March 2, 2007
UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND QUOTES
Head Coach Eric Reveno:
Opening Remarks: "Really proud of our guys effort. We have been working hard all year long, and we have been a basketball team really getting better. [Heading into the tournament,] I felt as optimistic as a coach of a 4-10 team could. I'm happy with our guys' effort in practice. I'm happy today for them, especially the seniors. It started with defense and rebounding, that's been our point of emphasis all year long."
On Breaking the Tourney Win Drought: "I didn't want to burden our team [with the streak] since they weren't part of all of those losses, but that is significant. It means a lot as far as a step in the right direction. We're a program in transition, but the program is always about the people. These milestones are nice to point to. We're not done by any stretch; we're going to try to get another tomorrow."
On Defensive Strategy: "Their perimeter players do a fantastic job of getting their post players the ball where they can be successful, so we worked a lot on bothering the passer. I think switching our defenses [also helped]."
On Staying Positive Despite the Losses This Season: "As a competitor, that's what you've got to do. When you have good kids playing hard for you, it makes it a ton easier."
On Getting Ready for St. Mary's: "I haven't really thought a lot about that. I'm just glad to be playing at this point. We had a lot of guys play a lot of minutes, we're going to have to get contributions from different guys tomorrow, and it's going to be another battle. It just feels really good to be worrying about that stuff right now."
On This Maybe Being His Last Game: "It was definitely an emotional game. The fact that it could've been my last gave me an extra push."
On Home Court Advantage: "It was definitely a big plus for us, just for guys to feel comfortable. The fans were great behind us tonight, and a lot of momentum carried with us out there."
On His Strong First Half: "My teammates set me good screens, and [Cooper] gave me some good passes. I have the confidence that I can make shots."
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY QUOTES
Head Coach Rodney Tention:
Opening Remarks: "Congratulations to Portland. They deserved it. They played harder than we did. We've been kind of Jekyll and Hyde all year. I feel absolutely horrible for my seniors...In the second half, we didn't do the job and those guys got it going...We just couldn't put the ball in the basket. We just didn't make shots and we didn't defend - those are the two keys."
Difference between this season's tournament and last year, when they made the finals: "It's a loss. It's an early round loss versus last year, which was the final. I felt coming in we needed to win four games and we were capable of doing that...We knew going in it was going to be tough --it's a home game for them, but we've won on the road before. You've got to give Portland credit. They got down, but they just kept battling. That's what March is all about...It was different from last year because it was a championship game for us, but like last year, we just came up short."
On the influence of UP playing at home: "Playing home games is always an advantage because your crowd is always going to get you involved and they sense when you need a little push. [Portland] was down and all of a sudden they start making shots, the crowd gets a little louder, they get a little more confident and we didn't answer...I thought we did a good job, but we didn't make shots. We didn't force anything, we just didn't make shots. We defended, which kept us in it the first half. The start of the second half has been an Achilles heel for us the past couple of weeks. A sense of urgency-we talk about it and talk about it...it started snowballing and then you're playing catch up...I think it's a great tournament-anybody can beat anybody. You throw away records right now."