Feb. 10, 2005
TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty:
On Marquette's near comeback: "At our level, teams are going to fight back. I thought we showed great maturity. Although we were frustrated on offense, we played well on defense. Down the stretch we were the more aggressive team. I'm really happy that they won, and their effort was superb."
On TCU's final possession: "Our mindset was 'Let's do what we do and make them stop us.' Santee didn't hesitate at all. He made a good decision and Shrop (Marcus Shropshire) made a good shot."
On TCU basketball: "We're more comfortable running in transition. It's no secret that we do not have a conventional inside game."
TCU Guard Marcus Shropshire:
On his last shot: "It just went in. It feels good. I hope it doesn't always come down to those (last second shots), but I was blessed to knock the shot down tonight."
On making the shot after missing at DePaul: "My teammates told me to keep shooting. It fell tonight."
TCU Guard Corey Santee:
On the last offensive play: "I tried to stay calm and patient and I saw Shrop (Marcus Shropshire) wide open. It was a big shot for Shrop. Shrop is a good shooter; every time he shoots I think it's going in."
On Marquette: "We knew they were going to come out hungry, so we came out hungry."
On falling behind in the 2nd half: "We don't let anything get us down. Everybody stayed focused, stayed together and it turned out good for us."
Marquette Head Coach Tom Crean:
Marquette Guard Travis Diener:
On the game: "It was a tough one, to make an understatement. I'm not going take anything away from either team. Give them (TCU) the credit for a hard-fought victory. We just fell a little short."
On TCU: "We've had some great battles with TCU as of late. They're building a great program here. We have great respect for this team. We knew it would be a battle all the way."
On TCU: "They came out shooting the ball pretty well. I give them credit--they made more big plays than we did at the end."