Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes

Feb. 9, 2013

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Opening Statement
“We played really well for the first 32 minutes, but we played awful the last eight minutes. After [Jherrod] Stiggers hits that three and we were up 19, we struggled to score another field goal as they ended up outscoring us 33-10. It was a combination of turning over the basketball, which we had three consecutive turnovers against the press, along with not rebounding and not defending. All those contributed to our lack of efficiency down the stretch. It was a terrible performance in the last eight minutes.”
On Tulane’s momentum in the last eight minutes of play
“I feel like Tulane’s momentum was built on our turnovers against the press. They capitalized on it. They are down and are going to shoot some three’s. It is no surprise when you look at their players. They made some plays, but this one is all on us in the last eight minutes.”
On struggling against the press
“We haven’t faced a team this year that pressed like Tulane, other than maybe Tulsa. You just have to make the right decisions. We called the right plays. It’s all about making good decision. I thought early we had a couple of possessions that we didn’t handle it well, but then we settled down and broke the press well. We always discuss making sure we are in the right spots, handle it right and we just didn’t do it today.”
On the thought of playing relaxed in the final eight minutes
“We always emphasize playing a full 40 minutes. It is something we emphasize daily and is a key to the game. You can never get timid as long as there is time on the clock.”
On second-half offensive struggles
“I talked to our players after the game about how the offensive struggles cannot affect our rebounding and defensive possessions. The bottom line is, we cannot give up 54 points in a half and 33 points in eight minutes. It comes down to defending, rebounding and taking care of the ball. Those are areas we have to improve in.”
On second chance points by Tulane
“We have to improve on containing the basketball. We have to stay between our man and the basketball. They [Tulane] were able to get the ball inside and got to the free throw line. When you look at second chance points, that is 38 points—we have got to guard.”

On watching the team after fouling out
“It was really hard to have to sit down and not be on the court with my team. I was trying to stay positive on the sidelines, and talk to them as if I was still on the court.”
On the team coming back this season
“We are relaxing, and not finishing in the second half. When we get a lead some of us feel like they won’t try to come back, so we just chill and try to hold that same lead. That’s when the other team always makes their runs.”
On if struggling on offense translates defensively
“It does sometimes feel like that’s the case. We have to grow up and learn that everything isn’t resolved on the offensive side of the ball. You have to play defense.”
On shot selection in the second half
“Coach (James) Dickey said that we were taking good shots, but we were being impatient. Some of the shots we took could have come later in the shot clock. That happened a lot in the first half, we were taking too many early shots.”

On the lack of offensive production in the second half
“This is basketball, you can come back from 23 points and still win the game. We have to lock down and get focused in the last ten minutes of the game. We didn’t do that, and that’s the stuff we have to learn. We are a young team, and we’re going to live and learn. We have to take this as a learning experience, and move forward to the next game.”



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