TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Postgame quotes following Maryland's 58-57 win over Alabama in the NIT quarterfinals Tuesday night.
Head Coach Mark Turgeon
"Obviously that's a great win for us. We know Alabama's a good team. I think they've won 12 or 13 at home. They were undefeated in the SEC [at home] and I thought the crowd was fantastic. I thought it was a high-level basketball game - intense - two teams really defending and playing hard. The team struggled a little bit offensively. We turned it over, they missed some shots that they might normally make, but in the end it was a great game. I'm just really proud of my guys. Our last three road games - we won at Wake Forest, we lost in overtime at Virginia and now this one - and we've been talking about trying to get a great road win. To get it in postseason, against a team that I thought should have been an NCAA tournament team with 12 wins in the SEC, is just a tremendous win for us. Our defense was spectacular all night and Dez [Wells] was at a high level early. Alex [Len] was at a high level the whole game, and then Pe'Shon [Howard] hit a big three and Jake [Layman] hit two big threes for us. Then we just held on. I don't like just holding on but this time of year any win is a great win."
On how big of a "growing up moment" this win was for his team:
"It's big and to hold on and get it is big. It's hard to win in college basketball and this time of year is really hard. For us to do that, we had a lot of guts. We had a lot of guts defensively and it was good to see. And to do this without Seth [Allen] - Seth's been pretty important to us - and he's one guy that could have taken a little bit of pressure off, helped us in the press and he could have broken down their defense a little bit. So we had a lot of guys step up and play well for us. And we knew if we lost, we were done. If we won, we didn't play for a week. So we played guys a lot of minutes, especially in that second half. I thought we stayed pretty fresh throughout the game. A big game - a big win."
Freshman Guard/Forward Jake Layman
On how his big second-half three pointers helped down the stretch:
"It gave us a boost. Six quick points helps a lot whenever, so it was good to have."
On team's "growing up" on the road:
"We needed a key road win and tonight we got it."
On executing the press so well:
"I try to be long and get steals and deflections whenever I can, and it's working out well for us right now."
On motivation of playing in Madison Square Garden:
"We know the history behind the place and how special it is to play there and who's played there, so it's going to be awesome."
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