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Players, coaches offer take on Air Force game

Published: February 15, 2014, 10:05 pm, by Brent Briggeman

There were more compelling quotes after Air Force’s game at No. 5 San Diego State on Saturday night that made it into the normal story and notes. Here’s a little extra:

Air Force’s Max Yon, on the fight the team has shown, staying close against San Diego State and in many games that looked as though they would turn into blowouts:

I think my freshman year and last year we had teams that really would have just folded and that lead would have gone to 20, 25, 30. Here, this team really has some fight in it. Once we get some more experience, some more wins at the end of this year and going into next year we’re going to be able to close out games.


Air Force’s Kamryn Williams on the value of this game, played against a top-10 opponent in a sold-out arena:

There’s definitely no moral victories in this game. At the same time we can get a lot out of this. We gave everything we’ve got to try to win this game.


Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich:

We’re good enough to win some games here. We’re good enough to get to Vegas and surprise some people.


San Diego State coach Steve Fisher on defending the Falcons:

Air Force is a difficult team to guard with their back cuts and movement, but I thought for the most part we did a really good job on that. We did a good job on their key play (Tre’) Coggins. He had 29 points on us in the first meeting, and we did a really good job of making it hard for him to get good, clean looks. That was a huge piece of what we needed to do.


Fisher on Air Force handling the full-court press:

We almost got them, and we didn’t get them. I’ll have to go back and look to see how many scores they got out of the press. We do that after every game. Against Air Force ath their place, we pressed them 18 times in the first half and forced six turnovers, but we didn’t socre on any of the six turnovers we faced. SO I don’t know how many baskets they got off of it, but we also wanted to burn a little shot clock, not allow them to push the ball up the floor and run their movement offense for 30 seconds, but for 20 seconds. That’s also what the press allowed us to do.