Postgame Quotes
Central Michigan vs. Detroit
December 18, 2010

Central Michigan Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Ernie Zeigler

Opening statement:
I'd like to say congratulations to Detroit, Ray McCallum and his program. They came in here and totally dismantled us. It's extremely frustrating. We're embarrassed, and we're back to square one. We are extremely soft. We are an extremely soft team right now, mentally and physically.

On what positives can be taken from the game:
I thought Andre Coimbra tried to show some fight. Hopefully that's something we can build on with him. He's one of the few guys right now that I would say has a fighting chance to be in the starting lineup for the next game. I think that's one of the small positives. I thought Trey was really aggressive for us, and we're probably going to have to look to play him at the point guard spot. Those would probably be the two positives, in terms of just fighting to the end and battling.

On Detroit freshman guard Ray McCallum:
McDonald's All-American, big-time player, dominated his position as a freshman. That's what big-time players do.

Freshman Guard Trey Zeigler

On CMU's offensive performance:
We really struggled to score both halves. They switched up their defenses a couple different times, threw different things at us, and we struggled.

On playing against Ray McCallum:
It was fun at first until he started kicking my butt. He had a great game. I wish the best for them. We've got to get better.

On getting to the free throw line 13 times:
I haven't really gotten to the line as much as I'm capable of doing. That was something I definitely tried doing today, just being aggressive, being on the attack.


Detroit Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Ray McCallum

Opening statement:
We had as good of a week of practice as we have had all year long. That was really encouraging for us to get a great effort for 40 minutes. That's what I'm proud of. We had a very solid first half, but the way we closed out the basketball game was the best we've played all year long.

On Detroit's post play:
We wanted to get post touches and start playing an inside-out game. We felt like that would open up the perimeter for drives for Ray and threes for Jason (Calliste). I think we have the potential to have a balanced attack with post-ups and with guys that can slash and drive and with three-point shooters.

Freshman Guard Ray McCallum

On playing against CMU freshman guard Trey Zeigler:
It was a lot of fun. That was actually the first time we've actually played against each other in a real game. On the court we weren't friends. We just battled and wanted to help our teams win. I'm just glad we came out on top and got the win.

On stopping CMU's runs defensively:
Every time they scored we wanted to get the ball out of the net and push it up the court to try to get an easy transition bucket or throw it inside. I think it really worked, and we just wore them down by doing that throughout the game. Every time they missed a shot we capitalized on it by getting the rebound and taking off.

On CMU freshman guard Trey Zeigler:
I think he played a great game and he has a good team. I think he's great for Central and really helping the program. Hopefully he can get them to the NCAA Tournament. I wish the best of luck to him.