March 8, 2012
2012 CONFERENCE USA
MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Press Conference Quotes
(6) Marshall 105 vs. (3) Tulsa 100 (3OT)
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion
"Everyone had the chance to witness a classic with that one. That was a classic college basketball game. I said to Doug (Wojcik), afterwards, obviously they deserve a lot of credit. My guys know I reference boxing a lot, and that one was like the old days with Ali and Frazier and those cats, when they used to go at it. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids than I have in that locker room. I talked about it all season, at one point we are going to need each and every one of our players, and tonight was the night we needed everybody. We had some guys come in and make some big plays, and our older guys carried us.
Great game, we are thrilled with the victory and now we have the opportunity to move on to the semifinals, which is something that Marshall has never done before. We have to regroup quickly and get ready for a great Southern Miss club."
Have you ever won a game in which so many of your players have fouled out?
"I have been fortunate to be a part of some great games, historically. This was one of the top classic games that I have been a part of, but we had adversity with the fouls. They had some guys foul out really late and we had some guys foul out kind of early. We had some guys step up and make plays, though."
On Dago Pena’s four point play:
"That was huge. That was a set play that we called. He got the kid off of the ground and got the foul. That was huge play. That one might have been the one that broke their back a little bit. It gave us a great jolt of confidence."
On the play of DeAndre Kane:
"He was in complete control of the game, late. He had the ball in his hands, we ran clock and he drove that thing. He played with great purpose, down the stretch."
#23 Shaquille Johnson, Marshall
On the upcoming rematch versus Southern Miss:
"The first game, things didn’t go exactly how we wanted, but in the second game, we guarded them well and held them to 40 percent. Tomorrow, is going to be another dog fight."
#24 DeAndre Kane, Marshall
On the upcoming rematch versus Southern Miss:
"Southern Miss is a good team. We played them tough at their place, but we beat them at our house on senior night. We know what they run and they know what we run, so it should be a battle."
Was fatigue a factor in this game?
"Fatigue wasn’t a factor. We should be good, tomorrow. We are going to ice up and drink up. We won’t be tired, and we will be ready to go at three."
On taking over in overtime:
"I think that we were down by four and we had to foul. I looked at coach and said ‘let me shoot a three,’ but he said ‘no, keep driving the ball.’ I just kept going to the basket, made a few lay ups and got a few calls. It wasn’t just me though, our bench stepped up. It was a team effort, today."
Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik
"Lots of plays that were made probably impossible to comment about. Really an unbelievable basketball game. Give Marshall some credit, particularly DeAndre Kane he played strong, he’s a strong kid and they just made more plays down the stretch. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game; we‘ve been in one other triple OT game before. It’s hard to comment on one or two plays, but we had plenty of chances to win the game we just couldn’t put it away."
With all those fouls, how hard is it to get into the rhythm of a game?
"We’ve had issues with our own guys subbing for fouls. I think we started doing that about the 12 minute mark of regulation. In the end, I give Marshall credit because Dennis Tinnon stayed in the game, then Jamir Hanner came in and gave them another body with some athleticism. At that point I just had no more guys left. It’s hard, the whole thing is hard. Classic game though."
Every time one of Marshall’s players fouled out did you feel like you chance might be there?
"We had our chances. You have to make free-throws and preserve the lead, some turnovers were critical. Marshall deserves all the credit in the world. I think Jamir Hanner did a nice job for them and Chris Martin made a shot, I thought their bigs did a really good job."
#2 Eric McClellan, Tulsa
Can you talk about the opportunities you had in overtime?
"All year long our motto had been finishing it. It was a tick-tacky game, definitely frustrating when we had so many opportunities to win the game. Credit Marshall, a great program and a hard fighting team. The better team won today, but a very frustrating, crazy game."
Is it hard for a player to get into the flow of the game with so many fouls?
"Definitely, I don’t really get into the referees, but I could not believe how many calls they were making. The fouls just went back and forth, back and forth. It’s hard as a player to get into rhythm when you have plays like that during the game, especially late in the game."