TCU-UNLV Postgame Quotes

Feb. 14, 2012

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TCU coach Jim Christian
On senior Hank Thorns
"The guy had a great game tonight. He made some huge plays tonight once he got going. He's a great player and an accomplished player in my mind. Being from Las Vegas, this game was close to home for him. But it wasn't about that, he wanted to beat the right team at home."

On freshman Kyan Anderson
"He also played a great game tonight. He had only one turnover and he's playing really well. He hit some big shots and some big 3s. Most importantly, he's become such a much-improved defender and doesn't get beat on the ball anymore."

On his team's rebounding
"We had 19 offensive rebounds, it was just sheer determination. That was one of the things we emphasized coming into the game tonight. With UNLV, we had to get back in transition because they are so good at running the floor and moving the ball. We had to neutralize them on the backboard."

On his pre-game message and the team's performance
"I told our kids that we had an opportunity to come play and win this game. When we were down in the huddles during timeout, I knew they were coming back by everything that was said. Everyone who stepped on the floor played hard. Our kids were resilient and made huge plays. If you are a TCU fan and you weren't here and missed it, you missed one heck of a game tonight."

On how TCU was able to win this game
"You can't beat UNLV unless everyone who steps on the floor plays their `A' game and plays hard. They made some phenomenal plays and I'm so happy for our seniors who have had opportunities to win games and finally came away with a big win."

TCU senior guard Hank Thorns
On having a big game against his hometown team
"It feels great. I was overwhelmed. I might have dropped down about four times. I had to
just go sit down and cry. I had to go find my dad because I was just so overwhelmed. I'm proud of my guys. Everyone stepped up tonight and I think we should feed off this and not let this moment slip away."

On how TCU staged its second-half comeback
"We just had to keep playing defense and play together. That's been our message. We're not worried about what happened on offense. We're just worried about what happens on defense. We can always control what happens on defense, but you can't control if the ball goes in. So that was our focus."

On his night shooting from the field
"I was hot. I can't explain it. I shot it like I normally shoot it. I tried to cool myself down. I blew on my hands, but I stayed hot. God blessed me with a nice performance and I'm happy."

UNLV coach Dave Rice
On a tough road game
"A lot of credit goes to TCU. They were terrific. We got them down a couple digits in the second half and they kept playing. We knew it'd be a very big game. Offensively we were very good, especially for being on the road and defensively, for the entire game, we didn't have it for being on the road."

On TCU's improvement
"TCU has a vastly improved team that can play big teams. Jim Christian has done a lot. It was a painful loss for us tonight. We'll go back home, take tomorrow off and come back get ready for the next challenging game."

On the performance of Hank Thorns
"We made some shots but, at the end of the game, nobody can guard Thorns. He's a great player and we caught him on one of his on days."



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