POSTGAME QUOTES: Fresno State 60, Utah State 54

    Feb. 4, 2012

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    Rodney Terry, Head Coach, Fresno State
    On tying a school record with just three turnovers:
    "I'll tell you that was a huge key to the game. I mean, Utah State, they're a really good offensive team and if you give them second chance points, and we had that problem up there at their place. We gave them a lot of transition baskets, a lot off of self-inflicted plays when we turned the ball over for scores, but we did a great job after that of really protecting the basketball. Three turnovers with 12 steals, I don't know if that's some kind of record or not, but you play 40 minutes against a good team and only have three turnovers; our guys did a great job of taking care of the basketball."

    The Bulldogs' defense on Medlin and difference from the first meeting:
    "I think he got loose a little bit up there in the latter part of the first-half; up there for some open looks and kind of got him going a little bit. You know going in he is a good player and is a key to their team in terms of really having to score for those guys. Our guys just stayed attached; they arrived with high hands and we tried not to give him as much separation in this game as he got last time."

    On beating Idaho and Utah State after long stalemate:
    "It feels great for these guys. I know that they haven't once given up in terms of working hard and playing hard the whole time. Having had a chance to come back here and play at home, in front of our home crowd; it felt great this week that we could get in a routine. Teams that are successful a lot of times get in a routine. So we got a chance to get back in our own beds, play here Thursday night and not have to get on a plane early in the morning and be here and get acclimated back to academics, just a regular routine. It's a huge, huge advantage playing home games, especially in conference play. That's why when you go on the road and you get one on the road, I mean it's very valuable."

    On Fresno State Women's Basketball Team beating a tough LA Tech team 61-59:
    "As big a win this was for us tonight, our guys competed extremely hard. I'd like to say congratulations to our women's program as well. They had a huge win up in Ruston against a tough LA Tech team and Coach Wiggins, great job; great job in staying undefeated in league play. They're off to a great start and I just wanted to congratulate them as well."

    Jerry Brown, Redshirt Sophomore, Forward, Fresno State
    On his first career three-point shot:
    "I knew where my feet were, I just wanted to be aggressive. I had already made a couple from that same spot and it was one of those things coach told me before the game, `Don't think about it, just play' and that's what I did. I played and just took the shot and it went in and I was excited about it; first three of my career."

    Kevin Olekaibe, Sophomore, Guard, Fresno State
    On second-half performance:
    "I was just playing my game. Coach Terry always tells me to let it come to me in the offense and that's what I was doing. My teammates found me on the floor and I was just going as hard as I could to help my teammates."

    Stew Morrill, Head Coach, Utah State
    "Well, they jumped us early, but we made a game of it. We didn't make the plays we needed to when the game was on the line. Give them (Bulldogs) credit, and we lost. That's about it. If you would have told me before the game that we would hold them to 39 percent (shooting from the field) and outrebound them by 16, I would have thought we would win. But we had 16 turnovers. It's tough to win in a 60-54 game with that many turnovers.

    On Fresno State's intensity and pressure
    "They were excited to play. Their pressure was good and they forced a lot of turnovers. We acted tired and unmotivated on a Saturday night on the road. ... When we decided to play, we had three chances to go ahead, but didn't capitalize."

     

     

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