ISU 77, Michigan 70: Quotes

You see students outside Hilton Coliseum in tents, and that tells you all you need to know

Quotes from Fred Hoiberg, Melvin Ejim and Geoges Niang

Ejim (22 points, nine rebounds on 8-for-14 shooting) on his return:

"It was really up to the coaches and docs. We were thinking I might play, but not sure, and it was kind of like a game-time decision."

"My last go-round, Great group of guys and I wanted it to be special. To get back and play with these guys, and enjoy the games and play with them was my motivation."

"[Sitting on the bench] would've been crazy, I probably would have went and changed at halftime."

On his big three-pointer, the only one he attempted, that tied the game 62-all with 7:08 left in the second half:

"Michigan was sagging off me for a while. I was kind of feeling it, so I thought, Why not? I've been working on my jump shot. I ended up taking it and it went in. It was good. He was sagging off, so I took the shot."

Niang (10 points and six rebounds on 4-for-8 shooting):

"This is huge for our program, for our fans to see our team winning like this. This is huge for them, to camp out all night and to see this, it's awesome for our program and I'm excited for things that are in the future for us."

On his early struggles:

"Foul trouble, I was just getting frustrated out there."

Hoiberg on the significance of the game:

Today was huge. ... [Last night] you see students outside Hilton Coliseum in tents, and that tells you all you need to know. ... The excitement of the national-runner up coming into our building and having the opportunity to test ourselves."

"I can't tell you how proud I am of how the guys responded to the adversity that hit us out there. ... They stayed together. that's something you stress when you play a great team like Michigan, they go on a run."

"Naz [Long], kind of the forgotten guy in this game. To go out there and score 16 points in that game, I'd say those Canadians are pretty darn good."

Michigan coach John Beilein

"Iowa State, a tremendous atmosphere. Fred has done a tremendous job. Good team. I like what he's been able to do, find these nuggets all over the place; fifth-year college guys, junior college guys, great to fit pieces in the puzzle."

"Very good team. You had a good team last year, there's not much of a drop-off right now."

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