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UCLA vs. Shanghai Jiao Tong - Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/27/2012

Aug. 27, 2012

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UCLA 72, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 31
Postgame Quotes

UCLA head coach Ben Howland
on UCLA's win against Shanghai Jiao Tong
"I thought we played really well in the first half at both ends. I was really pleased with how we shared the ball. One thing that has come out of these two games is our great unselfishness by everybody. We even got to the point where we were over passing, which is a good problem to have. We had guys doing a great job sharing the ball and giving themselves up for the team. Everybody wants to make the good pass. I'm pleased about that. We did a better job staying in front of the ball tonight. In the second half, we weren't as good. We had too many turnovers there in the second half. Part of it is that we had a 30-point lead. But this will be a much better challenge for us tomorrow with an opponent that will really have a chance to beat us."

on freshman guard Jordan Adams
"He played great. I changed the starting lineup and tomorrow we'll change it again. But he was really fired up because he felt bad about just not shooting well in the last game. He did other things well. But today, he played very good basketball. You'll see that he's going to be a very good basketball player."

on freshman guard Kyle Anderson
"Kyle has a great feel for the game. His challenge is going to be defensively, being able to guard people. Tomorrow is going to be a good challenge. Offensively, he's just so good with the ball. He makes all the easy passes that you just take for granted, but they're so important. He's a very good facilitator of the basketball."

on Tuesday night's game against the Shanghai Sharks
"I don't know anything about them. They were here scouting us tonight. I primarily expect man-to-man because that's they've shown in the past, but we'll see there. They are a good team and they've got size. They have length and they are going to execute. They are well coached.

freshman guard Jordan Adams
on sitting for over 60 minutes during a pregame ceremony
"Yeah, that's tough because normally we just come to the gym, warm up and play. We were warming up, waiting for an hour, and then coming out and warming up before actually playing. That takes a mental focus. We just couldn't wait to get the game on."

on UCLA's strong ball distribution
"It's actually been pretty good. People were passing up open shots. We had some open shots, but the unselfishness that we've shown so far this season has been pretty good."

on his effectiveness early in the game
"It felt great to knock down my first shot, because in my last game I struggled, going 4 for 14. So, I wanted to get that out of my mind and prove myself again. I felt that I could keep going. Since I was hot, my teammates just kept trying to keep feeding me. We wanted to see where that went."

on the loud crowds in Beijing and Shanghai
"I recognize it, but I try not to feed into the crowd. One minute they'll cheer for you and the next minute they're cheering for the other team. It can be pretty funny. They love us and when they see our team, our players, they act starstruck. I actually was the first person to walk out on the court tonight, from our team, and they all started to clap and get really hyped."

on Tuesday's game against the Shanghai Sharks
"Honestly, I think it will be a tough game. We've had two games that weren't very close, so it will be good to have a tough game playing the hometown team in their arena with their fans. I'm definitely looking forward to it."

junior forward Travis Wear
on UCLA's ability to distribute the ball
"It feels awesome, playing on a team where all of our guys are looking to pass first and shoot second. And it's not even to make the superstar pass, but the easy pass. Hitting an open guy, it's really nice to play all these guys right now."

on the loud crowds in Beijing and Shanghai
"It's awesome. They really love basketball out here, and they've been embracing our team. They're just so excited for us to be out here and to watch us play their team. It's an awesome experience, and we're just loving all the love that we get from the fans and the people out here."

on Tuesday's game against the Shanghai Sharks
"I'm excited to play a professional team out here. The competition is going to be very good, so I'm excited to get out there and play against that team."

sophomore guard Norman Powell
on the experience of playing in China
"It feels great, the chemistry both on and off the court this year. You can tell that it feels like a closer unit, more of a family and more of a brotherhood. We look out for each other on the court. And off the court, we're hanging out and really getting to enjoy each other, especially since we're here in China. This is a new environment, being here in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. It's a great feeling to play basketball with these guys and get to know them off the court on a more personal level as well as a basketball level."

on his familiarity with UCLA's program as a sophomore
"I feel very experienced and within myself. I felt like I came into my own at the end of last season. I feel much more confident, just playing my game and playing with these guys. They help bring my confidence up. We're an unselfish team, so the ball will find you. All we have to do is play the game the right way, and we're going to have a good year."

on his excitement at returning to Pauley Pavilion in November
"We're very excited to open up Pauley. That's the talk that comes up almost every day with our guys. We can't wait to get back in there. As a sophomore, it's going to be my first chance to play in there, to practice in there. Other guys like Tyler [Lamb] and Josh [Smith] and the Wear brothers know that it's going to be a great place for us. It'll basically be like my first game at home. It's going to be great to have all our fans and our alumni back in there to support the team."



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