Feb. 3, 2010
South Florida 72, Georgetown 64
February 3, 2010
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III
I don't know that anything changed in the second half. I don't want anything that comes out of here to make it seem like all the credit in the world doesn't go to USF. They came here, they stay focused. They went through a first half where Jones, we kept him quiet, but eventually he got loose. Everything about that game you have to credit to them and what they did, as opposed to what we did or didn't do. Chris got that first lay-up and then they slowly stuck with it and we fell out of rhythm.
On if Greg Monroe being in foul trouble changed the offensive strategy...
I don't remember. He picked up two fouls on back to back possessions, so I don't know how much that affected things, but we couldn't get into a flow.
On Dominique Jones ...
He's terrific, I think he does a very good job of taking what you give him. He does a very good job for someone who scores as many points as he does of not forcing anything. You look at the numbers he's putting up and you have the tendency to think he's forcing this or forcing that, but he's not. He can go both ways, he can make shots, he makes foul shots, he just takes what is in front of him.
On the team's free-throw shooting problems...
The things that happen during the course of a game, we take in pride in controlling the things we can control and today we didn't control the things that we can control, being foul shots and some of those turnovers.
Georgetown Sophomore Guard Jason Clark:
On the challenge of guarding USF guard Dominique Jones:
"We knew he was a great player coming in. I just wanted to give him tough looks. Make him work for all the shots he had."
Georgetown sophomore center Greg Monroe:
On picking up two fouls on back-to-back possessions in the second half:
"I didn't change anything. Coach kept me in and I was still playing so I didn't change anything."
On the challenge of not looking back at the win over Duke or looking forward to the game with Villanova:
"I don't know exactly what happened tonight. We definitely wasn't looking backwards (at Duke) and we definitely wasn't looking forwards (to Villanova). As a team, we have to be more focused to win games like this."
Coach Stan Heath Quotes
On the win against Georgetown...
"I'll be brutally honest. I'm really amazed at our team. This is the best win in our school history of basketball against an outstanding team like Georgetown. We played really well, we played really hard and we became a more aggressive team in the second half and I thought down the stretch we fought hard to win."
On Game Changing Plays...
"I thought two baskets were big when Jones banked the three; he'll say it wasn't lucky but I think it wasn't. I thought a basket when we were really stagnant and struggling was when Jones went in and missed it and Mercer followed it up because we were having trouble scoring at that time and that was a big play at that time that forced them into some fouling situations."
On School's Most Historic Victory...
"We've never beat anyone with this magnitude on the road. Pittsburgh was good but obviously Georgetown is ranked higher and at the same time we beat Marquette last year... at our place. We never won a game like this on the road and our confidence has been growing and we won some games on the road but this one is a huge jump on the radar screen. There will be a lot of happy people in Tampa. There will be a lot of people that are really shocked and all we are trying to do is keep going through the journey and doing the best job we can and grow as players and people."
On Dominque Jones' Performance...
"He got off to a really slow start. I don't think he scored until 11 minute mark. I think finally he got to the free throw line and he started attacking a little bit more and made a couple shots and once he got going, he was really hard to stop. Obviously we feed off of him, he's a biggest part of what we do and as much as he scores, he made some outstanding defensive plays, stripping the ball to get some steals to turn into offensive plays."