Second-half surge leads MSU past UT Tyler men


MSU men’s basketball head coach Justin Leslie

On the key to holding UT Tyler without a field goal for 10:30 of the second half:

“We’d been trying all game just to get a stop on the defensive end on the ball because they were just driving us. We had to keep them from shooting in the paint. We were trying to get them to shoot from the zone between the paint and the three-point line. They were getting to the teeth of the defense and driving on us way to easy and once we finally cleaned that up they went dead in the water. I was so proud to see us respond with the defensive effort when we were down.”

On efficient shooting on the offensive end during the game:

“I would like for us to have gotten more shots at the rim. Late we started getting some and we got ourselves down there. We finished 55 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three. This is a team that forces you to make a decision – are you going to pass it around the perimeter and shoot contested three’s or are you going to be tough enough to get to the teeth of the defense, get to the paint for kick-outs or finish in the paint?

On four players finishing in double figures:

It was a team scoring effort but Elijah Lee stood out tonight. He only made five shots but they were timely and he had five assists and led us in rebounding as well. It was a complete game for him and I was so proud of his effort and what he brought to the team. He did a good job against the press of letting the play develop and pushing the ball up the floor.”

UT Tyler men’s basketball head coach Louis Wilson

On 10:30 second drought without a field goal in the second half:

“We took some bad shots and stopped moving the ball offensively. We were very effective early in the game moving the ball and driving the ball. We missed some easy shots at the basket, did not respond real well to physical play and it got very physical for us around the basket. We didn’t respond by finishing those plays. They didn’t do anything different. Both teams played more zone and we don’t shoot great so we’re going to have stretches like that. We were a house of fire in the first half but we only shot 47 percent and that’s just who we are. We’re just not a great offensive team.”

On performances of Ty Glover and Darius Alford:

They are our two best guys with pure talent. Ty has scored consistently all year. Darius is finding himself a little bit but he’s got a lot of talent. He’s a young guy who can score the basketball. Ty Glover is an elite athlete and he’s really long. I would like to see them both be more consistent shooting the ball from three-point range. Midwestern did a great job against both of them of getting multiple guys to cover the ball and they had to make the play for somebody else. Those two kids are our two most physically talented kids on the offensive end of the floor.

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