Nov. 14, 2007
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UWM head coach Rob Jeter on the win
"I thought tonight we showed a lot of poise and a lot of character. Being down by 17 in this environment is tough, but these guys really stayed believing in themselves. You can learn a lot from games like this and I think we learned a lot about our players tonight."
Jeter on wearing down Ball State
"I thought it played a factor. We tried to use our substitutions on offense and defense and just tried to keep guys fresh. The guards that Ball State has - they put a lot of pressure on you attacking. I just tried to my best to keep my wing players fresh and make sure they (the Ball State wing players) had to keep making tough jump shots. Fortunately for us, they missed a few of those crucial ones. And, again, their legs might have been a little tired and I thought we were able to be a little quicker to the ball late in the game."
Jeter on his advice to his team at halftime
"Well, we were 1-for-13 from three and I didn't think any of the 13 were particularly bad shots. They might have been some quick threes, but not particularly bad shots. And, as a coach, you can say `let's just keep pounding it inside.' I just did the opposite. I just told the guys, "We're going to win the game by making open shots. You guys have to believe they are going to go in, you have to take them, don't pass them up and we have to believe in each other.' To go 8-for-16 in the second half was essentially what we needed to do, because we were going to get some open perimeter looks."
Jeter on Ricky Franklin's game-tying three
"I though the poise of Ricky showed, knowing the guys are going to get back on their heels and guard you around that three-point line, so you know you are going to have to pull up and just shoot a little deeper. You can't screen, because they won't switch, but you just have to get a shot off. Rick shot an air ball prior to that, and then we put the ball back in his hands and he had to make a shot. I thought the poise and the confidence really came through."
Jeter on Paige Paulsen stepping up
"He's a senior. He has been through a lot in his career. I have total confidence in all of my guys, particularly Paige. For him, it is just a matter of just being confident in his outside shooting. Paige is definitely capable of making outside shots. But I thought at the end, when he took it to the basket and made those shots, too, that just shows the toughness I am happy to see out of our seniors."
Franklin on his game-tying shot
"Coach just drew it up. He told me to bring it up and just shoot. I had missed the one prior to that but I didn't get down on myself. I just came back and hit the shot."
Paulsen on the advice he got at halftime
"Actually, in the locker room, coach gave me all of the confidence in the world. He told me to find my open shot and said he would take me out if I didn't shoot it. I have to respect him for that because he let me keep firing."