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Northwestern-New Orleans press conference notes

Everyone was in good spirits following a blowout win.

On Sunday, the Wildcats dominated the Privateers on their way to a 83-49 victory. Led by Nathan Taphorn’s career-high 18 points, Northwestern moved to 7-2 on the season and remained unbeaten at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Here’s what Chris Collins, Taphorn and Bryant McIntosh had to say after the game.

Chris Collins

On the team’s performance: “I was really pleased with our energy to start the game. Our defense was great. It was nice to get all nine of our scholarship guys extended minutes. It was a good win. I was really proud of our bench.”

On Taphorn’s performance: “He made his first shot there and that’s always a big thing, especially when you’re coming off the bench. He’s deceptively athletic, when you saw him climb the ladder there. He can be a real weapon coming off the bench.”

On Aaron Falzon’s injury: “With Aaron now being out, that’s Tap’s role now. He’s gonna get consistent minutes every night. [He has] a defined role now.”

On Vic Law’s performance: “He just didn’t shoot well. What I was proud of was he got to the line. I thought he played outstanding defense.”

On Isiah Brown’s performance: “Isiah’s just gotta relax. He’s just pressing a bit. He wants it and he knows he’s important. He knows we need him. He needs experience he needs minutes. It’s a process for a young guy.”

On the team’s depth: “We only have nine guys. We’re pretty thin in terms of our options.”

On getting to the free-throw line: “I thought it was big so we didn’t fall in love with being a jump-shooting team. I really thought our guys did a good job in the first half...attacking the basket.”

On the team’s defense: “The defense was the key tonight. I thought we took them out of the things they wanted to do...They were getting frustrated. Our guys locked in to the game plan...We got out in transition and got some easy buckets.”

Nathan Taphorn

On his performance: “Give credit to my teammates. They’ve been staying on me to be myself...Doug Collins told me, ‘Hey, you’ve only got 13 games left at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Make the most of it.’”

On staying confident: “After that Notre Dame game, I got down on myself, and I can’t do that. Coach told me to play within myself...going into the next game [and] just seeing the ball go in really helps.”

On Falzon’s injury: “I don’t think it changes my approach. You get your mind ready when you know you’re gonna go in.”

On his tip dunk: “I haven’t seen it yet, but guys are telling me they didn’t know I had it in me.”

Bryant McIntosh

On mentoring Brown: “That’s my younger brother. I just told him to slow down, and that happens for freshmen in this game. I wanted to be the calming voice for him. He’s a great player...I think he’s just getting sped up. He’s just trying to go so fast because the game is coming at him so [much faster] than it was in high school. I told him to just let the game come to him.”

On Taphorn’s performance: “Awesome. Tap did an excellent job, especially in the first half, busting up the middle of their zone. His tip dunk was awesome.”