UMES Postgame - Brunner, Horner

Jeff Horner and Greg Brunner talk following Iowa's victory over UMES. Read their comments in this premium transcript.

Greg Brunner

Q: The purpose of the tournament is to get down to Kansas City, but you're probably saying you can't overlook Colgate, but how exciting would it be to get down to Kansas City?

Greg Brunner: The teams that are going to be there, I don't know what's panned out so far on the other side of the bracket, but the teams that are anticipated being down there, it's going to be a great tournament. I'm looking forward to going in there and just competing. If we can get down there, it's going to do nothing but help the program. You're playing against top-20 teams in the nation, it's just going to make your more successful at the end of the season.

Q: Talk about your performance on the offensive boards.

Brunner: Doug and I have a little bet going against each other (about who gets the most rebounds). I think Doug got me tonight, it's something I don't want to happen a lot more. I can take it every single game. If he's going to rebound like that, it's going to help our program. It's just one of those things where a couple of balls bounced the other way and I didn't get my hands on them, that's about all about that.

Q: You seem to be having a lot of fun, even when you missed the dunk, you came up smiling.

Brunner: Oh, that hurt too. I think I already have about 5 or 6 messages on my phone making fun of me. When you miss it that bad, I don't know. I'll watch it on tape, but I can't really say anything more to that, it's embarrassing.

Q: Did Doug make up for that?

Brunner: Yeah, I told him, "Thanks for picking me up." That's what he does real well.

Q: Coach mentioned Tony's pass, does he do too many passes (off the backboard)?

Brunner: I heard one of the coaches go, "NO!" then they all started cheering after they made it. Tony's been known to throw a few wild passes, but it got through and it looked good.

Q: How important is it to stay focused, everyone's looking forward to Kentucky and Texas?

Brunner: We're playing a great team, they're very disciplined, they're going to come in and battle us, make us win playing great basketball. I'm looking forward to going against them, their program has a great reputation and I think they're going to have a successful year this season.

Jeff Horner

Q: (On Doug Thomas' dunk)

Jeff Horner: I'm just not that flashy, I guess. That was definitely an exciting play, something we'll remember for the rest of our lives, I'm sure.

Q: Talk about the plusses and minuses in this game.

Horner: I thought we played really well defensively, we stayed up in them, Coach probably could have taken a few more charges, but that happens. It's the first game, we got the jitters out now, I thought our bench played really well and I think that helps in the long run.

Q: You guys had a lot of energy on the defensive end.

Horner: Yeah, we didn't like the way we came out against Wartburg in our exhibition game, and coach got on us a little bit. We definitely had to step it up and that's what we did.

Q: Is it hard not to look forward to maybe the Texas and Kentuckys of the world?

Horner: It's easy not to look forward. We're not going to look forward this year at all, we're going to take it one game at a time. I know it's a cliché, but we definitely have to do that and not look forward, because Colgate's going to be a pretty good team tomorrow.

Q: Can you talk about the continuity of the starting 5 out there, how comfortable you guys are feeling out there?

Horner: Very comfortable. We've played together for so long now, it feels like we've been playing together for about 10 years and we've played together throughout the summer and stuff like that. We're used to each other, everyone knows where everyone's at. I think once we get everything going this season, I think we'll be alright.

Q: How would you grade your defensive performance tonight?

Horner: Like I said, I should probably be taking a little bit more charges, but if I had to give us one, I'd probably give us a B or so. It was pretty good overall, I thought, but Coach wasn't too pleased with taking charges because they left their feet a lot, and we probably could have gotten a little bit more.

Q: (A question on diving after balls, getting on the ground)

Horner: It's finally nice to play a real game, one that counts. Everybody wants to go out there and do their best. Playing two exhibition games, we knew it didn't count against our record and stuff like that. Coming out and finally getting to play a real game and this being the senior's last (season), everyone was pretty pumped.

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