Nov. 13, 2009
2009 Athletes In Action Classic
November 13-15 * Bank of America Arena * Seattle, WA
Game #1 * Postgame Quotes
Portland State Head Coach Tyler Giving
"Turnovers. You throw it away 19 times and you aren't going to win too many games. We got outrebounded 40-34. They got a lot of second-chance points. They were just a lot bigger and more physical than we were inside. With that being said, if we take care of the ball... We had our chances. OI thought we had a good game plan. We had a good scout. We knew their personnel. It is a little tough to scout the freshmen. I thought they did a nice job of exploiting us. We had to make adjustments. We talked about it at timeouts. We couldn't stop the dribble penetration. (Playing three games in three days) is not the worst thing in the world. We can take a lot from it. For us, it is a good thing to get three games under our belt and see where we are at. For us, what really matters is getting ready for league play. These are good teams. They are legitimate teams. They are talented. We just need to continue to get better.
Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd
On starting out the season with a big win over Portland State:
"It's a great win for us. Portland State has proven how good they are in the last couple of years and I think they'll be right there again (this season). I'm very pleased and a little surprised because we're so young and have so many new people. We usually shoot it better than that and we're better inside, and we still managed to come away with the win, so I'm encouraged."
On the test of playing three days in a row:
"It is good because we can talk in March and say `we've done this' because we have to win our conference tournament. A couple years ago we started out in Cincinnati in one of these tournaments and beat them in the first night - and that is the year we almost beat Duke in the tournament - so it helps to talk about and build on these things.
"I don't know if I'd tell you on Sunday afternoon after we are dead tired, but it's great. For Washington, they need to win these games because they're thinking at-large down the road. For us, we're just hoping to be a better team when we leave here Sunday."