Postgame Quotes

Feb. 4, 2012

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On any concern over leading by only eight points despite the strong defensive effort...

We felt we were getting stops and we knew the shots were going to start going in. I think they had 15 points at halftime and probably half of those we gave them, so as long as we get stops and rebounds, we'll be able to score enough points.

On the team's offensive issues during a nine minute drought in the first half...

It was an extremely long drought. They're a good defensive team, this year has shown that. They've consistently guarded people well, they make you make shots. They do a good job of guarding post touches, they do a good job of taking away cuts and they make you make shots. That being said, I think we were getting open shots, the ball just didn't go in. There were no major changes that we made at halftime, we just said, "keep doing what you're doing and the ball will go in, fellas."

On the second straight game after the Pittsburgh loss holding an opponent in the 40's...

I don't think anything was going wrong, we were just awful against Pitt. For the most part our defense has been pretty good most of the year. From day one, we've stressed that if we defend and rebound everything else will be ok.

On rating Jason Clark's off-ball cutting...

I'd give him a nine. Jason is a senior and he's doing a very good job of reading how he's being played. They were playing Jason like the shooter that he is and were really out denying his touches, which then opened up the cuts.

On 16 assists on 23 made field goals...

And we had nine careless turnovers. (The assists) is not abnormal. This is a group that shares the ball, this is a group that doesn't care who scores the points and this is a group where you can put five guys on the court that can score. As long as we keep the moving and take smart shots and don't turn it over, I think we had five guys in double figures and that just shows how unselfish and how together this group is.

On the 11 a.m. start and if it contributed to the slow start for both teams...

I don't like these early morning games, but I don't think the start had anything to do with it. The last couple of days we've tried to get up and practice early to get ready for this. The hoop is still 10 feet, they have five guys on the court, we have five guys on the court, so it's the same.

On the key to the offense in the second half...

I think (shots) just started to go in. I thought we had good energy in the first half. I don't think we had better energy in the second half, I just think the ball started to go in. As with life and basketball you make a couple and it starts to get easier.

On Henry Sims performance against USF...

I thought Henry had his second double double. I have to watch the film to see if the stat man cheated him out of a rebound. (Thompson asks Henry) "Didn't you Henry? (Henry answers) "Yeah." I think a lot of it is the way that they play us. They keep people in the paint, so you have an opportunity for him to take chances on passes, because it's clear cut who's open.

Senior center Henry Sims

On taking control of the game in the second half...

Like Coach said, I think momentum was the same from first half to second half. In the second half things just opened up a little bit more and it became easier to find guys.

On working with Otto Porter...

Otto's a good player already. Of course, coming and getting adjusted to college there are a lot of slides and a lot of reads that he's not accustomed to, so in the middle of a game I just try to help him out and give him some notes.

Senior guard Jason Clark

On his steal that led to an assist to Nate Lubick...

I turned the ball over, got back and made a play, got a steal and they were out of sync trying to get back on defense. Nate was wide open under the basket.

On going nine minutes in the first half without a field goal...

I think we were fine. We weren't frustrated because we were playing good defense. We just needed to keep playing defense and we knew our shots would eventually fall.

Sophomore guard Markel Starks

On spreading the ball around and the team's scoring balance...

I think it's very important. As long as guys are taking good shots and knocking them down, we're going to spread it around like that. We came out in the second half, especially and just fell into a rhythm and shots were going in.

South Florida Coach Stan Heath

Opening Statement...

"Well, our offense wasn't very good today and Georgetown played well. Georgetown's a good basketball team. They're more talented last year, much better team this year and their length bothers you they have a lot of different weapons sometimes you just key in on (Jason) Clark and (Hollis) Thompson and yet those other guys can hurt you as well (Henry) Sims and some of those other guys off the bench like (Otto) Porter. We just got real frustrated offensively. The more we couldn't score the more we got frustrated and all of a sudden the avalanche opened up especially with some of those back door scoring and three point shooting which is what you got to take away from Georgetown. I'll leave it at this, and had nothing to do with Georgetown. I hate when things get personal, things got a little personal; it has nothing to do with Georgetown though."

On USF Turnovers...

"A few of those were just trying to play in a little bit of a hurry. A few of those were, we lost our point guard just with a couple fouls and we had to take him out and had to play with a strange line up and so we didn't really have decision makers and ball handlers the way we wanted. And a little bit of that was just you know they are a little bit longer then what you think and when you watch tape on film and you see things sometimes it doesn't translate to when you really see guys up close."

"I felt we played horrible in the first half and we were down by 8 we had a little momentum with the layup at the end, and I kind of reminded the team, "Hey, we were down by 8 (points) a couple of years ago and found a way to pull it out" so today just wasn't our day. I don't know what it was early start, late start, I don't know, it just wasn't our day. This wasn't our typical team."

"It's been our recipe for lack of success. We did the same thing against Marquette we had 22 in that game. When we've had losses that's typically the magic number that sticks out for us and that happened again."

On USF's Offensive Strategy...

"It is really hard... we try to be balanced. We have, if you look at our numbers we're pretty balanced I think with (Jawanza) Poland and (Augustus) Gilchrist are our leading score a lot of other guys with 8, 9 points a game but yeah we are not making shots from the outside. It's really difficult. And we don't score a lot of point but we were the second best field goal shooting team we were until today in the league and we are also the second or third best 3 point shooting team in league play so today' just wasn't one of those days for us."



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