Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes vs. Louisiana Tech

Dec. 29, 2009

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HEAD COACH Tom Penders
Opening Comments

"It was an up-and-down great basketball game. We didn't capitalize on enough of our opportunities and they did. They did a good job while we didn't. That's as simple as I can make it. Whether it was late in the game where we had a steal and a breakaway and we dribble off our foot or we get an interception and throw it right back to them. They made their free throws down their stretch and didn't crack at all. Lots of situations to learn from and obviously they're a lot more fun to learn from when you're in a position to win. They're a very good basketball team. They came in at 11-2 and you can see why."

On rebounding
"When you go small, that's going to happen. We've won about seven games without outrebounding the opposition so that hasn't changed. I don't get any thrill out of losing if we outrebounded the other team. Rebounds are one stat, but there's lots of other ways to break down a game, like possessions and such. Rebounding is dependent on your philosophy - it can be really important or not. I'm more interested in fundamentals and getting more shot opportunities than our opponents. I'm not saying I don't want to rebound, but when you go small it becomes much more pronounced. There are a lot of coaches in the country who will say it's the least important stat. I'm more interested in the hustle stats and having more shot opportunities. "

On Aubrey Coleman's free throw shooting
"You get him a sports psychologist (laughs). We have a guy for that, Fran Pirozzolo, that helps the players out with small issues. Just before this he was 21-of-23 in the two games. It comes and it goes, which is puzzling for me. Last year he shot 76 percent from the line and this year I don't know what the answer is. If I did, I'd certainly pass it on to him. But free throw shooting definitely hurt us tonight. I don't want to make it out more than what it is but he's got to deal with that. And luckily he's a really strong kid mentally."



On the defense
"We pressed the entire first half to see how they would attack it. We had one trapper in the back court and then we did the over-half court trap and we also trapped all ball screens. We thought they handled all of that really well so we tried to switch on ball screens and play them more straight up in the second half. We tried several different defenses on them and they handled them all pretty well - I also felt like we handled their defenses pretty well. "

On Louisiana Tech's rebounding and second-chance points "That played a big factor in why they beat us. They had a lot of second-chance opportunities and hung around and we didn't play tough enough in the paint.

"To become a powerhouse team, we have to play at our max, night in and night out. We just have to find a way to keep our energy up or get it started, right off the bat."

On Louisiana Tech running in the first half and working it inside in the second half
"It's not that we aren't capable of defending it, we just don't have the right mindset. It's nothing but heart. They came out to punch us. We did too, but it just seemed like they had a longer reach and jabbed first."

On late turnover
"It stinks, simple as that. I was right there, got the steal and needed a couple more dribbles. It was close and a real heartbreaker. I know you have to wipe it out and keep playing, but I felt like that was a real turning point."

On starting instead of coming off the bench
"I came out with the same attitude, and that's to get it done. No matter what your assignment is you just have to get it done."

On being surprised by a close game
"Honestly, I don't think it did. No matter who you are playing, you have to keep the pedal down. You want to get used to closing games like that. You need it for big games. We are a go team and you need to get used to that.

SENIOR GUARD Aubrey Coleman
On Louisiana Tech's rebounding and second-chance points.

"Our game plan for dealing with it was to come around and strip it from them. If they missed, they just got their own rebound. They killed us on the boards and second-chance points.

On Louisiana Tech running in the first half and working it inside in the second half
"In the first half they ran with us a lot, and that was kind of a surprise, but we knew they were going to do that in the second half, and we just didn't have an answer for it.

On his shooting
"Shooters have nights like this, but you have to bounce back. I try not to think about it too much just go and work on it, like I've been doing. Try not to think too much."

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