Maryland-FAU Postgame Quotes

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Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon

Opening Statement:

“I thought Florida Atlantic played great. They’re much better than their record and they’ve had to play a lot of games like this on the road. You can see that there is a lot of fight in their team. They made a lot of shots. The starting point guard [Marquan Botley] is shooting 26 percent for the year, and he made four threes today. We had a couple stretches where we could have put it away, but we missed layups and free throws. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well and we shot a little to quickly in the first half. With that said, we’re coming off an emotional win, a game we had to win Thursday. We didn’t have a lot of time to prep and our bench at the guard position wasn’t as deep as I needed it to be. Our guys played a lot of minutes and it showed today. In the end, it’s a good win. We had to execute down the stretch and we made some nice plays as a group. It wasn’t our best effort, but we did what we had to do.”

On if he was concerned about the quick turnaround:

“I knew they were good, but I gained a lot of confidence in my team on Thursday night. We continue to practice hard, but we didn’t really have to time to practice here for this game because we were worried about legs.  I was very confident even though I knew FAU was a good team. I told our guys it was going to be a hard game. At times it could have gotten easier for us. We could have built that up 12, 14, 16 points, but we didn’t do it. Give them credit, they made some tough shots and played with energy. I was concerned, but I had a lot of confidence.”

On Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell’s offensive performance:

“A lot of them were layups and things, but they finished. To get 20 points out of those two is good. We haven’t had that this year. Shaq’s defense was pretty good and Charles’ defense was better. It’s good to see those two play well and play physical. “

On the shot selection in the first half:

“In the first half, I wasn’t [happy]. We had some open looks early in the shot clock that we missed. We also made some tough shots early over hands, so our guys continued to shoot them. We talked about all the positives in the locker room. Winning is hard in college basketball. It’s not easy. We have to be much more unselfish on both ends on the floor for us to be a better basketball team. We talked about that.”

Sophomore forward Jake Layman

On his success from behind the arc:

“I mean shots were just falling today. We did great on offense and moved the ball around on their zone well.”

On the fatigue from playing two games in three days:

“It’s definitely hard to play two games in three days at this level, but we played through it and got the win. That’s all that matters.”

On coming back from the ACC opener to play a non-conference opponent:

“That Boston College win was a pretty draining win for us and we put a lot into that game, but coming into today we knew we were going to have to grind it out. They were a great team. We know they are 3-7, but they’re better than that. They’ve lost to a lot of good teams by 5 or 6, so we knew they were going to be tough.”

Sophomore forward Shaquille Cleare

On short turnaround:

“Last year we beat Duke and fell to Boston College at home, and this year we beat Boston College. We stayed strong and came back and executed. Coach told us to get some rest. Then we came to the gym and had a really light walk through, some film, and did some recovery for our bodies. We are a mature team and we know the rest our bodies need.”

On Jake Layman:

“We just need him to keep working hard and be the dominant player we know he can be and keep his confidence up. He’s going to have a good season."

On offensive rebounding tonight:

“When we played Boston College, Coach told us we really needed to start rebounding offensively. Five of my rebounds tonight were offensive rebounds. I just hustled and got the ball.”

FAU Head Coach, Mike Jarvis

On what the team got out of game:

“We got a great experience. We came to one of the premier schools in the country and we gave them all that they can handle. We scared them out. At times, we played pretty good basketball. I think we improved as a team, even though we went 0-2 in this trip. However, I think we go home a better team than when we left. At this stage of the year, that’s what you want to do. You want to get better and play good teams, so you can find out who can play and who is going to compete. We found out a lot about ourselves.”

On how this performance helps the team in the future:

“I think our future is pretty bright. We will have our starting center back next week. In the meantime, this is a tough trip. You play Thursday in Chicago, and then you travel on Friday, and now you’re playing Saturday afternoon. This is all with very little turnaround time. To come out and play with a lot of effort and enthusiasm like the kids did, as a coach, I can’t ask for much more.”