Xavier vs. Gonzaga Postgame Quotes

Dec. 31, 2011

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Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few

"That was a heck of a win for us. That team had not lost when they were complete. It was a great win for our program against a very good team on the road. It was tough. It wasn't easy."

"They kept getting back in the game. The guys came over during timeouts and I told them, `We're ahead.' Three timeouts in a row our guys came out with their daubers down."

"Our rebounding was huge. It was a phenomenal job and it was against a good rebounding team."

Gonzaga Player Sam Dower

"In the warmups my shots were falling. It carried over into the game. We just took what they gave us. They scouted us and didn't think I could hit the mid-range jump shot. But I was feeling it tonight. This is a tough place to play. The crowd was into it. That's a really good team. I have a lot of respect for them."

Xavier Players Tu Holloway

"I expected to win today. They made clutch shots. A long three from [Kevin] Pangos or Sam Dower or we didn't get an offensive rebound we needed."

Kenny Frease

On the rebounding differential (Gonzaga 44, Xavier 31) "I guess they just wanted it more than us. I really don't know. Myself included, we all made mistakes. We have a lot of tough-minded kids in our locker room."

On Sam Dower "Especially at a school like Gonzaga, anybody can go off at any time."

"There's no comfort in losing. There's nothing good that comes from a loss. We've got to figure it out."

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack

"I'd start off by saying we lost to one heck of a basketball team tonight. To me, the difference tonight was the kid Sam Dower. I thought we did a great job on Elias Harris. I thought we did a great job on Robert Sacre. But Sam Dower, he's a pro."

"I thought our guards did a good job pressuring the basketball. There were just some times when we made a run but couldn't capitalize by getting a stop."

"We've got to be a more disciplined team on offense. You can't pick and choose when you're going to take good shots."

"We're good. We just lost to a team that a lot of teams around the country won't schedule. I have a belief in every single one of my players on both ends of the floor. I've got a lot of faith in the program. I know my kids have a lot of faith in the program."