Xavier University Musketeers vs. University of Rhode Island Rams Game Quotes

Jan. 23, 2010

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Xavier University Musketeers vs. University of Rhode Island Rams

Saturday, January 23, 2010, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio



Game Quotes

Xavier Players


Jordan Crawford


“I just picked my spots [to score] very well. They [URI] were pressing. Coach [Mack] told us to attack the press.”


“The spurt helped us. It got us the lead. Once we get the lead we want to extend it.”


On XU defense tonight

“We were pleased, because [in the last game] Temple got some easy baskets.”


On boxing out

“We’ve been focusing on it all year and this was the first time it worked.”


Jamel McLean


On the play of Jordan Crawford

“Teams can’t single out one player on our team and say ‘we can stop this player.’ He has great vision. Jordan [was] throwing assists out there.”


On URI’s press

“Our guards did a good job finding me, Jason [Love], ATay [Andrew Taylor], and Kenny [Frease] down low, because there was usually only one [Ram] down low.”


On his free throws

“I’ve got to get into the gym and stay focused during my off days. Sometimes it takes me two awful shots and then I go up there and knock the next one down.”



Rhode Island Head Coach Jim Baron


“I thought the game was just two different halves. They [XU] made some big shots to get into that run. We’ve got to keep communicating and talking and not leave them open for threes.”


On Jordan Crawford

“He’s a really good player. He plays really aggressive.”


On URI’s performance in the first half

“We got them to turn the ball over and we were aggressive, really forcing the issue. Then the second half we left them open. They’re a really good team.”



Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack


“We beat an excellent team. I have a lot of respect for the University of Rhode Island. Coach Baron does a great job. The difference was we did a great job defensively. You have to learn how to finish a game with a young team. I’m proud of our team.”

“I thought in the first half we were nonchalant with the basketball, not meeting passes. Because we were a team with only six turnovers in the second half, we scored 46 points and put the game away.”


On Jordan Crawford

“When he lets the game come to him, he’s a dominant player. I was really happy how he rebounded the ball – 12 rebounds. He changed the game entirely. To have six assists and 12 rebounds, I thought his performance was great.”


On Jamel McLean

“I thought he was big on the glass. He was who we need him to be tonight. We have four kids who are rotating at those two positions [power forward and center] and I love them all. And 20 points and 11 rebounds [combined] out of two guys [McLean and Andrew Taylor] who don’t start.”