Aaron Nelson on his 31-point, 11-rebound performance (breaking his previous career-high of 23 points set Nov. 24, 2012, against Philander Smith): “They played man-to-man on me, so I had to be aggressive.”
Lawrence Thomas, who hit the game-winning shot, about his still wearing a bandage over the cut above his right eye: “I had to have four stitches. And, boy, it’s going to hurt to take off that bandage.
Taylor Wischmeier, on USI building a 14-point lead that almost ballooned to 17 points with 14 1/2 minutes left in the game: “Ben (Jones) just missed a 3 in the corner. I thought if he’d hit that one, it would have been over.” On Lake Erie sinking 13 3-pointers: “They ran some really good stuff. They set a lot of good screens away from the ball.”
USI coach Rodney Watson, on winning on a last-second shot: “It’s all 50-50. Next time it’ll be totally different.” On why USI fell behind after leading by 14 points: “We got tired. They (Lake Erie) are a grind team. That means they make people play defense and wear you down.” On Lake Erie’s future: “I’ve got to believe they will win a bunch of games in the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).”