Men's Basketball
Post Game Quotes



Feb. 2, 2008

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Coach John Thompson III Quotes

On Patrick Ewing, Jr.'s play...
"He did what he's been doing for a couple of games. He was very good, I thought, on both ends of the floor. Had a couple of reach-in fouls that I wish he didn't...but overall, just between his rebounding and his poise, I thought he was very, very good."

On Transition Defense...
"You have to be good in transition against them because they turn you over so much... they're just good at that; they're very, very good at that... I mean you look at that team, coming into this game they've won 5 or 6 in a row and it's a team that plays hard, they don't quit. You look at their previous games and they've been down and they just keep coming and keep coming and keep coming in their defensive effort... They're one of those teams that you make shots but at the same time they get to the basket, so we had to be very attentive on defense and I think we were just fortunate to get a few bounces."

On the lack of Chris Wright...
"It is what it is. We can sit and talk about who's not out there, who we wish was out there, who could've been out there. I thought the guys that we had, we had four, three of our guards had 4 fouls with... the whole second half is what it felt like for me. But at the same time we had other people step up and we were able to get through it."

On changes in the second half...
"Obviously, 21 turnovers with 10 assists is not indicative of our team; it never has been and it never will be. But that's a credit to them. That's just a credit to what they do and how they do things. Like you said, when we had to make plays, I think we made plays at both ends. And they're a team that forces you to make plays to win; you can't just go, can't just show up and play. It's a very, very good team."

On rebounding...
"We had enough comments (about the lack of rebounding) so I'm pretty happy when we do rebound. We have to because they're such a good offensive team, you can't give them multiple opportunities. We were fortunate to get some rebounds and limit their opportunities at the basket."

On Roy Hibbert's play in the second half...
"I'm pleased with Roy. Everyone talks about the points Vernon scored the other da. Roy's fine. Roy's Roy. "

On whether he was happy with the win...
"I'm happy with all victories. They're hard to come by in this league, in any league."

On free throw shooting...
"I think that early in the year, and I don't think we're a poor free throw shooting team. I don't really worry about what other people worry about. We make foul shots, I'm not worried about that."

Roy Hibbert

On Patrick Ewing...
"Pat (Ewing) just played aggressively from the start. We got out there and got rebounds. The most important thing was to get rebounds. We pushed the ball up the court and he's very good in transition and he's really good at making passes.

On rebounding...
"Coach just talked about one shot for them and to make sure we put a body on them and not to give them second shots. I think we've been making an effort to box people out, pursue the ball and run down long rebounds. On the offensive end, we've been making sure we get offensive rebounds and we've done a good job with that."

On slowing down Seton Hall's offense...
"We did some switching. We gave them different looks as well, from zone to man-to-man. We switched it up a little bit and had them on their heels. We hit the boards and ultimately that won the game for us."

On junior Guard Jessie Sapp...
"It started from him being aggressive going to the basket. That started opening up things for other players. Once he started being more aggressive. He opened up with Jon to get that backdoor, Austin took the backdoor. He made wise decisions."

On playing with four fouls...
"Just to play better defense. Just to play smart, honest defense and not to pick up that fifth foul. We knew that we had each other's back no matter what. We still wanted to be aggressive, but not as aggressive as we were in the beginning."

On Brian Laing...
"He played well. I don't know many points he had, but he grabbed rebounds and did what he had to do to keep his team in the game."

On free throw shooting...
"We shoot free throws every day in practice. Today, I hit a couple. As a team, we've been Early this year, we weren't shooting so well, but we just keep practicing and improving."

Patrick Ewing

On his contributions...
"Coach said I need you. He asked me, 'Are you tired? Because you look tired and I need that energy.' He told me I needed to be more vocal and you need to do some things on the floor to make things happen. I was fortunate enough to score some points and find some open cutters and take it from there."

Seton Hall Coach Bobby Gonzales

On Seton Halls Strategy against Georgetown...
"Georgetown has an elite team, they really do. They are a very impressive team, they don't have many weaknesses. The ones that they have, we thought we exploited. We turned them over 21 times, we got 15 steels. We tried to use that to offset the rebounding advantage because we knew personnel wise they were going to pound us on the glass. We didn't expect to lose by 25 (the rebounding margin) but we figured we were going to lose on the boards."

"We tried to use our quickness to speed them up in the zone. We thought that bothered them and that kept us in the game for about 30 to 35 minutes. The problem is, they don't have many weaknesses. For instance, they are 68.3% from the line and you put them at the line and they make their free throws, it's almost like pick your poison."

"If you guard their perimeter game, they are going to go inside to Hibbert and Macklin and those guys and if you collapse inside, they are going to kick it out to shooters. So we picked, let Hibbert get it inside, let Ewing and those guys get the shots down low and we try to take away Wallace and Sapp and Summer and try to take away their 3 point game. It worked for a long time but it wasn't enough to get over the hump."

On Georgetown...
"What I have seen so far in the Big East, they are the best team in the league, without question. They are the best team in the league. They are the elite team in the league."

On Seton Hall's Offense...
"In our 5 game win streak up until today, there were 2 things that were prevalent. We shot 38% and above from the 3 and that gets us into our press and our rhythm going. We lead the Big East in offense with 82 points a game. They lead the Big East in defense so they wanted to keep it in the 50's, and we ended up in the 60's and someone told me we were the second team to only do so and I thought offensively we played horrible. When you only shoot 19% from the 3 on the road you are not going to beat them."

 

 

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