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LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Listen and read postgame interviews with Roy Williams, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Deon Thompson following Wednesday's 102-87 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame in the finals of the Maui Invitational.

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ROY WILLIAMS, TYLER HANSBROUGH, TY LAWSON, DEON THOMPSON

(13:28)

Williams:
Opening remarks:
"We're just extremely happy, to say the least. We felt like we played very well for three days. I think the first night we were just more gifted, and then last night I thought we were sensational in the first half, and then tonight, Notre Dame got off to a good start and I liked the way that our guys didn't panic. They just continued playing. We had a pretty significant run the last 10 or 12 minutes of the first half, and then they scored the last four minutes of the half and then we came out in the second half and played well again.

"And then at the end, when [Kyle] McAlarney was making all of those threes, we were still answering on the other end. You hate to play against somebody that goes 10-for-18 from the 3-point line, but you just have to congratulate him because he made one over Ty [Lawson] and Ty was right in his face and he made another one that was really, really deep, so you just have to congratulate him. "

These three guys up here were sensational for us. I think Tyler had 34, Ty had 22 and Deon was 19 and 13, and [he] had some big offensive rebounds for us when we were trying to weather their storm in making all of those threes. But this was a good week for us. Congratulate Tyler and Ty – they both have been banged up a little bit and they played exceptionally well for three straight days. We're going to try to be a little easier on them the next couple of days and give them a little rest and relaxation.

"But it's a great tournament – it's my favorite tournament to play in and to coach in. We feel very fortunate to win and we're going to enjoy ourselves tomorrow and go back home tomorrow night."

On comparing this team to the 2004-05 national championship team:
"I can compare those teams at this stage – it remains to be seen what this team is going to do. This team has more depth and probably more firepower, but it's not as good defensively, and that's a challenge for this team. We played pretty good defense today. Even when Kyle made some of those threes there at the end, we were right in his face and you just have to congratulate him, but we've got to continue to improve on the defensive end of the floor. If we do that, this team has got a chance to be a really good team. "


Hansbrough:
On when he knew that he would be playing:
"Coming into warmups, I wasn't really sure. I wanted to loosen up my ankle a little bit and make sure things were going all right. And then Coach came over and asked me and I was ready to go by then. But I wasn't really sure until warmups."

On defending Harangody:
"It was tough to try to limit his touches, but every time he got the ball, we just tried make sure that he was shooting over our body, instead of just straight to the basket."


Lawson:
On Hansbrough's return:
"Like Deon said, it's good seeing him perform like last year and getting his rhythm back. It makes our job a lot easier, because he makes big shots and gets tough rebounds, so I'm glad he's back."

On dishing 22 assists against two turnovers in Maui:
"Basically, it's just my teammates making shots. Getting it down to Tyler and Wayne [Ellington] and Deon [Thompson] – they're making shots for me. And just taking care of the ball, making sure I don't put the ball in jeopardy like Coach has been saying."


Thompson:
On Hansbrough's return:
"It's definitely a good thing to see. I think it was more of him getting his feel back. It was his first couple of games back and he's been sitting out for a while, so it takes time to adjust to the actual game."

On defending Harangody:
"Just making him score over us. That's what we're taught to do with tough post players, just slide with them when they're trying to make their moves and when they go up for the shot, put both hands up and try to make it tough on them to score. So we just did that and it worked tonight."

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