Jan. 10, 2012
Georgetown 64, Cincinnati 68
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Verizon Center
Monday, January 09, 2012
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III
On turnovers being the cause of tonight's loss...
No doubt about that. We cannot turn the ball over like that. That was the ball game and I think we have to give them credit, but after we do that, most of our turnovers were what I call unforced turnovers. It wasn't relenting pressure and the press, it was us not being good passers, not being good receivers.
On Georgetown's final offensive play...
We were trying to just run a side on ball with Jason and Henry and wanted him to come off of it. We had Hollis in the other corner in case they came to help, but they switched defenses on us, so you just have to play. Otto (Porter) had the ball right there and made a play, but stepped out of bounds.
On Hollis Thompson getting locked down in the second half...
We ran a couple of sets to try to get him shots, but they were definitely a lot more attentive to him in denying him and face guarding him in the second half and so that was a large part of it.
On if Cincinnati's physical nature caused problems...
I don't think so. If you look at it, I think we out rebounded them. I think we were just as physical, if not more physical today. We just turned the ball over. I don't mean to negate anything that they did, not in any way shape or form do I mean that they didn't play a good game or they didn't execute, but we just shot ourselves in the foot today.
On Sean Kilpatrick's performance against Georgetown...
I don't know that I've seen him go off for this many points, but we have seen him play like that. Between him and Dixon they are two good offensive players. With all they were doing I think Yancy Gates had some key baskets. He showed up when they needed him to, so you have to give him credit for that.
On Nate Lubick's performance...
I thought Nate was very good today. Its good to see. I think that at the end of the day, when you go through a bad stretch, and he's had a bad stretch, you start to think and you start to analyze, but I think today he just came out and played hard from the very beginning. He made a lot of hustle plays and it turned out positive for us more often than not.
On losing back-to-back BIG EAST games...
You don't lose two in a row and just walk out the door and not think about it. I think we know what makes us good and we know the mistakes that we've made the last two games, which have caused us to not come out on the victorious end of the ledger. You have to go back and do some introspection from top to bottom, but I think this team knows when they've been good and they know when they haven't been good and why and so you have to look at that and fix that. You just have to keep moving forward and keep getting better.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson
On going 4/4 then only having one shot:
"I got the open shots in the first half. I didn't get the shots in the second half. They guarded me differently, we had a lot of turnovers. Things just didn't happen the way we would've liked for them to.
On his ankle:
"I'm all right."
Senior guard Jason Clark
On his hustle plays:
"Well once again they were probably off turnovers. We just have to know we need to get back to prevent easy baskets."
On what you tell the young guys:
"We can't fall into the rhythm of losing. We can't start pointing fingers. We know what makes us good and we've got to get back to those things and continue to get better."
On Sean Kilpatrick:
He can beat you at the three, he can beat you off the dribble. He's just one of those players that knows how to score the basketball.
On possible common thread with unforced turnovers:
"No. I don't think so. That's something we've got to work on. When we're good with the ball, we're a great team. But when stuff happens like tonight we don't look so good."
On having the ball in the hands of younger players:
"That's how our offense is. We have confidence in whoever has the ball in their hands. We don't particularly try to get it to anybody at any point. We run our offense and try to get open shots.
On his individual performance:
I guess it was nice to come out and feel like my old self again. But the way I am, I really only care about winning. We didn't do enough to win the game tonight, so if I had a better game than I've been playing, it came on the wrong day I guess.
On combining with Otto Porter: They kept changing defenses on us, and we recognized what they were doing. I think everyone did a good job of recognizing that they were going from man to zone, and we connected a couple of times.
Cincinnati Head Coach Mick Cronin Quotes
"Obviously, great win for our team. We had a debacle on Saturday where we weren't ready to play and we had a little wake up call. Any time your teams able to respond to adversity which our teams really has for the last month... I'm proud of a lot of guys tonight. Two guys carried us on offense, but our point guard gave us great leadership despite his foul trouble and he didn't make a field goal and Yancy Gates' defense, he gave us 10 deflections tonight and pressured Henry Sims into 5 turnovers which is huge for him, tremendous growth for him as a basketball player. Becoming a complete player and keeping his head in the game despite getting his shot blocked a few times and it was a physical game on both ends underneath; he got with that it really anchored our defense down the stretch. Great effort by my kids, proud of them, great win for us. You know, we've had some wins over Georgetown, we've been fortunate here lately but this is the best team we've ... we had and the best Georgetown team we've been able to get a win over."
On Yancy Gates Performance ...
"We'll we were able to get him the ball on a couple curls on the dump down because we were driving so much. We were able to get it to him; they were coming to block shots. And that was out of a time out, great execution by him and Sean Kilpatrick on that play. I told him "You better go strong now. This is a man's game. You know, you've got to go strong. You can't just look to just go on up there and hope the refs are going to bail you out." You know really our offense we were stagnant trying to feature him early in the year and pound the ball inside, teams were all over him and since we opened it up we've just been a much better team but I still think we are finding ourselves because there's times we need to go to him. He's still not back... in playing shape and he spent so much energy tonight. I asked him to be the key to the defense with Sims because you know you look at their stats and he's got 58 assists or something, it's crazy... So try to deny Sims the ball, you know try to pressure him, you know try to get our deflections total up, try to disrupt their offense because they are going shoot a high percentage so you better get some turnovers because if you don't...this team runs their offense as good as any team that I've coached against; they run through all their stuff and all their options. We kept changing our defenses as much as we could. I don't know if any of them were working until late and I don't know if that's maybe they got a little tired to be honest with you."
On Cincinnati's Defensive Effort Against Hollis Thompson
"Yeah, I wasn't really happy as you can imagine at half time that he was 4-4 (shooting from the field). It's not rocket science....every scouting report says you can't let him shoot so needless to say I was a little vocal at half time about he doesn't need to get any more attempts from the 3 point line. Sean Kilpatrick was on him the most. That's where he's really evolving into an all around player. He's scoring on one hand and he's doing a great job on Hollis Thompson. We let him shoot one to start, and then in the press we lost him twice. The bank shots the bank shot. We lost him twice and you can't let him shoot. He's shooting 50% from the 3 point line, he's one of the best shooters in the country and he's got size so if you give him a little space he's going to shoot it over you."