The POST: Kent State Post-Game Quotes

Want to know what was said in the post-game press conference after Marshall's 82-70 loss to Kent State in the MAC Tournament? Here's the quotes from Marshall and KSU players and coaches. For GoHerd.com club members only!

Marshall coach Greg White:
"We lost to a very good basketball team tonight. They played very well down the stretch of the game. The difference in the game was at the free-throw line and I thought that we played really hard and competed. We certainly had our chances, it was a three point game late Monty Wright missed a three in the corner and they got to the line a bunch. I don't know what the team fouls were, but they weren't close. To their credit, they deserve the win and we wish them the best."

>Do you think that you rushed 3-pointers late in the game?
MU's Tamar Slay:
"Yeah, we came down on the break and pulled up for some threes. But that's our game; we have played like that all year. Coach has never told us not to shoot, we should have slowed it down but we didn't and we lost."

How does Antonio Gates change the way you have to play defense against Kent State?

MU's J.R. Vamoose:
"He doesn't really change anything; he is just out there. He has great guards around him that make him the player that he is. He doesn't do anything special. When you have Trevor Huffman and Demetric Shaw out there creating stuff by driving to the basket and they pitch it out to you and you're wide-open, I hope you can make that shot."

Talk about the shots that you were making down the stretch.

MU's Tamar Slay:
"We called a one-on-one clear out and I was able to take my man and knock the shot down. I do them type of moves all the time, in practice and shooting around. Kent made some big shots down the stretch and I can't really comment on how that happened. You have to give them guys credit, Kent has a good ball club and I wish them the best of luck."

Talk about how emotional the season was.

Marshall coach Greg White:
"It's been an extremely emotional season. For me personally it's been a tough year and for our team it's been a tough year. We lost six games by five or less points, with just bounces of the ball. Today's game was a bounce of the ball because it was a lot closer than the final deficit. A couple of weeks ago people doubted if we could make it here and we did. We closed out the year with a .500 record, but it's not a losing record. I try to see the glass half full. It's great to be alive. I just call it like it is; it's great to be alive. I'm proud of J.R. and Tamar, they have had some sensational careers as well as Latece. Hopefully we can get William Butler back with the appeal. It doesn't end here, we will be back. We have the top recruiting class in the MAC and we aren't going anywhere."

"I wish Kent the best and hope they get in the NCAA tournament. If they don't get in the tournament it would be an absolute crime. In my opinion they are the second best Mid-Major program next to Gonzaga."

Kent State coach Stan Heath:
"I'd like to give Marshall a lot of credit. They have had a lot of adversity this year. Greg did a tremendous job of getting his troops back together. They have been very good late in the year. In the first half they really wanted the game and you could see it. They were hungry and very focused. In the second half I thought we did better at taking away their good looks at the basket."

KSU's Trevor Huffman: "I really love VanHoose and Slay, they are some of my favorite players that I consider friends in this conference. I know them guys are pretty down right now, but they did a great job. They were playing well early and we just had to come out focused in the second half."

KSU's Antonio Gates:
"We weren't expecting VanHoose to make the jumpers that he was making. He is a tough player to defend."


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