Western Carolina Head Coach Mark Prosser

On What the Difference Was in the Game

“The game hung in the balance around the 14-minute mark of the second half and we were able to fight, claw and defend and stayed in the game. During the next stretch we had the self-fulfilling prophesy of what’s been going on throughout the year…missed free throws, missed a couple of shots, turnovers, things of that nature. We couldn’t make the game-winning plays when we had the opportunity and they did and once things started snowballing in the direction of winning the game for them, they started to make some shots and it became contagious. That’s how they were 7-for-10 from the 3-point line.

On Chattanooga’s 7-for-10 3-Point Shooting in the Second Half

“It was plays to be made. It was plays that were on our end we didn’t make and plays on their end that we did some things that they took advantage of. We just didn’t get enough stops. When a team shoots 54 percent from the field and 70 percent from the 3 in the second half it’s hard to win no matter who you’re playing. We’ve got to get better, we’ve got to do a better job of getting stops int eh second half."

Looking Ahead to Saturday’s Matchup against Samford

“They have good players. Going to ETSU and going into overtime is hard to do. ETSU has a very good team and it’s a very difficult place to play. Samford has a good record and a guard who is one of the best in the league and they’ve surrounded him with good players. They have guys who can make plays. It will be another difficult test for us. We have a short turnaround here to try and make it happen. A lot of it is about us, about how we prepare over the next couple of days and we’ll be ready for them.”