March 8, 2006
GAME 2: (11) Southern Miss 66, (6) Tulsa 61
Southern Miss Head Coach Larry Eustachy
"Our team has been really close all year long and really overachieved as much as any team I have ever had under the circumstances with guys playing out of position (almost all of them). We have not been able to finish games a lot this year. It was a great feeling for me to see our players finish the game and get a win. I was excited for our guys. It was a lot of hard work tonight and we quickly have to put this one behind us."
"We remind our guys to play the game and challenge them to step up. We need to turn the corner, which we did, and be the tougher team down the stretch. This was really a physical game and I really liked the way the game was refereed. The refs let us play, which was a pleasant change and not many guys fouled out. Both teams played great and we were fortunate to come out ahead."
"We made plays down the stretch today. I am not so sure it has been us all year as much as the opponent has made some great plays and where we played them. I thought this was the most mentally-tough we played down the stretch and I think we learned from a lot of mistakes we made throughout the year. We have stayed with teams throughout the year and got some big rebounds and made some big stops."
Southern Miss Player Milton Ambres
"I just came out with the mindset to execute as best I could and was basically just trying to help our team win. I was just trying to win."
Southern Miss Player Courtney Beasley
"The practice pays off (and after practice) in shooting free throws. You try to get in these situations when the game is on the line."
Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik
"It was a close, hard-fought game. Southern Miss was very resilient today. They really shot the heck out of the ball in the first half and did a great job. You knew they'd come down a little bit. We were resilient; they were resilient. We took a nice lead, and then they came back in the last six minutes and beat us. Give them all the credit. Unfortunately, today we just didn't get it done. We didn't have enough contributions from enough people."
"(Chris Wallace) played great. It may have been his best game that I've coached. He had 17 points, 5-for-5 at the line and drove the ball. He had a quick step to the basket which is really nice. I thought he ended his career on a high, high note."
"They beat us on the glass. They out-goaled us, but we shot 45.5 (FG), 38.5 (3-pt), 72.7 (FT) for the game. They just beat us on the glass, and to be honest with you, that's just hunger, desire, toughness and a will to win. Five of their 16 offensive rebounds were team rebounds. A couple times we'd be on track to get the rebound and fall out of bounds. I thought they just gutted it out, and that's all effort-related issues."
Tulsa Player Anthony Price
"It's very disappointing. You want to always end your season on a high note. To go out and try to play your hardest and then come up empty feels terrible."
Tulsa Player Chris Wallace
"We never wanted this to be our last game. We fought hard, but at the end of it, they just wanted it more than us. As seniors, we look back and we got to encourage the younger guys to realize their situation and next year when they have this opportunity to take advantage of it."
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