OU-West Virginia Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 05, 2014

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“I thought West Virginia did a great job in the first half of knocking us on our heels a little bit. They were more aggressive, more physical, quicker to loose balls. I thought our guys did a good job in the second half of fighting back and doing what they had to do to put themselves in the position to have a chance to win a ballgame, and just didn’t quite get it finished. Good ballgame, disappointing loss. Again, West Virginia did the things it needed to do to win in the end.”

On if the team’s considerable travel issues affected their performance:
“I didn’t see any effect of that. These guys are young and they just love to play, so I didn’t see that that had any effect.”

On West Virginia’s Eron Harris finishing with 28 points despite have two at halftime:
“He made big shots. Terrific player. Terrific shooter. Got in a little foul trouble obviously in the first half, and that slowed him down a little bit. We didn’t slow him much in the second half. He had some looks and he stepped up and made shots and obviously a big one there to tie it late. Just a really good player, and he had a really good game.”

On not calling a timeout after Harris’ game-tying 3 late in regulation:
“We had such good rhythm and flow through the last four or five possessions, we just said, ‘Let’s let it go.’ We obviously didn’t get the shot we wanted out of that, and if we had to do it over again we might make a different decision.”

Freshman Guard Jordan Woodard
On how the team got back in the game in the second half:
“We just had to come in during halftime and refocus. We felt like we weren’t dictating anything on defense, and they got a lot of open looks in the first half. It’s hard to play from behind the whole game, especially on the road, so we had to fight back to get back in it.”

On being able to penetrate the paint:
“Coach had the bigs set a lot of ball screens at the top so I could get into the lane and really create for my teammates, but always just taking what the defense gave me, whether that was a layup or me kicking it to a wide-open teammate for a shot.”

On the team’s travel issues:
“It was pretty tough having to travel and having to keep thinking about where we were going to end up, where our next destination was. But the coaches and us as a team kept telling each other we had to stay mentally focused and concentrate on the game. We knew we were going to get here eventually, and whenever we got here, we were going to keep it between the lines.”



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