Coaches, players tried not to go batty during delays

The final score was just the beginning of the story at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Saturday afternoon as a bat caused several delays during the second half.

In case you missed it, here’s a link to check out some of the highlights of the bat incident. As a sign of the times, at least two Twitter accounts were created in a matter of minutes that had to do with the situation (@Marquette Bat, @bradleycentrbat).

As of 5:45 pm, @MarquetteBat already had 229 followers.

Here’s what those involved had to say about the bat incident during Marquette’s 81-71 win over Providence Saturday.

Providence coach Ed Cooley

“There wasn’t one bright spot in the game other than Batman and Robin around the damn building.”

“That actually was pretty funny. That was really comical. I think the officials were more afraid than anybody. I think they all were afraid.”

“It was a momentum breaker. I think Batman took their crowd out of the game a little bit and I think that helped us there, but my club has to do a better job defending and I have to do a better job teaching it.”

Marquette forward Trent Lockett

“To be honest, that was a once in a lifetime experience. It was almost frustrating because we felt like we had some momentum and then every time we got a play going our way, that dang bat came back.”

“But it’s definitely an experience and I have a story to tell now.”

“Not only does it take our momentum away, but obviously coach Buzz did a great job keeping us in tune with the game but with a different team, I feel like it could have had side effects of people’s minds wandering, the lights were off, the songs were going, people had their cell phones on, so I think he did a great job battling through that type of adversity.”

“He (Buzz) just didn’t let it effect him. He didn’t really talk about it at all, he was talking about the game at all times. What we did successfully thus far and what we needed to do to be successful.”

Marquette coach Buzz Williams

“Before the thing with the bat, we were in a really good groove. And I thought, ‘We need to win.’”

“I probably didn’t handle it right. I’ve coached in a lot of bad gyms at schools that you haven’t ever written about, but I’ve never seen a bat in a gym.”

“It was kind of funny to begin with, but then it was like ‘Damn the bat, we have to win.’ There’s going to be a winner and a loser in the record book and they aren’t going to put an asterisk saying there was a bat.”

“I thought it was kind of funny for a minute and I thought our kids handled it like kids initially. They (Providence) went on a 6-0, I called timeout and then I thought we kind of got back, a little bit, in a groove. But I don’t think we ever got back to where we were at.”

“We had seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play and Trent turns it over and ‘Van’ turns it over in the last minute. Not being pessimistic, but we kind of lost that groove that we were in.”

Marquette forward Steve Taylor Jr.

“I was laughing when I first saw it because I had never seen anything like it. It was actually the first time I had seen a bat.”

“I was kind of amazed, I was just like ‘Wow.’”

“I wasn’t thinking about it. I was just ready to get the ‘W.’”

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