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Colorado, Gonzaga Quotes
Release: November 23, 2009
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Associate Head Coach Steve McClain

On the game

"It became a back and forth game. When they got it back even, it was you have to score or they are going to score. I thought (Gonzaga guard) Matt Bouldin was going to try to win the game for them and he made a big shot. Yet I thought our guys made some big shots, stepped up and made some big plays. It was a battle. It was Big 12-type game out there. Like I told the kids, I walked out of the locker room for the first time since I've been at Colorado and felt like our kids believed we were going to win that game. At halftime, I knew they were going to come back. That team isn't where they are at because they quit. I knew they'd come back and be even, and we would have to fight. But I give our kids lots of credit. I thought we showed passion. I thought we were prepared. They made a shot where we didn't. We had a couple turnovers, but again, that's easy to say when you're sitting on the sideline. Give them credit, they found a way to win and we didn't."

On Colorado's performance

"We love our young players. (Cory) Higgins is going to be a really good player. Alec's (Burks) going to be a very good player. Again, our young players looked like they belonged out there. They weren't intimidated by it. Alec got a couple charges that I felt could have gone either way. But you know what, I know this: you expect your team to compete and leave it all on the court and I think our kids did that. We got a nice run going early, our kids kept their composure and got up, yet you knew they'd come back. I think Cory knows he's got help out there and it probably came down to one play. We pushed it, we had Casey (Crawford) wide open here, but the ball goes in and out. If we go up three it might have changed the whole thing. But he at least shot the ball like he believed he was going to make it and you live with the misses. I'm not going to fault our effort. We played like we believed in CU today."

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