USI senior point guard Lawrence Thomas, on what happened when he and KWC’s Lucas Barker collided on the sideline: “We were both running to the ball at full speed and I guess he mistook the ball for me. It (the collision) was like a Mack truck running into me. I caught all of it.”
Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne: “We’ve got to learn to play to win. We had it down to three points and we turned it over twice.
Osborne on USI senior forward Taylor Wischmeier: “I like Wischmeier. He has tremendous basketball savvy. I really like how he plays.”
USI coach Rodney Watson on his team’s defense on KWC guard Lonnie Hayes, who came into the game averaging 37.5 points but was held to 16 points on 5-18 shooting, including 2-for-6 from 3-point range, and only 4-for-4 at the foul line: “Manny (Ogunfolu, 6-7 USI forward) really did a nice job on him because of his length.”
Taylor Wischmeier on USI’s defense on Hayes: “We keyed on him. We put length on him and that allowed us to control his penetration. Anytime you can hold a 30-plus-point scorer to 16, you’re doing a pretty good job.”
Lawrence Thomas on opening the season with a win at KWC: “We were thrown into the fire quick. To come in here in a hostile environment, we knew it would be a dog fight no matter what. We handled their runs and tha’s why we came away with a win.”
Odds and ends:
Points in the paint — USI 30, KWC 28. Points off turnovers — KWC 24, USI 5. Second-chance points — KWC 12, USI 10. Fast-break points — KWC 12, USI 4. Bench points — KWC 24, USI 15. Attendance — 2,800 (which would have been close to a full house at USI but looked like a small crowd at the Sportscenter).