PEORIA, Ill. - IPFW men's basketball coach Tony Jasick spoke with The News-Sentinel following the Mastodons' 65-61 victory at Bradley on Tuesday.
Here is what the third-year coach had to say on a number of topics:
On the victory over Bradley:
"The overall body of work was pretty good. I thought late in the game we were rewarded for playing the game the right way.
"We did get a ton of fouls and tonight was a depth win. We've got pretty good depth. I thought that our depth was a major key to us winning.
"If we don't have guys like Mo (Evans), Joe Reed, and Luis (Jacobo), if those guys don't come off the bench and give us something, when your first, quote unquote, first five guys get in foul trouble, you are in deep trouble."
On the play of guard Isaiah McCray:
"Ike is a guy, who in year three, is embracing who he is. He embraces his strengths. He's a huge, huge contributing factor to our success - or lack there of it - if the opposite is the case.
"He's a great guy to have on your team. He makes winning plays and he's becoming a valuable member of our team on the offensive end of the floor, as well. He's not just a defensive guy, which he was the first year-and-a-half."
On the play of guard Pierre Bland:
"I feel bad for Pierre that he only has this year (to play). Last year was kind of screwed up with him being hurt for most of the year. This is the Pierre that we kind of saw at the beginning of last year.
"He just kind of controls everything. Tonight, he didn't have one of his better games. It was probably a career-high in turnovers (four) for him. But, he just runs your team.
"It doesn't matter who he communicates with, everybody on our team buys in. He's like the ultimate point guard. I hate to put cliches out there, but he kind of is that guy for us.
"When there is a huddle at that end of the floor, and the staff is on the other end, there are no worries about what's being said. He's got it. He's a critical element of our team."