Press Conference Quotes|
March 8, 2006
GAME 3: (8) Tulane 64, (9) Marshall 58
Marshall Head Coach Ron Jirsa
"I give Tulane a lot of credit. I think Dave Dickerson has done a great job coaching this year going through the situation they went through. Of course, we lost to them twice so maybe I have more respect for them than the other guy. I think they've really gotten things together. It was an outstanding job by their staff and players to get to this point, and they looked good tonight."
About the second half, especially when Quincy Davis went out for Tulane
"We wanted to get the ball up the floor and get it inside, and I thought we did that for the most part. We didn't convert at the end of the game, which we needed to do to hold them off. When we got back into the game, we had a chance to go ahead, but it didn't happen. He's (Quincy Davis) a physical presence on the inside and he posted us early in the game, but with him out of there, we were able to get the ball easier.
Marshall Player Mark Patton
"It was a hard fought game from both sides. Both teams were battling all night. They just got their rebounds at the end of the game. I have a lot of respect for my teammates and coaches. They all put in lots of hours of work, and I thank them for that; sending me off that way and working as hard as they could."
Marshall Player Markel Humphrey
"They were a physical team. They pushed the ball up the court and had a lot of big, strong guys. We just got to box out a little bit more and defend the post a little bit better. Tulane had big guys who got a lot of rebounds. They were just a really scrappy team."
Tulane Head Coach Dave Dickerson
"This is a great win for our program, especially considering the fact that we didn't play particularly well in the first half. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes, and we just didn't play with the energy it takes to win games in March. We made some adjustments at halftime."
"My hat goes off to David Gomez and Quincy Davis, both of whom kept fighting the last 20 minutes of the ballgame. I thought that our guys were great teammates tonight, considering the fact that our guards were giving up looks from the outside and got the ball inside. In order for us to (continue to) win (in the tournament), we need David (Gomez) and Quincy (Davis) to play the way they did in the second half."
Tulane Player David Gomez
On playing in the second half (Without Quincy Davis)
"For me, it was kind of tough switching around and playing the five-spot and dealing with most of the offense being directed toward me. For a little while, my shots weren't going down, but my teammates stuck with me and kept passing me the ball. I think our defense stepped up tremendously from the first half, and we really got after the boards."