Bulls Forward McHugh Mattis:Started off slow, but went 6-8 from the free throw line, 7-11 on field goals, ending the game with 20 points. He also had seven blocks with five rebounds, even though he was in foul trouble most of the night.
USFNation: Last year's game went into double overtime. What was different in this overtime that caused you to pull out with the win this time?
Mattis: "We rolled it through and we played a little smarter. Then the first half I think we committed a lot of turnover in first half and then we picked it up"
USFN: In the 1st overtime you didn't have a lead. What pushed you guys to take it off like that in the 2nd overtime?
Mattis: "We just wanted to get it done, we just bowed our heads told every to go out play hard, take it a possessions at a time."
USFN: As well as you guys played the first two games, the first half was a rough stretch for you guys…was there something that turn around the game or that got you guys playing better basketball?
Mattis: "I think Amu, Solomon, and Buckley helped me in the first half because I didn't do so good, and coach got on me about and pick it up the second half."
USFN: Solomon played 46 minutes with no turnovers and hitting the big free throws that he did?
Mattis: "Just big plays."
USFN: What was it like playing that long with four fouls?
Mattis: "It's hard…I was trying not foul but I mean I had to make plays I had to go get some, keep jumping and try to block shots…but I was kind of playing timid."
USFN: Do you think a couple time you picked up that fifth one?
Mattis: "Not really…I was trying to keep him in front but after he beat me I knew I couldn't foul out but coach told not foul out… keep moving my feet"
USFN: On two occasions you rebounded over the guys back…It kind of hard to do that with those fouls. How did you do that?
Mattis: - "Just trying to make plays when we are down."
USFN: What did coach tell you guys at halftime?
Mattis: "He just told us to that it is a hard fight and just keep our head up."
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