Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill…”Well, it’s pretty simple to me, UC Santa Barbara is a lot better than us. We knew that we drew a good team. We knew we didn’t draw a lower-level Big Sky team, we drew a really good Big West team and they showed it tonight. Their two wings are exceptional players; we let (James) Nunnally get going at the end of the first half and Orlando Johnson in the start of the second half. We lost him in transition, we tried the triangle and two, didn’t guard James Nunnally one time and just various breakdowns. We played hard and kept battling but they are just a veteran team and a good team, and they showed it.” Freshman Center Jordan Stone…”There were some big plays. We were in it, then back out. It just seemed like we were back and forth a lot, and really fast. We’ve got to keep trying to be consistent and play hard the whole 40 minutes, not just part here and part there. After they went on a run, we kind of sat back on our heels and we weren’t attacking as much or playing as hard. It just wasn’t consistent.” UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Bob Williams…”I thought the seniors as a whole, especially Christian (Peterson) just had an outstanding game. I thought they played great, and then Nate (Garth) gave us great minutes. Those four kids played at a great level tonight. I think there were a lot of little plays tonight. If I look at them and see one as critical, I think it was their technical. It stopped a very big run. We had them down 14, they brought it back to four, the place was going wild, and all of a sudden it was back going our way.”
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