Postgame Quotes

Dec. 7, 2010

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Northern Iowa at Iowa
Northern Iowa Head Coach Ben Jacobson
Postgame Quotes

Opening Statement
“Iowa played a little bit better in a couple key areas and deserved to win tonight because of it. They rebounded the ball well. They got to the free throw line. Those couple of things proved to be the difference in the game.”

On Iowa’s defense and the half court press…
“It wasn’t anything we didn’t see on film. It isn’t anything that Kwadzo and Johnny, in particular, haven’t seen before. We’ve watched it on film the last couple of days. “

Why do you think Cole and Basabe were so effective inside?
“I said it before the game that all of their guys that are playing inside for them, Brommer, McCabe and the two starters, are really active and really aggressive. They’re playing well and that helped them tonight. They were able to go up and get some basketballs off some missed shots and that certainly helped them get some points on the board. It helped them get to the free throw line. I just think that their activity level is really good watching them on film, and they did really well tonight.”

“I think the credit goes to Iowa’s defense. I thought that they did a really good job of their man-to-man, making things tough for us. They change the defenses. We’ve got a younger basketball team, but we also have O’Rear, Kwadzo and Johnny, and they’ve seen defenses get changed before. The credit goes to Iowa. I thought quarter-court man was good and Fran did a good job of changing defenses and that had us off balance a little bit.”

Iowa Player Postgame Quotes

F, Melsahn Basabe
On how it felt beating another team from Iowa
“It was a great feeling. South Dakota state was a great atmosphere as well, but today to come back and get the win with the fans behind us, it was a great feeling and experience.”

On teammate Jarryd Cole’s improvements
“He’s definitely getting better. Tonight, it just seemed like a habit. Every shot that went up was his. He is always giving 110%.”

C, Jarryd Cole
On making 15 rebounds and ten points
“Credit it to the state rivalry. I just knew I needed to come hard and give it my best shot. It was great having the fans support and coming out with a win.”

On having fun out on the court
“It was good to see those seats filled. The team chemistry was clicking and we just played really well. We had some penetration on their great defense and scored some points on the inside. It felt good to execute our game plan.”

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