Postgame Quotes - Barry

The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team opened up their 2004-05 season under first-year head coach Frank Haith with an exhibition game against Barry University. The Hurricanes prevailed 73-55 at the Convocation Center in front of a crowd of 1,272 people. After the game Haith spoke to the media.

Opening statement:

It feels good. I thought early in the game our kids missed some easy shots and we didn't convert and we got a little tight. Trying to get our guys to play with poise and continue to play. I thought we stopped running and doing things we do. For the most part I thought our defense was good throughout. The only thing is that we gave up 14 offensive rebounds—that is one area we did a poor job at. We out rebounded them, but we cant give up 14 offensive rebounds. There were a lot of good things out particularly Guillermo and Rob got it going in the second half making some plays.

On a player that was a bright spot:

I thought Anthony King was a bright spot off of the bench. He came in and he was live even in the first half when Gary Hamilton and William Frisby struggled. They are a tough team to play because they put so many people in the lane. They don't really come out and guard you—they come out and guard the ball, but they keep everybody back in the paint. That is good for us to play against a team like that. It is tough to get the ball in there and when you do there are a lot of people around him. When King came in there I thought he did a great job of making some plays.

On if playing a Division II school gives a good indication of how good the team can be:

I watched Kentucky last night play Northern Kentucky last night and they were only up by two points at the half. These teams are great to play instead of the all-star teams. This is a team that is an experienced ball club within a system. They play a style that you have to play defense for 30 seconds—which is good for us. We may play a couple teams that play like that.

On the transition game opening up more in the second half:

It did and we went out and ran. We were real tentative getting into our offense and even when we were slow with what we were trying to do. We got much better at that in the second half. When we didn't have anything in transition we were sprinting to our spots into our offensive set. In the first half when we didn't get anything in our secondary break we stood around a little bit. We got much better at that in second half.

On Glenn Batemon only playing four minutes:

This was a tough game for Glenn because of their size and how they were playing. They were basically playing five-opt motion. It is tough for Glenn because he had to guard out on the perimeter and their guy could shoot the ball. He did a nice job when he got in there, but he understands this was a tough match up for him. We have to get Glenn out there to see what he can do because there are going to be a lot of games he will play in.

On the performance of Anthony Harris, particularly early in the game:

Anthony had only one turnover and that is something we really focused on with him. He had four assists, one turnover, and 11 points—I will take that from him every night. I was extremely pleased with him.

On plans of playing a three guard lineup throughout the season:

I do. If that is what we have we have to continue to use that to our advantage throughout the season. There are a lot of teams within our league that play three guards. We really don't have a small forward within our program. We are going to have to go with what we have.

On playing the young players, particularly Raymond Hicks, more:

He is going to get more time. I thought with the way the game was played and the way they were playing. Even though it was an exhibition game I wanted to make sure we won the game. Not to say he couldn't have helped us win the game. I just didn't want to put him in a tough situation. We have to get minutes out of all of those guys to see if they can help us.

On the three-point shooting:

We were 11-of-23, I'll take that every night. A lot of that had to do with how they played. They didn't let you get inside. You have to make shots they give you because they didn't give you any inside.

On improving in certain areas:

We have to get better as a team. Every day our mindset has to be about improving as a team. We have to have that focus every day in practice. We had a couple days last week that I felt we took a step back. I think we know we have to have that mindset every day in practice. I was very pleased with our effort particularly on defense. I saw a lot of good things.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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