From the shooting prowess of Malachi Richardson to Tyler Roberson's break-out performance on the boards, the Syracuse Orange had a lot to be positive about in their postgame press conference following a win over the Dayton Flyers. Here are the most notable quips.
On Richardson stepping up like he did and leading the team with 21 points:
"Malachi did a great job in this game. He played aggressive, he got in the lane and he just made plays for us when we needed 'em." - Michael Gbinije
Roberson was a force to be reckoned with on both the offensive and defensive boards. He ended up with 18 total rebounds, one shy of Derrick Coleman's record of 19. All three on the mic had a lot of praise for Robie.
"Our rebounding was tremendous today, Tyler was great. (We) Eliminated second shots and opportunities and that's what 's hurt us (before)." - Jim Boeheim
Boeheim also reiterated just how important Roberson is to this team's success:
"...We need him to be consistent, and it's really a huge key for us to be able to do that (rebound). I thought he did a good job offensively, he moved and screenedand was doing some other things. In the half-court defense, he was helping. I thought he was tremendous tonight. We didn't shoot the ball real wel, but we got rebounds and opportunities off of those rebounds and we got to the foul line..."
One of the best quotes of the night, and the most popular, was when Cooney and Gbinije were asked if they had seen anything about the team not deserving a place in the Tournament. Boeheim answered instead:
"Anybody that said we don't deserve to be in doesn't know basketball... they were just trying to be cute."
After a slow start in the first half, Syracuse got things going, mostly because of their ability to get second-chance shots, and take away the same from Dayton. Boeheim, Cooney, and Gbinije said it themselves when they were asked about how they were able to do what they did, especially in the second half.
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Up next, the Orange will face No. 15-seeded Middle Tennessee State (!!!) this Sunday.