Maryland-Providence Postgame Quotes

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Maryland-Providence Quotes

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

On the winning the Paradise Jam championship:

“We gutted it out. This is a big win for our program, a big feather in our cap for our program.  We beat two really good teams (Northern Iowa and Providence) in consecutive nights.  We were really focused and determined.  We made some big plays down the stretch in both games.  I am really proud of our guys.”

On Evan Smotrcyz:

“He played with lots of confidence and made some big shots.  He got us going in the first half of the game tonight and we were able to build a big enough lead to hold on.  He had a strong offensive game against Northern Iowa and made some key shots and rebounds for us tonight.”

On Dez Wells:

“We like to have the ball in his hands. He did a great job protecting the ball tonight. Dez is so strong and made some key drives when we needed a score.  I am really happy for him.”

Junior forward Evan Smotrycz

On the win:

“Our goal was to win a championship and we are excited that we were able to get this done.  We played well defensively and had some key buckets on the offensive end.  It is huge anytime you can win three in a row and three games in four days.  I am proud of how hard we fought. If we lock in defensively, we can beat anyone.”

On Dez Wells:

“Dez made some big baskets for us down the stretch.  He was huge, especially when we were struggling to hold on. He made some very timely baskets to lead us to a win.”

Junior guard Dez Wells

On the win: 

“This is a great step in the right direction to build upon.  We need to stay hungry and continue to compete as hard as we can.”

On what Coach Turgeon told him after he picked an early second foul:

“Coach (Turgeon) has been telling me not to put so much pressure on myself. Don’t overthink.  He has helped me relax and I think that has helped me.  We needed to win these games. We wanted to win a championship and I’m happy we got the job done. 

On the MVP Award:

“I just wanted to win the tournament.  This award is a by-product of my teammates and their hard work, commitment and dedication.  I am just happy that we came out on top.”