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WSU players after UTEP


JOSH HAWKINSON

How did you attack their defense with such success?

We felt like we had to penetrate into the middle and once we got the ball in there, we collapsed the defense where we could kind of find open shooters on the outside. Like you said they weren't too good of a 3-point defensive team so we tried our best to exploit them on that.

Did you expect to play so much zone defense?

 Our coach said we're going to mix it up a bit. Just throw in some different things at them whether it was the halfcourt press, full court press, the 2-3 or the man. Just to throw them off.

CONOR CLIFFORD

Did Ernie Kent draw up a lot of plays for you today?

Coach is running a lot of plays for me, but a lot of it's on the guards. They were hitting me, getting me on my groove with good passes and spacing for me to do my thing. Thank them first.

DERRIEN KING

Did you think you were going to break out today?

Nah I didn't not at all. My teammates just did a really good job of finding me when I was open and coach had a lot of confidence in me.

Are you comfortable putting the ball on the floor?

 Yeah, a little bit. The coaches want me to rebound and go from the 3-spot, so once I got going I got a little bit more comfortable out there.

Did you know you were going to get more minutes?

 Yeah, I did. All the coaches except Kent kind of gave me a little insight and stuff that I was going to get some minutes and to be ready.




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