Nov. 27, 2010
Xavier University Musketeers vs. Wofford College Terriers
Saturday, November 27, 2010, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Game Quotes Xavier Players
On tipping in Dante Jackson's missed free throw at the end of the first overtime
"He [Jackson] happened to miss the ball where it caromed up in the air. It was a great miss. Anytime you miss it, you want to miss it straight up into the air, not down."
"I worked hard in the off-season on my free-throw shooting. Some people are good free-throw shooters, some people are not. My teammates have confidence in my free-throw shooting."
"I don't think you can call it an improbable comeback. Wofford's a good team, but we put ourselves in a position to win."
"Once it comes down to extra periods, you don't think about fatigue. It all comes down to heart."
"Our bench consists of a lot of young guys. We're just looking for them to get better in practice."
Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack
"That one had it all. Regardless of Wofford's record, they're a darn good team. They'll be in the NCAA Tournament; they're going to win their conference; they're very well coached; I have a lot of respect for those guys; and I had a lot of respect for those guys coming in."
"Give them [Wofford] tremendous credit. Our team's got a long way to go. I recognize that, our players recognize that. Whether Lady Luck was on our side tonight or not, I would rather be pointing out our warts to our players in the locker room after a win than a loss. Like Coach Prosser used to always say, `Never accept in victory what you wouldn't accept in defeat.' And that's something we're going to have to do as a team to mature and grow up and continue to get better. I'm proud of our kids, they never hung their heads."
About Jamel McLean's tip-in following Dante Jackson's missed free throw at the end of the first overtime
"He [Dante Jackson] looked at me. We don't practice that a ton, but Dante's missed so many big free throws, so I didn't think I had to tell him to miss it. I can say that because I love the kid. But he looked at me and said, `Coach, you want me to get it really up there?' And I said, `Sure.' Obviously when it hits the rim and goes up three, or four, or five feet, it gives the offensive rebounders a chance to get in better position versus throwing a laser right at the front of the rim. There wasn't enough time. How that ball got tipped in may be a little David West pixie dust sitting on the rim. Somehow the thing went in."