McCullum Locker Room Quotes - EMU

Following Western Michigan's blowout win over Eastern Michigan 87-54, we caught up with coach McCullum for his thoughts on the win. Blackout Saturday got off to a strong start with the Broncos' picking up their first win in the MAC conference this season.

Opening statement ...

"I thought our guys got back to playing what I call 'Western Michigan basketball.' Dictating defensively. We were up 9-0 and made some consecutive stops. We went into the game from an offense standpoint wanted to get the ball to Anthony Kann and Mike Williams as they had both been shooting better than 50% from the field. We needed to be efficient and get the ball into those guys early and often. I think the stats sheet reflect what our aim was and how well we executed our game plan. This front line we played against may be as talented as anyone we'll face. We had our work cut out for us from a defensive standpoint."

Talk about the second half burst after EMU cut the lead to two ...

"We did on the defensive end. We created offense from our defense. Turnovers have never been a major concern for us. Our guys to a great job protecting the basketball. Eastern having 18 more turnovers than is is a big difference. Against Central Michigan we only had 10 turnovers for the game also. We knew they were going to come out after us in the second half. I thought our guys did a great job maintaining their composure and we strung together three or four stops and converted those steals into points. It doesn't always produce points."

Disappointed in the half time score?

"We've lost our two previous games and are 0-3 in conference play so up 11 I was not complaining [laughing]. We shot only 38% but I'll take an 11 point half time lead against anybody, especially a conference opponent."

On shutting down Austin in 2nd half ...

"We went to a zone and he made a three and after that we stopped him pretty much and had some consecutive stops. I thought Terrance Slater had better starting position on Austin and we got after him and got more aggressive. We did a much better job on defense the second half."

On Robby Cullom and Ben Reed struggling from the perimeter ...

"Yes I do think they'll come around. I'm not always sure of the best way to handle that. I'm not sure the best thing is to bring attention to that even if they are missing shots. Right or wrong the approach we take is to try and build confidence. The only think we don't want to do is take bad shots. Robby took two bad shots the second half and I pulled him. We just want guys to take the shots they take in practice and feel confident."

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