Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On Justin Edwards’ game…
“Wesley [Iwundu] and Justin [Edwards] have been rock solid for us. Their numbers have been great. They play very efficiently and I think that is the best thing. Obviously, I want more from them and I even asked Justin if he got tired after 22 minutes. I thought we had a lot of guys tired though. They have exams coming and they have a lot of stuff going on and that stress always makes you a little more tired. It is that time of the year where we have to take care of ourselves. I was hoping after Saturday when we came back from Georgia and all we did was lift weights and watch video and shoot and then we had off Sunday. We did get after it pretty good on Monday and yesterday was normal, so I thought we would be a little fresher. Maybe it is just that time of the year with all of that stuff on their minds. If Justin and Wes could be consistent like that at 33-35 minutes then they are going to be very good players, and they are going to help us compete down the stretch as we go into the Big 12.”

On what he likes most about Justin Edwards’ game…
“He has given us a lot of everything and that is the big thing. Justin has made some threes, and he has been in the gym working at it. He hit four of the last six threes and that is positive. Him and Wesley [Iwundu] have been rock solid for us and have been great leaders and consistent. We need the older guys to play well and then the young guys can just tag along.”

On allowing a lot of turnovers and rebounds…
“Our turnovers and their rebounding were a little disappointing. Once we got the rebound we were able to get some easy transition points, but we have got to block out. Sometimes you cannot just out jump people, you have to block out. Our effort was a little disappointing on that and that allowed them two, three or four opportunities on a possession. It kept the game where we had to stress a little bit.”

Junior Guard Wesley Iwundu
On games in between road games…
“You just have to be mature and be prepared for them. The same way you prepare for every other game. So, I think we did a good job of that today. We got off to a great start and kind of slowed down, but as far as being prepared for the game, you just have to be consistent with it.”

On expectations and contributions from teammates…
“I am a little surprised, but I cannot complain. As a team, we are very versatile. We have a lot of guys that help us in scoring. Some nights, Justin and I might have an off night and our younger guys are stepping up so that is always a good sign. We have to keep building confidence.”

On the game at Texas A&M…
“This is a big one for me. I am going into it ready, and I will be prepared. I have my teammates there to help me.”

Senior Guard Justin Edwards
On performance…
“Obviously, every win is a good win. I think we wanted more out of this. We want to get rest and let the other players get in, but it was good. I enjoyed it. We won, so I liked it.”

On the difference in performance from last year…
“I took my summer a lot more seriously and worked out a lot more. I have a lot more confidence this year and my role has gotten a lot bigger so filling that role and just being confident is something that has been a big change for me.”

On statistics…
“I just try to play my game and do everything I can to help my team win, and if that is doing all that kind of stuff then I am going to keep doing it as long as we keep winning.”

Coppin State Head Coach Michael Grant
Opening statement…
“I thought it was a pretty good game for us. I think our guys really came out and competed and played hard. We just did not shoot the ball well. For us, to go into a ball game and shoot less than 30 percent and less than 10 percent from the three – we are not going to win a lot of ball games that way.”

On focus for the future…
“This is the first opportunity we have had to play a lot of zone this year. I thought they did a pretty good job at it. I think we can really expand on that and try to keep other teams shots off.”