American beat Navy 71-63 to improve to 8-6, 2-1 in the Patriot League. Head coach Mike Brennan and senior guard Larry Motuzis spoke postgame. See below for full video and select quotes.
On pulling out the win
They fly through the offense…they work well, they get good shots, then they go after every single offensive rebound. It was a hard game, I thought we bounced back a little bit, they shoved us around a little bit, but I think we responded as best as we could, right now.
On Navy’s physicality
They play so physical. Their effort is off the charts - on both ends of the floor; so, for us to hang in there with them and get the win was a big step for us.
On inserting Stacy Beckton back into the game with 6 minutes left despite his 4 fouls
His offensive instincts are good. He can make a shot, he knows where to throw the ball, he understands how the game works, so having him in there on offense is helpful.
On YY’s injury
He’s injured, I don’t know exactly how long he’ll be out. I’ll talk to the trainer and the docs – we could have used him tonight though. We’re going to need him going forward, so hopefully he won’t be out too long.
On the team's mentality early in conference play
Win. We know we’ve got to play together, play strong, tough, and play defense. We’re capable of beating any team in this conference.
On his game-ending dunk
Sa’eed threw me a great pass, and coach always talks about finishing strong, and I think that was a strong finish.