Georgetown-St. John's Postgame Quotes

Feb. 2, 2013

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On Nate Lubick's performance and contribution to the team ...

I don't know how I'd categorize it. Steadying probably doesn't do it justice. He's been playing at a very high level for a long time now, to tell you the truth. I said a couple of games ago, he wasn't up here, but I said Nate gave us quality stats, not quantity stats. When we need something done, he gets a rebound, makes an assist, gets a basket. He's been doing that consistently and tonight was no exception.

On if took too many perimeter shots ...

Did we bog down? Yes. I'm not sure that it was too much perimeter shooting. They did a very good job of taking away the interior and with that match up we ended up with a lot of two-on-ones on either side of the court and we were getting wide open shots. Some went in and some didn't, but absolutely, there was a stretch where we should have, instead of trying to penetrate with the pass, we should have gotten the ball, put your head down, drive in there and then see what's open and kick out after that.

On scoring 32 points in the paint, but not shooting many free-throws ...

You watched the game just like I did. I think we did a good job hitting the offensive boards and with [some] exceptions we wanted to get the ball inside, whether it was man or zone and then play from there. It's not like we were just passing around the perimeter, we were going inside and you can't shoot foul shots if the ref doesn't call fouls.

On holding D'Angelo Harrison to two points ...

I think we just got lucky. He's fun to watch as a fan, not as an opposing coach. We knew going into this game that we have to stop him. Everyone has to know where he is whenever he's on the court. Knowing that, I don't think we did as good a job as we could've should've with some of the other guys, but I probably would not be wrong if I said that every team that plays them goes in saying we have to stop him. Our guys happened to do a good job and he just happened to have two bad games. I don't think there's a secret formula.

On what happened on the court after the game ...

I don't know what happened. It's two competitive teams, tough game, BIG EAST basketball, tempers got a little heated. I don't know.

On stopping St. John's fastbreak ...

I feel like a large part of their baskets were in transition off of our makes. A large portion of their quality looks were after our makes, so we have to do a much better job with that. They have three, sometimes four guys out there that are all pretty fast, that can all be playmakers, as well as scorers, so that really puts pressure on who they're playing against.

On Nate, Otto and Markel making timely plays ...

It's not a question of understanding, I don't think. They have to be there every night, those three guys in particular, because everyone else could possibly, probably will be up and down. I think for the most part during this stretch they have been here every night doing their job.

On his 200th win at Georgetown ...

I realized it when Mex told me right before they announced it on the PA. I had no idea that's where I was. I'm happy and fortunate enough to be here long enough to get to 200. Hopefully I can get 201 whenever we play our next game.

Sophomore Forward Otto Porter Jr.

On getting settled into the game after a slow first five minutes ...

"We just kept running our plays. I kept moving and looking to help my teammates out and eventually I got a good rhythm in the game"

Junior Forward Nate Lubick

On his role on the team as of late ...

"I'm a leader, as well as Otto and Markel. I am a player that will do anything and everything to win"

On the team's adjustment after the first Big East losses ...

"Earlier in the season we would play well at times. We defended as a team at times. Now, we defend as a team for the entire game. We are a much more consistent team and we just keep getting more and more consistent"

St. John's Quotes

Coach Steve Lavin Quotes

Opening Statement ...

"Rebounding in the first half, we out rebounded them by four in the second half but they outrebounded us by eleven and it's not a coinciendence that they were leading by eleven. So we got out rebounded by eleven and they were up eleven so a direct correlation between Georgetown's rebound and their point production. So their physicality, (Nate) Lubick in particular... but any coach would appreciate someone like him. He's all about the team, he's a grinder, he adds great value in so many ways at both ends of the floor and I thought he was really the key to the game in terms of Georgetown's success. You know with (Otto) Porter and (Markel) Starks those are two high level basketball players, you're aware of coming into the game the challenge those two present; but Lubick, if you watch game in game out, I think he's a central figure in Georgetown's success. The screening, the capable passing, cleaning up the boards for garbage points and there's timeliness to the ways he adds value. It seems like at the critical stretch of the game he'll have a hand in helping Georgetown move forward when they most need it."

"I thought the second half, for us, we held them to 33% from the field and we out rebounded them by four. So our second half was closer to the performance that we've had in this five game winning streak but unfortunately, in the Big East, on the road, against a quality team like Georgetown you have to have a better effort for forty minutes. And I thought Georgetown really imposed their will on us in the first half; hence the minus eleven on the boards twenty to six in the paint and eleven point lead. And then I thought in the second half, we were more competitive, rebounding them plus four and holding them to 33% from the field and basically even game in the final twenty minutes. Georgetown really won this game in the first half with the way in which they cam e out and dominated us with their physicality and their purposeful play and told our kids it's the same old refrain which is in this league there's such a small margin for error and if you have a couple lapses in play or you go a half where you don't play at a high level, then you're going to come out with an L most nights and tonight we came out with an L."

On the Altercation at the End of the Game ...

"It's spirited and I don't know any details of it but whether its in the playground or its Big East basketball it's always spirited and naturally I think you know both coaches want to make sure no one's hurt or there's no negative outcomes. Some of that feistiness just comes with competitors and there's a lot of competitors on both sides of the fence there with St. John's and Georgetown but I don't know any of the particulars in terms of what happened I'd would assume it's the age old two competitive teams that are going toe-to-toe and I'll have to find out more, I don't know anything at this point about it."

"We've won five out of six; we've beaten two top twenty teams in Cincinnati and Notre Dame. We've won three games on the road, we are the youngest team in school history, we are the youngest team in the country. This is just a competitive league, and we are in third place today; we've went from fifteenth to third place I guess that would characterize our season to some regards to this point. Really at the end of the day, it is body of work: you know, once you get to March you kind of see where you are. But in terms of self inflicted wounds or things along those lines probably a little too deep at this point for me to even fathom."

St. John's Forward JaKarr Sampson

"You know they just crashed the boards, pretty much that's how we lost the game, they just did a really good job rebounding, um and crashing the boards, that's how we lost the game ..."

"It was kind of hard to score, obviously, but they just did an overall good job."

"Um it affects us a lot, but that's not excuses, we should be able to pull ourselves together and defend and compete ... It hurt us a lot when Jamal went off with his knee injury."

When asked about Jamal getting carried off

"Yeah, you know he's our coach on the floor pretty much, I call him the general on the team, he runs the team, he's our coach on the floor so yeah it hurt us a little bit when he went off and got hurt."

When asked about Marco ...

"Marco is a good player, you know he's a scorer, he needs to start doing that more. He needs to come in with the mindset that he's going to score the ball, honestly that's the only reason why he's not playing cause he don't shoot the ball, he's a shooter and that's what we need him to do. We need him to come into games and look to get shots up. You know, not a lot of players, you know, coaches trust doing that, but he's one of the players coach allows to do that, getting shots up and taking the shots that he took today, and he made them..... that's what we need him to do every night, you know, hopefully this is like his coming out party."

When asked about Jamal ...

"You know its always bad when one of your teammates goes down....He's like another coach on the floor, he lead our team.. So you know it hurts a lot seeing him go down, crutching and getting carried off the court."

"He's kind of hurt right now, kind of sad, but he's going to be alright" (emotionally).



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