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Jan. 11, 2008

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On Roy Hibbert's game-winning three-pointer on the last possession...
We wanted to bring Roy up and then bring him back down, to tell you the truth. While (the play) was evolving he had options to set a couple of on-ball screens, we did know that their big guy would be sitting in the middle of the lane, so we wanted to set a couple of on-balls and have him roll off and get a shot, but then he just made a basketball decision. The clock was running down, but he knows he can make that shot. That's not a fluke, that's not a shocker, that's not a once-in-a-lifetime thing that Roy makes that shot. If you leave him open he has shown every day in practice and this year that he can make that shot.

On Hibbert's performance...
It's hard to answer those questions right after the game. I thought he was aggressive, he was assertive, he played well. I don't know if it was the most complete or the best he's played, I know it's not the best he's going to play. But I said this yesterday, league play is here and we all have to play a little better and he knows what time of year it is.

On Georgetown's defensive execution...
We had a few possessions where they hit long shots at the end of the shot clock. There was a stretch there where I felt we had very good possessions and then they'd get the loose ball, which has happened to us too many times this year, though I thought we did a better job with that today or they'd hit a shot. It's just one of those things where our defense was good for 32 seconds and they'd get something in the last three. But their possession ends when we get the ball. They are a good offensive team, they have guys that made shots tonight, they can go to the basket and they have an interior presence.

On holding off a rallying Connecticut team...
I told them that in the (locker room). We're up, they make a run, we end up down six or seven, it was an identical situation to Memphis. All of a sudden against Memphis we ended up down by 12, this group (today) kind of settled in and responded. I think they realized that we were getting the shots we wanted, they just weren't going in and then we just had to get a few stops.

Senior Center Roy Hibbert

On the winning shot...
"I put it up and I felt confident about it and it went in. At first, I was trying to get a shot for Jon (Wallace), but they backed down a bit and we only had a few seconds left on the clock. It's a great feeling and we try to improve each game and that's what helped us today."

Senior Forward Patrick Ewing, Jr.

"Roy told me later he was initially trying to get a shot for Jonathan Wallace but when he saw the defense back down and the shot clock running down so he had to get the shot off and knocked it down."

UConn Associate Head Coach George Blaney

On the outcome of the game...
"Obviously I thought that at 67-61, we had a pretty good chance to win the basketball game. They [Georgetown] hit three three-pointers on us, after not shooting the ball that well. We played zone very well against them in the second half, holding them to only 33% shooting for the half. However, we probably played the zone defense for one possession too long down the stretch. You have to give Georgetown credit for the way they played."

On the offensive play of the team...
"Jim [Calhoun] has talked a great deal about offensive execution over the last few weeks and we were really good today. We got the shot we wanted late...Doug [Wiggins] had a wide open baseline jumper and was able to convert. Jeff Adrien was strong with the basketball and he really kept control of the ball with his strength and play. A.J. Price was again good, with getting penetration and to the foul line."

On the team...
"One thing that remains clear after this game is that this is a very good young team. We shot 49% from the field and played well, so I hope they will take positives from this game. I don't thing it will be hard to get back up for the next game, because we know we can play. This game is history and we just need to prepare for Thursday. You need to be prepared everyday in this league. That's the joy of the BIG EAST, everyone comes to compete."

 

 

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