March 1, 2008
Northern Illinois Men's Basketball 2007-08
Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan
March 1, 2008 - DeKalb, Ill.
CMU Head Coach Ernie Ziegler
"First thing is we're all in situations in our daily lives when you have to deal with what you have to deal with and for us it's basketball. But we got into DeKalb last night and your heart can't do anything but go out to the community, the faculty, staff and students at NIU after what they've gone through this past month.
"In terms of the basketball game, you have to get back to real life. I'm proud of the fact we were able to establish ourselves on the road when dealing with the emotions of senior day.
"These are two teams, two programs both in the process of rebuilding and establishing ourselves and a level of toughness. You had two like approaches. Although the game was physical, it was not dirty. You had two programs, two squads that really wanted to win.
"Marco [Spica] is a very gifted offensive player. He's struggled with being able to do more than score. He was extremely efficient offensively today."
NIU Head Coach Ricardo Patton
"This was a tough way for our seniors to go out on senior day. For the most part we battled, we had opportunities and we squandered most of those opportunities at the free throw line. We missed 16 free throws and they only missed seven. I thought that's where the game was lost. I thought our guys gave tremendous effort.
[On Jake Anderson]
"There's quite a bit of improvement in several areas that he has to meet before he becomes the player he wants to be. Especially to be a point guard. The best point guards don't turn it over. He's strong, he can drive to the basket, he rebounds extremely well from that position. He's not the best defender on the ball, he's not the most vocal leader, but the sky's the limit for him. He's shown the ability to [rebound] and that speaks to his toughness. He's bigger than most guys he's guarding at the position. That's what you need from the wing guys. He's instinctively doing what a wing player does.
[On the Shaun Logan-Nate Minnoy altercation]
"We have to learn as a team to play with passion, intensity and emotion before we get popped in the mouth. We want to do that from the opening tip, not wait until we get popped in the mouth.
NIU Senior F Shaun Logan
"This is the last home game I'll have here and it's coming down to the last game. I felt comfortable taking the floor with the other seniors, there was a lot of emotion going on. I was a little sad but a little excited.
"We definitely could have been better throughout the game, when anything happens like that [the fracas between Logan and CMU's Nate Minnoy], both teams are going to get going a little.
[On the free throws disrupting the flow of the game] "It's a little hard but you have to get used to it because that's going to happen in basketball during the course of the year. It gets us out of the flow of the game, but that's basketball."