Gonzaga Post-game Quotes

March 14, 2002

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Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few

Opening statement:
"I knew that it was a going to be a tough, physical, hard fought game, just like it was. Obviously the one stat that jumps out is how we shot the basketball. We just didn't make shots tonight and I think that Wyoming deserves a lot of credit for that. They really physically took it at us. I'm not saying that we didn't respond well, we just didn't step up and make shots. It's been awhile since Gonzaga shot 26 percent."

On the seeding:
"I thought that we were really on the attack all game. In fact, in that regard, I think that the seeding actually helped us. I'm not going to say that it was right, but I think that it helped in that regard. From a coaching standpoint, I felt that our guys were going to come out with something to prove, but I didn't see that at all. I didn't see any tentativeness out of any of the players-we took 71 shots. We just didn't make shots today. Usually we have a great inside-outside attack and I thought the Wyoming bigs did a good job of playing us physical in there. We didn't quite convert like we usually do inside and the jump shots weren't going, so it was a little bit of a struggle. All the credit to them. We've had team play as physical as they did before, but we just didn't quite finish it off today."

On team going through a lot of loss this week:
"We've learned a lot this year that put things in perspective, all the way back to 9/11, which we talked a lot about as a team, to Father Tony, which was very difficult because he was so close with us. The one thing that we've done is we've savored every day that we have had together and we have really enjoyed being together. The biggest loss for me is I don't get to coach these guys tomorrow in practice, which is a huge void for me. That's what it is all about. That's why you get into coaching and I hope that's why you get into playing, is the relationships we had this year."

 

 

Gonzaga Players

Guard Dan Dickau

On shooting percentage:
"We missed shots. You have to give their defense some credit but at the same time I felt that we had some good looks throughout the game and we just didn't knock them down."

On his shooting tonight:
"It's the NCAA Tournament and it's time to be aggressive. I tried to come out aggressive today. I didn't want to walk off the floor, no matter at what point in the tournament it was, knowing that I didn't give it everything that I had because it was my last game. That was more shots than I normally take and I tried to stay aggressive. Some threes that I normally hit just didn't drop. A couple times I did take the ball in on penetration a little too far and I got in trouble."

On Josh Davis block:
"It was in transition. I looked over my shoulder making the move and I thought that he was sealed behind there and he came out of the middle of nowhere. Give him credit, he made a great defensive play."

Forward Zach Gourde

On the last four minutes of the game:
"I think that we felt good going down the stretch. This is a situation that we have been in before and we've come back knocking some big shots down the stretch. I think we felt pretty good, but they made very few mistakes. They played with a lot of poise and consistency in the last four minutes and we did not. We got rattled and we didn't do some of the things that we've been doing all season."

On going home early:
"It's odd to be going home. We expect to be able to make a run and be successful every year. Being a competitor you have to have that kind of attitude if you are going to go out and win. So of course we expect to go on and try and play further."

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