Florida A&M Coach & Player Quotes

Head Coach Eugene Harris

On the game...

“It was not their pressure that hurt us. It was their inside game. Kansas State is a much bigger team than us and took a fight to us early by doing a great job of rebounding and we were not able to get second shots. They out rebounded us 53-31. Anytime you get outrebounded by 20-plus rebounds, you are not going to win the basketball game. The biggest thing of all I thought were the touch fouls on us. They shot too many foul shots (45) because of touch fouls. As much as they pushed, it has to be called both ways. I know we are coming into the Big 12, but you have to call touch fouls on them. It is going to hurt them in the league if you do not call them now. We only had 13 turnovers, where we got beat was on the boards.”

 

On coming into a tough Big 12 environment...

“That happens when you go onto the road. But you play the game and go up and down. The game has to be played the same way because I know when a team (Kansas State) shoots 45 foul shots and we (Florida A&M) shoot 25, that is not right.”

 

On being out-rebounded...

“Early in the game it was frustrating. That is what got us in a hole early in the game. What really got us was when they were going to the foul line more than us. That happens when you play road games, but when we go into our league that might be something that will bite us. I was proud of my guys because they did not quit. When you dig yourself into a hole on the road, it really hurts. But, like I said, I was proud of our guys because they did not quit.”

 

On what you are going to learn from this game...

“I learned that we have to be more physical also. The game is physical. We have to get back on defense and in the second half I did not think we got back. We are a small team. But when we put a body on them and they come over our back, you would think you would get a call.”

 

Freshman Guard/Forward Dunnell Webb

On the game...

 “We are a team. You have to win and lose together. We have to work on the little things like playing hard and going to every loose ball, and rebounding. Most importantly, we have to go hard all the time. If we get that down, then we will be alright. I thought a couple of our guys got rattles a bit, but once we got used to the tough environment, I think we were ready to play. I was surprised we got outrebounded. We work on that a lot. Everybody has to go hard all the time and not just a few people. K-State was good. (Jacob) Pullen was a really good shooter.”