March 7, 2012
East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Well, I am just really proud of my group. That was an unbelievable game that went back and forth. Luckily for us, we had enough at the end. Erin (Straughn) and Darrius (Morrow) were terrific and had a big game for us. We shot the ball pretty well from three and that was something that we needed to do to win the game. We had some big defensive stops coming down the stretch. I thought that was very big." "Rice has a very good basketball team and they play with a lot of energy and passion. I thought that our rebounding was big today, too. We have struggled rebounding the basketball (throughout the season), but today, we had some key offensive rebounds. (Maurice) Kemp had some and Erin (Straughn) had some boards that kept us alive, in crucial times, to win the game."
On scoring 20 second chance points
"Well, typically we are not a team that is a big offensive rebounding type of team. They (the ECU players) were very active on the glass tonight. Erin (Straughn) is an excellent rebounder, and he made some big ones. (Maurice) Kemp had a few that were on the rim, and he turned those into dunks. They were active on getting to the glass and they utilized their quickness to get there. That is a stat that, usually, we don't win. We haven't won that (stat) a lot, this year, because we aren't very big."
ECU senior Darrius Morrow
On the keys to being successful against Southern Miss
"We will just have to rebound. They are a good team, and they really rebound the basketball. They are really tough, so we are just going to have to look past this win (over Rice) and get ready for tomorrow."
Rice Head Coach Ben BraunOpening Statement
"To me the big difference in the game was the rebound margin in the second half. We obviously took care of the ball better, we only turned it over two or three times which is a pretty good number, but the rebounding margin specifically in the second half spelled the difference for us."On the rebounding difference
"We shoot over 50 percent from the floor, and in so many ways we played well enough to win this game, usually when you shoot 52 percent for the game and almost 50 percent from the three, and I guess free throws probably hurt us a little bit down the stretch to but rebounding was the most significant thing. When they take 24 threes we have to go out and rebound."