as any around. And that goes right back to the coach. At the same time, I thought we took a little step forward, too. The challenge is to bottle that and play that way the rest of the year."

On Juwan Staten "He played well. I asked him to get on the glass for us and he got three defensive rebounds. And he can become a really quality defender. And I thought he was in control offensively. He played pretty darn good in his first night out [against Xavier]."

Xavier Players

Jamel McLean

On the home winning streak against Dayton "It feels really good. The streak didn't end on our seniors. Both teams played hard. We did a great job of hitting our free throws down the stretch."

On rebounding "Once we settled down our guards did a good job of getting the long rebounds."

"The guards get me the ball in great position where I can use my athleticism to score the ball."

Tu Holloway

"We have a great crowd and it is always really loud in here. Our crowd really helped us late in the game."

"My shots were going down for me, and so the game was easy for me."

Kenny Frease

On the game-clinching rebound with 11 seconds remaining "I let them get a rebound and I thought they were going to call a foul [on me]. But I got the [next] rebound and I made the free throws."

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack

"That was a heck of a college basketball game. But I certainly didn't expect the score [81-76]. I would've expected the score to be the second-half score, 50-44. Our kids were resilient. I thought the big difference in the game was our free throws."

"In the first half we were too really Terrell [Holloway]. In the second half we had much better balance. I thought Kenny [Frease] and Jamel [McLean] were difficult for them to guard."

"We talked about Dayton being a driving team. But they shot the ball really well from three. We really wanted to crowd the floor on Chris [Wright]. We did a good job of building walls. But you can't take away everything against a first-team all-conference player."

"They [Dayton] were a little quicker to the ball in the first half. They're an excellent rebounding team, but we were quicker to the ball in the second half."