Dec. 31, 2003
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
"We never panicked. I thought Cornell outplayed us for 38 or 39 minutes, but when the game was on the line we executed. The experience of [overtime losses at] Minnesota, Akron and West Virginia paid off. You have to have a little luck, and we've been unlucky. The worm finally turned. We lost Palmer in the first half and McAllister down the stretch and were still able to pull it out."
On having Jimmy Tricco shoot the final 3-pointer:
"Its like coaching Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds, you let your hitters hit and you let your shooters shoot."
Duquesne guard/forward Jimmy Tricco:
"One thing I like about coach Nee is that he sticks with you. When the game is on the line, I want the ball in my hands. That particular inbounds play we hadn't run all game. It was designed to pop two of us [along with Higgins] outside for a 3-pointer. We struggled throughout the game. We missed a lot of shots, but we stuck with it. Jack Higgins gave us a big boost in the second half. We kept our confidence in one another."
Duquesne guard Jack Higgins:
"We've had so many close games. We've been there before. We just had to pull it out, to dig down at the end."