TCU-Rice Postgame Quotes

Jan. 4, 2012

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TCU 78, Rice 74
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Jan. 4, 2011
Attendance: 3,972
TCU HEAD COACH Jim Christian
On playing well during the game’s final stretch:
“In the last 3:27, which is almost the exact same time as the previous game, we guarded better. It was just more grit and toughness out of our team. We executed on offense very well. We really improved tonight in that situation.”
On sophomore forward Amric Fields’ last-minute defensive rebound:
“He hasn’t gotten that rebound all year, so for him to go do that was a huge improvement. That’s what you have to do to win games. There are going to be a lot of last-minute games the rest of the year, and that’s what you want going into conference play.”
On back-to-back close games:
“I felt that this was a very good Rice team, and that it was like a conference game. Tulsa also felt like a conference game. All these games that we’ve played are getting us ready and are putting us in positions where we have to get better.”
On his late 3-pointer that gave TCU the lead:
“It felt good. I missed a shot previously. Coach (Christian) had drawn me up a shot earlier and I missed it, so I was feeling bad. He always talks about moving the ball and sharing the ball, and that opens it up to everybody. It could have been made by anyone other than me.”
On his last-minute rebound:
“What I thought was really more important that any of the shots I made was the rebound. Coach has been on me so hard aboutrebounding and I’m not really known for rebounding, so that’s really good.”
On the difference between the Tulsa and Rice games:
“We made it a point to lock down at the end of the game. We know that (most of our game) have been close, so by us lockingdown at the end of the game it allowed us to get the win.”
On the difference in the game:
“We obviously found ways to score in the second half. If we make some free throws we probably put up 50 points in the second half. That was definitely good enough to win most basketball games, but we have to knock down shots. It was a much-improved half for ball security. We got out to their shooters, and they had one 3-pointer in the first half and that was at the buzzer. Then they turn around and get six more [in the second]. Those things alone are what made the difference in the second half.
“We did miss some free throws and turned the ball over, and seemingly every turnover led to some transition points for them. That’s part of basketball. You can’t turn it over because that can lead to a fast break, and you can’t foul because that will lead to free throws. We just have to do a better job in the second half and get the stops we need when we are up by a couple points. We’ve got to secure leads by knocking down free throws.”



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