UTA (9-5, 0-1) 65 at Coastal Carolina (7-7, 1-0) 90
Friday, December 29, 2017
HTC Center • Conway, S.C.
UTA Head Coach Scott Cross
“The bottom line tonight is that (Coastal Carolina was) tougher than we were. It started in the first half. They dominated us on the glass. We struggled to get stops. They hit shots, which is a bit part of it. When you are hitting shots, you play a little better defensively. It is harder to play defense when you aren’t hitting shots. It shouldn’t be that way. Great teams don’t do that. We aren’t there, yet. I would like to think our offense is dictated by our defense. But, right now, it is the other way around. That is not the way a championship team should be. So, that is something we need to work on. We need to grow together, as a team.
“Tonight exposed some flaws that, I think the coaching staff was aware of but, perhaps, the players weren’t. Sometimes it takes a game like this for the players to see where we need to get better. The credit goes to Coastal Carolina. They played their butts off. They had a good game plan to stop us. They hit shots. I tip my hat to them. Hopefully, we’ll be better against Appalachian State.
“We will need to improve defensively before Sunday’s game at Appalachian State. We weren’t engaged defensively off the ball. We didn’t do a good job keeping them out of the paint and we didn’t do a good job as a team of rotating. When we did rotate, we didn’t block out and they exposed us. A lot of times we didn’t do the little things.
“I think our issues that we need to resolve are all resolvable. It has to start from within from each and every player. At times, the last few games, we have been very good defensively. Not tonight. You have to pick up your energy and effort when the other team is rolling on offense.”
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