Postgame Quotes

Jan. 21, 2012

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On the play of Otto Porter down the stretch...

He is composed. Otto doesn't get rattled, he just plays the game. (Rutgers) went to that zone at the end and Hollis wasn't himself today and he wasn't effective for long stretches of the game, but they were playing that zone, so I put him in, not as a decoy, but when Hollis is on the floor that hole in the middle gets bigger and opened up some shots for Otto that he made.

On coming back late despite not shooting well all game...

I think our defense won the game for us. Our defense enabled us to hang around withstand a day when we were not good offensively. We had some timely baskets, Greg Whittington had a pretty good stretch where he scored (seven points) that got us going. The way Jason Clark chased (Eli) Carter all night, especially in the second half was terrific.

On Georgetown's free throws keeping them in the game in the first half...

As much as it wasn't a pretty day offensively, which I'm fine with as a side note, we did a good job of throwing it into the post. We wanted to pound it inside and we threw it inside to different people. They are an aggressive team and we were able to get in the bonus early in both halves.

On the unit of two seniors and three freshmen on the floor in the second half...

A couple of things, one at this point in the year we're not thinking of anybody as a freshman. They've been through too much, played too many games and have been too important for us to be talking about freshmen. I thought that was our best defensive group. I thought that group was most consistently getting us stops. It's been different people in different games, I just thought that was our best defensive group tonight against them.

On looking at the stat sheet at halftime of the team's shooting in the first half...

I didn't look at that box score at halftime. I told these guys and I told that what seemed like every time out in the first half, sometimes you're having a bad offensive day and it's because the other team is disrupting you and you can't get into a flow. I thought today, and this is maybe the second time this year, that there's been a lid on the basket. We were getting the ball in the post and missing lay-ups, we were getting the wide open mid-range shots that we wanted, but the ball just wasn't going in. But what these guys understand and are willing to do is go down to the other end and get a stop. Sometimes you miss a shot and all of a sudden your defense gets loose, because you're thinking about the shot.

On what changed with the offense in the second half...

In the second half, we said throw it in, throw it in, throw it in and to different people. We got some post-ups for Jabril (Trawick), we got some post-ups for Greg and Otto and Nate.

Freshman Forward Otto Porter

On the free throws...

"I was just thinking hit the free throws. That's all I was thinking about it. It just came. I've practiced my free throws, and I was able to hit them."

On the free throws being a relief after the team not shooting well...

"It relieved a lot of pressure, I was just able to hit them."

On the foul...

"I don't really know what happened, I just know the ref called a foul."

On what to do in the final possession...

"I just let the play come, and luckily I was able to rise up and get a shot off."

Senior Guard Jason Clark

On Carter getting frustrated after the push-off foul...

"I don't think they were getting frustrated, they pop out and catch the ball. I think he just pushed off a little too hard and the ref called a foul."

On being frustrated about the 1st half box score...

"We know that we're going to have days like that when we don't hit shots, like coach said. We're a good defensive team, so if we can get stops and get out in transition, make our free throws, that takes everything away."

On still finding a way to get it done despite poor shooting...

"It gives us confidence in our defense. When we're not hitting shots we have to play defense. We know there are going to be days like this, so if we keep playing good defense, we can pull out the win."

On the confidence and composure while Rutgers seemed to get discouraged...

"We've been in some tight games, and there has always been a feeling that we're not going to lose the game. Everybody feels the same way, that we're going to pull out a win."

Freshman Forward Greg Whittington

On having seven in a row towards the comeback...

"I was doing the things I knew I could do. Coach said be aggressive, go play hard defense. I played hard defense and it gave me confidence to make shots."

On his confidence to make shots after missing a few...

"Everyone misses shots, I wasn't expecting myself to miss a lay-up, but I just kept my confidence and my composure."

On guarding the three-pointer against Mack, a shorter player...

"The coaches said sag off, and use my length. So when he rises up I have the length to close out and challenge the shot."

Senior Center Henry Sims

On the challenge of the aggressive, rotating big men from Rutgers...

"Every Big East game is a battle inside. Coach told us going in that their bigs are aggressive and they rotate a lot. My mindset was not to cave into their pressure."

On stepping out on the shooters...

"Later in the second half they came up and got a three, and that was my rotation. I didn't want that to happen again. I knew next time when I rose up he was going to try to go by me, so, defensive mastermind that I am..."

Rutgers Head Coach Mike Rice

"I thought, I told our players they played with tremendous heart. Playing as hard as they could just in the BIG EAST, that's not good enough. You have to have some purpose to that and some toughness. Just playing hard doesn't always work and again when it comes down to the last four minutes you just can't get in your own way. Having said that, there were some bizarre plays, some bizarre whistles that before I get into it I'd like to look on replay to see if they were the correct call. Because again, we do foul, we did play a lot without a purpose as far as our positioning and playing with our hands instead of our feet and our bodies. But it was interesting the last two minutes that is was decided by a whistle by a certain individual referee who decided to take it upon himself to decide the game."

On Rutgers' Aggressive Play...

"We are an aggressive team. We have to learn, I guess, to play with more toughness in the paint and to finish better and to drive. We're an attack team. Again, I didn't mind probably 30 of those calls but the last two minutes I just,, I don't know where you come up with that. And again, I could be completely wrong I'd like to go and look at it before I criticize."

On Rutgers' Lessons Learned from a Big East Road Loss...

"That we have to play smarter and better positioning. We're learning from our mistakes and we've made a lot of mistakes in the first part of the season but the last four minutes, not getting back, some of the mistakes, the fouls in the zone, who had the ball in the middle of the zone and he stood there to be guarded for about three seconds and none of our guards dumped down on the ball just those things, got to learn to win basketball games."

On Rutgers' Defensive Effort against Georgetown's Hollis Thompson...

"We paid particular attention. If Hollis doesn't get off they have trouble. And he has such tremendous skill for that size especially but he has some weaknesses also, he's not the strongest going off the bounce. So we really just put pressure on the perimeter and did a good job of the switching out and really being there on the catch but again I give them credit because they found other ways to score. "



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