After the Houston game on Saturday, the general feeling in the locker room was much more positive, which is a nice change when compared to the past week.
"The biggest thing I can say is that we never quit," Chase Budinger said. "When everyone thought we lost the game we just kept fighting, kept knocking down shots."
Jordan Hill echoed Budinger's sentiments about the effort the Wildcats put in.
"We just never gave up," he said. "We just kept fighting. We were down nine or ten with a minute left and we just kept fighting. When Nic knocked down that unbelievable three to send it into overtime, we got together and knew we to fight hard and finish it off."
Of course, much of the focus revolved around Aubrey Coleman's flagrant foul on Budinger, but Budinger actually believes that the foul helped the UA in a way.
"He stepped on part of my face and part of my shoulder," he said. "I still have a little bit of his shoeprint on my jersey. It was without a doubt deliberate. The charge happened four or five feet in front of me and he walked over and kicked me in the face.
"I think it helped us out a lot. It definitely helped us. It got our team going, but it got their team going too. The crowd got really into it. Playing at home we were able to feed off the crowd, they gave us a lot of energy. It kind of shifted the momentum to us, even though we were down by 12."
At the end of the game, Budinger was definitely aware that the Wildcats need to use the win as a stepping stone for the rest of the season.
"The coaches were very proud of us," he said. "They proud of the way we fought. I hope this gives us momentum and we can carry it over to the next game, and even the rest of the season."
As for how it felt from a coach's standpoint?
"It was an incredible win," he said. Saturday's game was a great picture of what happens when you don't give up. It was a great team effort."
Being positive nice change
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