Postgame reaction from UConn’s win over UCF

A sampling of some postgame reaction after UConn won its first American Athletic Conference game with an 84-61 victory over the University of Central Florida in front of 9,561 Saturday night at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie

On being able to put a team away after taking a second-half lead:

“When we had a chance to knock a team out, we knocked them out. We didn’t let them back off the ropes and into the middle of the ring again. We knocked them out, and that’s what we want to continue to do when we have teams on the ropes.”

On the play of Amida Brimah (20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Phil Nolan (8 points, 5 rebounds) at center:

“Amida just had a terrific game … I can’t ask for anything else. And then Phil came in and played a great game, a backup role, but a great game. That’s what we’re going to need to have.”

UConn freshman Amida Brimah

On having a breakout game:

“It was a team effort. Everybody is running our plays hard, so they always have to help and when they help I get wide open. From a couple of practices ago we’ve been working hard on feeding the post a lot. It definitely helped us.”

On what’s more fun, blocking shots or dunks:

“Blocking a shot.”

UConn forward DeAndre Daniels

On UConn’s inside play:

“We just tried to establish our rebounding. If we did that, we knew we had a chance of winning games, so that was our main focus.”

William Paxton