FINAL: Creighton 77
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They Said It: Nebrasketball-University of Mary

November 16, 2016

Notable quotes from Nebrasketball’s 70-38 victory over University of Mary.

Head coach Tim Miles on getting the new players more minutes in the second half:

“Yeah, I thought it was good that the newcomers could get on the floor, kind of get to a point where you’re tired and you’re starting to concentrate on how to play, what to do, you know, what happens. [University of Mary head coach] Joe Kittell’s been with me at two different schools in a lot of different capacities. I thought he was going to control tempo tonight and he was not going to let that game get away from him. That tests your patience too, not only on the defensive end, to play to the final buzzer, but then on the offensive end. I thought we played pretty good defense the whole night, but we got real impatient on offense. We went down and rushed some shots, took a whole bunch of three’s the first half, and then turned it over plenty in the second half. And that’s where, you know, regardless of opponent, whatever, there’s a way to play, and I thought we played solid defense, but then on the offensive end, I wasn’t happy with our patience.”

On Anton Gill’s struggles:

“I just want to put my arm around him and give him a big hug and say ‘it’s going to be all right; you’re a good player, just relax.’ Nothing succeeds success and until we can get him in a position where he feels good and comfortable and he’s having success, he’ll probably be a little uncomfortable. That’s going to happen; we just have to get him up to speed.”

Tai Webster on the freshman getting a lot of playing time:

“I think it’s really good for our growth, especially intertwining them in with starters and stuff like. That is awesome to see them out there and I think in the long run it’s going to pay dividends.”

On the unity of the team:

“The tightest it’s been while I’ve been here. It’s a whole different feel—great friends off the court, obviously kind of forced to be friends on the court. We have a lot more ‘buy-in’ factor this year. We’ve had a couple of years now that we haven’t really reached our goals and stuff. I think everyone kind of realized we can’t do it all individually and we really need team to come together to achieve all our goals and stuff. Individual goals come from us coming together and achieving our team goals.”

On struggling against zone defense:

“I guess it was just the first time we’ve seen it. We don’t practice a lot of zone in our own practices because we’re primarily a man team, but I think it was just a lack on myself and [Glynn Watson Jr.] getting the guys organized and into plays. We came down in man plays and had to switch over, and it was really my fault, me personally and G as the point guard to communicate and get us in those sets.”

Isaiah Roby on the bench being motivated by Miles to play better than Sunday:

“After Sunday night, he kind of challenged the bench because I think we had like nine points or something bad. He challenged us to step our game up tonight. We still have a lot to work on, obviously—execution-wise, just gelling as a team-wise. I think we stepped up a little bit more.”

On his dunk over the University of Mary’s center:

“It felt good. I was trying to get the one off the steal in the first half. After that one, I wanted one so it felt good.”

Michael Jacobson on being a veteran:

“It is a little bit different than last year. Your head’s kind of spinning as a freshman and you’re trying to learn and take in as much as you can. This year, being a sophomore, I feel like I have more of a grasp of team concepts overall. It is a little bit different giving advice, but I feel like I’m trying to do the best job I can. [Tai Webster is] doing a great job too and I feel like our other guys, Glynn Watson and Jack McVeigh are doing a nice job of just … multiple guys constantly in their ear trying to help them out, clear their heads and just tell them whatever we can.”

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