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    Feb. 24, 2007

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    Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey Quotes

    On Notre Dame's comeback...
    "We got back into it with the help of our sixth man, the home crowd. They give you some juice."

    "We did a very good job in the first ten minutes of slowing them down and keeping them out of our lane."

    On the play of Notre Dame...
    "That was one of your BIG EAST street fights. Our guys kept swinging and digging and clawing. We had a lot of guys making big plays for us. We are very comfortable here [at home].

    "We never backed down, we never got distracted by peripheral stuff and that's a sign of a mature group. They understand the task at hand."

    On Notre Dame's home winning streak...
    "I told the seniors that they can hand the streak off to the younger guys and they can work on it next year, but we won't be back here this year."

    On the play of the Notre Dame freshmen...
    "In the first pickup game in June, we said that those guys are going to help us right away. They are not freshmen anymore if you think about the game and the minutes and starts that they have had."

    Notre Dame Player Quotes

    Senior G Colin Falls

    On setting the Big East record for career three pointers...
    "I didn't even know how many I had tonight. It's a cool thing, but I've taken a lot of threes and I've had a lot of great guys to play with. I'm proud of it, but I have to keep the bigger picture in mind."

    On coming back strong after falling behind early...
    "With all the senior stuff, I think it can be a distraction. I think maybe for the first few minutes it was, but we were able to settle in. We started defending, and we were flowing offensively. We just got a pretty good rhythm."

    On how foul trouble affected the game...
    "It was such a physical game. Both teams were in foul trouble. Both me and Russell had two in the first half. You had to be careful. It changed the game a little, just because a lot of guys were in foul trouble."

    Freshman F Luke Harangody

    On his game-high 22 points...
    "I threw up a couple lucky ones, probably, and I was kind of feeling it there for a second. Coach had put a lot of confidence in me, so that was nice too."

    On preparing for the seniors' last home game...
    "[We wanted] for them to end with an undefeated season. It's a great legacy to leave on for us next year. We knew coming into this game that we were ready for it and we came out and played well, especially on the defensive end, to get the win."

    Freshman G Tory Jackson

    On dealing with Marquette's rapid pace in the first half...
    "We just had to get adjusted to it. We knew they could run, but we just didn't know how fast they were going to come at us. We got it under control, and that's when we started executing also on defense."

    Marquette Head Coach Tom Crean Quotes

    On Marquette's weaknesses...
    "We didn't do a good job on low post defense, no question about that. But I think we had to mix and match after that stretch in the first half. The complexion of the game changed; it became a very physical game. We were a little too physical. We had too many guys in foul trouble. We had trouble getting into our rhythm. The Notre Dame freshman, Harangody, had some big plays as well."

    On Marquette's goals for the remainder of the season...
    "We want to go home and really shore some things up. We need to work on our defense; we had to zone a lot more than we would have wanted, and that was certainly just to keep people in the game. We have to become more efficient on our offense and do a better job blocking out."

    On the BIG EAST...
    "In the BIG EAST, it's hard to differentiate between levels of play and levels of games. They all feel like big tournament games, and this one was no different."

    Marquette Player Quotes

    Sophomore G Dominic James

    On the play of Notre Dame's Luke Harangody...
    "I thought that that was one of the key points to our loss. He did a great job. He gained a lot of confidence after each bucket he made. We probably weren't as physical with him as we needed to be."

    On the game's emotions...
    "I thought we kept our poise. It's an emotional game - this rivalry has a lot of tradition behind it and things like that. We knew it was going to be a battle."

    Sophomore G Jerel McNeal

    On Marquette's foul trouble...
    "We had a lot of guys playing with three fouls in the second half. A lot of guys, including myself, picked up an early fourth foul. Anytime you have to dig into your bench like that and just try to scrap to stay into the game, it messes up your team's rhythm. It was going to hurt us a little bit, but we definitely could have done a lot better job defensively and that would have slowed those guys down and gave us a chance to have a shot there at the end."

     

     

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