U-M/Charlotte - Postgame Quotable

John Beilein, Nik Stauskas, and Jordan Morgan discuss Michigan's 63-61 loss in the finals if the Puerto Rico Classic.

Michigan Coach John Beilein: “Well, another March game played in November. Charlotte was really good; I was really impressed with their personnel and defense. They played a terrific game. Pierri? Henry did a great job on Nik Stauskas. He’s a really, really good defender. I think he’s one of the best defenders in the Atlantic 10. We’re embracing this and saying, ‘What a great opportunity to grow?’ We had adversity tonight like we hadn’t had, and we just kept plugging away, it’s all good. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s all good to come into that environment, play as hard as we did and fight back to have a chance to win.”

“We had two starters out for most of the game. The first two fouls on Caris (LeVert) were a tough break for us, then Glenn (Robinson III) goes down, then we can’t make a shot. Here’s what I like: I like that Zak Irvin didn’t stop shooting even though he couldn’t make a shot, because he hit a huge one for us late and in the first half. So these are all things that I see positive from the loss.”

Jordan Morgan went in there and played his tail off. He had five offensive rebounds, he worked so hard. He had a big bucket for us and made two huge foul shots. I’m really happy for him becauase finding playing time with Mitch in there is tough.”

“I don’t know if I’ve seen a better offensive rebounder in all these years. That kid (Willie Clayton) is unbelievable, number 21, Clayton.”

Michigan Guard Nik Stauskas: “The injury was tough, especially defensively, because they noticed it real quick and whoever I was guarding just started running around a bunch of screens. It was definitely difficult just to move around and put pressure on them, I was kind of limited.”

“We had to play solid defense, I think our big helped up a little bit and the guy (Terrence Williams) got an open layup. Luckily he missed it, but we couldn’t capitalize on a rebound and he put it back in on the buzzer.”

“We were right there at the end and gave ourselves an opportunity to win; it just didn’t work out for us.”

Michigan Forward Jordan Morgan: “We just take one possession at a time. We know it’s a game of runs and they’re going to go on their run, but there was a lot of time left. We just take it one play at a time, one stop at a time so we can have a chance at it.”

“I thought it was going in, I just wanted to be there in case the free throw did come off, and it did.”

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