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Oregon State Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 14, 2010

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Oregon State vs. UT-Arlington
November 14, 2010
Gill Coliseum
Corvallis, Ore.

Head Coach Craig Robinson

On the transition game ...
"It is new and it is different. I'm very happy with how we handled all but the first five or six minutes of the game. It's good that we can go through that and come out with a good win. It was good to work on them in the very first game."

On the early timeout ...
"I thought I needed to call a timeout and shock them back to where they were and remind them that they put in the work and they knew how to do this. I knew we had confidence in the team and once they showed it, we were right in the game."

On the play of freshman Ahmad Starks ...
"I've watched Ahmad play since he was about eight or nine years old and as calm as you see him out there in his first division one game in college, that is how calm he has been his whole life. We weren't surprised and we were happy to see some of those shots go down. He's going to be a big part of this team."

On the game plan for Ahmad Starks ...
"I want him to do what he does best and that is to win basketball games. He's won in every level he's played at. That also means learning how to play defense like we do. I want him to just encompass the statement; I want him to help us win games. That kid has won games everywhere he's played."

On the play of Omari Johnson ...
"He's been working hard every day since last spring and only stopped working when he broke his hand. Once he got healthy he continued to work as hard as he did before. What you see is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We can rely on him."

On the turnovers ...
"We should be shooting for under double digit turnovers. To have the start we did and then show the toughness and execution, the ability to not turn the ball over and hold them to under 21 points in the second half makes this a very good first test for us."

On the hook shots by Angus Brandt ...
"Those guys put in the work. Those are the kind of shots where all you have to do is make it, you cannot block the shot. You cannot block a well executed sky hook. If he gets in his motion and do it, we all have the confidence that it's going in because he's taken thousands of those since the spring."

On the Seattle game ...
"My thoughts are you cannot view this as a revenge game. I'm going to have to do a good job the next couple of games to make sure these guys don't view this as a revenge game."

Senior Forward Omari Johnson

On the team that can run and transition ...
"We've got a bunch of young guys so we use their young legs and keep us old guys on the bench."

On how important it is to win a game like this ...
"It's important because the past couple of years it's been hard because it would have been a close game or we would have lost in the past few years. But to pull away like we did with Calvin (Haynes) shooting 2-for-9 and Lathen (Wallace) shooting 4-for-12 showed it was a good job from our bench."

On the defensive effort in the second half ...
"We do this every day in practice and it seems harder at practice than it was the first couple minutes of the game. Coach told us we don't look like how we did in practice and we realized that so we started attacking and playing as hard as we could."

Freshman Guard Ahmad Starks

On making shots after a tough shooting night in the exhibition ...
"The first game was just trying to get the pace of college basketball and get the first time jitters out of the way and now it's just time to play basketball."

On the difference from the exhibition game to today's game ...
"I told myself it's another basketball game. It's another step from high school to college, but in the end its still basketball."

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