XU vs. Butler Game Quote

Dec. 10, 2010

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Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens

"I'm proud of the way our guys fought back. I thought the last 10 minutes was a lot to build on. You can stay and fight and make it a game, and that's what our guys did."

"Their post players played really good 'D' in the first half and made it really hard to score."

Xavier Players

Kenny Frease

"We just play really well here [Cintas Center]. The crowd was unreal. We just have extra energy in this building, so much adrenaline."

"The last two years combined, Matt Howard has had about a thousand offensive rebounds against us. He's a great player. He's a smart player. We were playing as a team tonight, and that's why we won."

Mark Lyons

On his game-winning free throws "We came out of the huddle and Coach just said, 'It's winning time.'"

"That game from last year has been on my mind since last year. We displayed heart and got the victory."

Jamel McLean

"We were well-rested. We had about six or seven days off. It's a quality win. Butler is probably going to finish first or second in their league. Butler was a great win and we have seven or eight days to prepare for Wake Forest."

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack

"I just want to start out by thanking the adminstration for creating this electric atmosphere with the white-out."

"Number one -- we are trying to improve as a team. We spent the last eight days examining what we need to improve on both ends of the floor. We're getting better. Certainly, losing to a team two years in a row can incentivize you."

On Mark Lyons' game-winning free throws "He's a very confident kid. The fact that he made two crucial free throws against Wofford helped his confidence. He stepped up to the line [tonight] and made them both."

On Ronald Nored "He is really tenacious. He prides himself on his defense. Tu [Holloway] won't be the first guy to have a tough game [against Nored]. But on the other end, he [Holloway] was a superstar, the way he was defending Shelvin Mack."