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Post-Game Quotes

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Post-Game Quotes

Post-Game QuotesArkansas vs. California-DavisNov. 20, 2008

UC-DAVIS Coach Gary Stewart:

“We did really good things out here tonight. Our goal was to limit Michael Washington’s touches. However, we did not show our best on the court tonight.”

“I thought Mark (Payne) did a terrific job tonight, as well as Joe (Harden) who played a great game, making a lot of shots for our team.”

For future games:“We continue to talk to our guys about progressing down the road. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to have played the Arkansas Razorbacks here at Bud Walton Arena. However, it will be great to be home and play at our stadium with all of our fans again.”

Arkansas Head Coach John Pelphrey:

“They have a great squad and a great system. Tonight we had to step it up and make some free throws and we did that. They’ve got a different style of play, and our defense stepped it up and I am very proud of them.”

On UC-Davis shutting Rotnei Clarke down at the arc“We knew they were going to do that to Clarke. That created some lanes for us, and he can be a great help even without taking a shot.”

On having only one three-point goal“When you get into a situation like that you’ve got to ask yourself, are you going to be able to drive and get some inside shots and points elsewhere, and we did that. I was very happy about that.”

“Sanchez was huge inside, he played absolutely relentless. It was good to see him play like that with such tenacity; it was great to see him have success.”

“We wanted to command the backcourt and we did that. They were a different club toward the end. They were playing at a high level and cut the lead down to four. We switched to zone and that really helped us out.”

“Here at home, even when we don’t play well we have a chance to win with such great fan support. On the road we’ll have to be able to play through the tough spots and respond. We’ve already put this one behind us. It was a great win, but we’ve got to look ahead to our first road game.”

Arkansas Player Quotes

Courtney Fortson, G:

“Our big men and our bench players stepped up big tonight, and that makes a good team. When we gave the guys inside a little daylight, they threw it up and we knew they were going to score.”

“They [UC-Davis] were more athletic than I thought they’d be. I thought we countered them pretty well and were able to match up with them even though we may have been a little smaller.”

Stephan Welsh, G:

“We did a great job of executing the game plan tonight. We knew what they were going to do and what to defend and I think we did it pretty well. We stayed underneath and didn’t give up as many back-cuts as we did [against SE-Louisiana].”

“That’s a good basketball team we played tonight. They did what they had to do coming into a building like this, but like I said, we did our job a little better and were able to come out with a victory.”

Michael Sanchez, F:

“We got more comfortable covering their offense as the game went on. It’s kind of a Princeton offense, but they fast break so we had to press a little bit. We did a good job of getting back quickly. We knew they’d throw it up if they got open and they did.”

“It was a different day and a different game. I was a little more patient tonight and I think it paid off.”



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