Dec. 29, 2012
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On the height difference
"We knew it was going to be a problem. They play five out, and they are not in any hurry to shoot the ball. They just pass, pass, pass, pass, pass. We knew it was going to be a problem. We made some mistakes on defense of helping off when we shouldn't have off a three-point shooter. That was mental mistakes. We were chasing smaller players... ten three's. We got zero, and they got ten; that is tough. We knew that was going to be a problem. We couldn't go small in terms of the lineup because I don't have anybody. We don't have the ability, I had to play Allen [Crabbe], Tyrone [Wallace], Justin [Cobbs] a lot of minutes; you saw two people cramp up and that is something that probably shouldn't happen. If I put Jeff [Powers] in on the four that means there is no relief for any of the perimeter guys. We would've probably gone small and played four out. We needed a couple of guys in that situation who hadn't been in that situation before to produce a little more.
"For Ty to play that many minutes and not score any points at all was tough; put a lot of pressure on some other people. For Robert [Thurman] the size thing should have helped us out more on the offensive end but we couldn't get it in. We actually thought that we could attack them more. Statistically, they are one of the poorer teams in the paint because they aren't very big but we couldn't take advantage of that and that was really tough on us."
On the end of the game
"We had an opportunity late. We had a stop but couldn't rebound it which meant we had to foul. We had two possessions where we turned it over. With the ball down by one we tried to run the ball down the floor, didn't have it. It wasn't a good choice by me on what we ran when the ball went out of bounds, and we turned it over. We had our chances."
On Richard Solomon, who left the game
"I don't know [if he is ok]. I have so many guys sitting in there with ice on stuff, I don't really know. He got elbowed in the eye. He had a deal in Europe two years ago where he got hit in the eye and he was probably a little more sensitive to it."
Junior guard Allen Crabbe
On the slow start
"We started off slow. They came out ready to play and we didn't. They went on runs a couple of times and we had to play catch-up. We made plays but then they made bigger plays. We made some shots, but then they got shots. We couldn't get a defensive rebound when we needed it so that forced us to foul to get them to the free throw line and he scored both of them. You've just got to give them credit."
On the game plan
"Our game plan was to try to stop the shooting, but obviously we couldn't contain them, so we didn't do a good job at that."
Junior guard Justin Cobbs
On the game
"It didn't have anything to do with pressing. We had a game plan and we didn't execute it. We didn't want to let the open shooter shoot, and obviously they got a lot of threes and we didn't execute the game plan well."
On the lack of threes
"We didn't take too many of them. We only took six. Sometimes the buckets fall and sometimes they don't. You've got to do other things in order to be effective on the court."
On Harvard's Siyani Chambers
"He plays tight. He's smart too and he knows how to use his body. He used that to his advantage.
Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On the Game
"It was a sensational win for the program. Coming in here after traveling for the holidays, playing against an outstanding basketball team, I thought our kids did a magnificent job. They showed a great deal of poise and composure. We finished the half very well so that gave us a shot going into halftime. We are very excited about how we played for the first twenty minutes. We kind of thought that they had some gallant plays and they tied it up. I was so pleased with how they played. In a situation like this three things are important: concentration, composure, and confidence. I thought all three of those words could be used to describe the boys this evening."
On the three-point shooting
"I see that we had thirty-seven percent. I am surprised that we took as many as we did, but we had them. I am disappointed that we didn't shoot it better, only thirty seven from three. Laurent's [Rivard] three there at the end, that gave us the lead, was obviously a huge basket. Siyana's [Chambers] penetration and his ability to find people was sensational. It was just a sensational effort by our kids."