Feb. 13, 2013
Memphis (21-3, C-USA 10-0) 93, UCF (17 -7, C-USA 7-3) 71
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
First of all, I give all credit to those players. Those players were fantastic. I’m really proud of them. It was just terrific. Just a high level game.
The crowd was great tonight. Tiger Nation, don’t take it for granted. Keep embracing it. Fifteen straight; that’s not easy to do. To have another 20-win season; those aren’t birth rights. How about having another double-digit win in conference play? Those aren’t birth rights, so you enjoy it. The nation’s longest road win streak. All of that comes down to saying don’t take it for granted. Enjoy every minute of it. Enjoy every win. Enjoy every possession. I know I do.
I’m really proud of these young men. The season’s not over though. We have a lot of games left. We go to a tough environment on Saturday. They’re having one of their color outs. This is going to be their biggest game of the year at Marshall.
This was the No. 1 offensive rebounding team in the country (UCF). They had eight offensive boards. We made our free throws. Adonis (Thomas) was a monster in the second half. Shaq (Goodwin) was really good. D.J. (Stephens) was as efficient as you can find. Joe Jackson a double-double. Geron Johnson, 19 points, eight assists and nine rebounds. Chris Crawford gave us a lift in both the first half and the second half. He hit some of those three that stretched the game. Tarik Black was terrific. Tarik Black and Shaq Goodwin did an excellent job on Keith Clanton. Damien Wilson in the first half gave us excellent minutes. Guys like Ferrakohn Hall did good stuff. The bench was great. It was just a total team effort. A great win for the Tigers.
UCF Head Coach Donnie Jones
On protecting the basketball, avoiding runs and Memphis hitting three-straight threes
Our game plan was working, I thought, especially early on. We mixed some things up, and I thought we controlled the tempo, but we can’t give up 40-some points in transition, off of turnovers and blocked shots. That’s what we talked about, and we weren’t able to do the things we needed to in the second half. They’re a team that when they get going, they’re pretty difficult to change. Three, threes there puts them up 17, and we have to come down get an execution and get fouled and we missed free throws. We just have to find a way to chip away, but Memphis is good, they’re very explosive and very talented.
Thoughts at halftime trailing by six
I told the guys in there, we had given up all of our points in transition and we gave them second shots. We had only given up 11 points in actual half-court execution, so I thought we were where we needed to be. We turned the ball over too much, and I just said we needed to have patience and continue to work the ball and get good shots. In the second half when we got down, we tried to go one-on-one too much. We turned it over, and didn’t make plays and they got second shots. They killed us on the glass, I think probably 18 or so, that’s the difference. I think we didn’t get many second shots, and you have to get second shots against a team like this.