Dec. 7, 2002
Head Coach Kelvin Sampson
On the win:
"The thing that I like is that we're getting better. That's the most important thing in basketball - getting better."
On Ebi Ere:
"The village idiot could figure out our best scorer is Ebi. A good team has role players. Guys have to understand what their role is. Ebi's role is to score."
On OU's defense:
"I thought the second half was the best defense we've played all year. We held them to five field goals in the second half. We wanted to come out in the second half and really be good defensively - and we were."
On next week's game versus Coppin State:
"The important thing is to have a great week of practice, a great week of preparation and get better. It's important to play better next Saturday than we did today."
Senior Guard Ebi Ere
On scoring a career-high 29 points:
"It felt good because I was hitting my shots. My teammates helped me get a lot of those shots. Quannas White hit me with a couple of assists early to help get my confidence up on the three-point stroke."
On playing better defense today:
"We had to get better defensively and that's all we worked on in practice. We just went out there and had a lot of energy on defense and it worked for us and gave us a lot of opportunities at the other end of the court."
Senior Guard Hollis Price
On making OU's first 10 points of the second half:
"The main thing for us was getting stops on defense. Quannas White did a great job of kicking the ball out to me and I was in rhythm and the shots just fell."
On adjusting to Hartford's zone defense in the first half:
"We worked on that in practice so we knew that those guys would switch a lot. I think that we were prepared to go against their man-to-man and their zone defenses and we did a great job."
Hartford Head Coach Larry Harrison
On the game:
"Going into today's game, I told my players that this team could compete for the national championship. They are very talented and athletic. We were physically overmatched and outrebounded 47-29. They are a very good team and always well-coached. They were very well prepared and running on all cylinders tonight."
On Oklahoma's Ebi Ere:
"You watch him on tape and television and see he's obviously talented. I feel like Jerell Parker is our best defender on the perimeter and he was no match for Ere today. He's just a great player and very explosive."