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Killeya-Jones Said Team Learned They Can Finish Games

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On how this will prepare them for Kansas …

“Today is a game we really needed. It’s good that it was a close game because we got to learn how to play down the stretch, finish the game out and play together. It was a good game.”

On what they learned about themselves today …

“That we can finish games. We also learned that we can’t come off flat in the second half and can’t lean on a lead too heavy because they can go away quickly. You know, just playing together and finishing strong.”

On stepping up to the free-throw line and hitting big shots compared to last year’s struggles …

“I, personally, was just happy to make my free throws today in general. I know I am a very capable free-throw shooter, but I’ve just been kind of slumped so far this season, and I guess a little bit last season. Y’all know what my numbers were. I was just happy to get to the line and knock down some free throws like I should be doing and keep that going.”

On how good it feels knowing they can win when their backs are against the wall so early this season …

“I mean it’s great to get this win, like I said earlier. It is just good to have this experience for these young guys and to know how things get when the game gets close – the game is on the line, how the refs are, how the crowd is, how the other team reacts – it’s all just a good experience.”

On how he has earned Coach Calipari’s trust this season …

“Just doing what he asks me to do: rebounding, defending, doing the things that don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet but just playing harder and playing with effort.”

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