Northern Illinois / Western Michigan Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes



Jan. 6, 2007

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Northern Illinois [70], Western Michigan [68]

January 6, 2007 -- DeKalb, Ill. - Convocation Center


NIU Head Coach Rob Judson


"This [win] was a real blessing for us today.  I'm happy for our players who have persevered and stayed together through a tough period.  We said we were starting 2007 0-0 and now we're 1-0.  We stayed focused on our goal to play the best we can one game at a time. 




"Over the last couple weeks, we've talked a lot, I've watched a lot of film.  The one thing we never do is look back. 


"Mike [McKinney] has been playing more and more consistently and more focused every day.  It was fun to watch him operate out there.  He made good decisions.


"If you've seen us over the last couple of games you know that turnovers is the biggest key for us.  I think we had 10 in the first eight minutes of the game today, but only four over the last 32 minutes." 


NIU F Shaun Logan


"At halftime, we talked a lot about one of the most important things in basketball and that's having heart.  We had to find what we we've been looking for in ourselves.


"This win means a lot as far as our confidence and to get the first win in the MAC season.  It will help a lot going forward."


NIU G Mike McKinney (career high 28 points)


"It was just like you were a little kid back on the playground, where you are counting it down in your head.  Everyone is cleared out and you have to make the last shot."



WMU Head Coach Steve Hawkins


"With six seconds, even if we did have a timeout, I don't think we would have used it.  We got the ball to our point guard and he got the shot off.


"What hurt us today was our lack of defense on ball screens.  We didn't handle ball screens well.  NIU, coming into today, was not a good three-point shooting team.  Logan was 2-of-16 for the season and he hits three today.  McKinney is a 34 percent three-point shooter and he hits 4-of-5.  That was the difference.  Neither of us did what we usually do [from three] and that was not in our favor.  We didn't shoot the ball well today.  We had looks that we usually hit. 


"We had the opportunity to put the ball game away in the first half and at the beginning of the second half if we had continued to defend.   The more we were unaggressive defensively, the more confidence they gained. 


"At the first media timeout of the second half they had cut the lead from seven to four and the game was on.  We had a dogfight to the end. 


WMU C Joe Reitz

(on NIU's Mike McKinney) "He killed us all game long.  He had a tremendous game.  I tried to come out and play hard just like I do against any defender." 

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