Feb. 9, 2013
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III
On Grinding Out the Win:
"It was a typical BIG EAST game. I think at halftime I said it to the guys, `It's going to be one of those games where we're going to have to grind it out, possession by possession.' They are a very good team, and they're well coached and they put so much pressure on you. Eli Carter is pretty good, huh? But we knew what it was going to be, we had to stay focused, and it was one of those games where we could tell early on it's going to come down to the end and we're going to have to make the plays at both ends of the court.
On the Team's Foul Trouble:
"We practice it all year and it's played out all year. Guys have to step up. Nate [Lubick] was in foul trouble early and Mikael had one of his better games in a long time, and we needed it. And that was good, because we needed to production he gave us. Moses came in and had some good minutes. I thought he had a few bad bounces, but Moses came in and gave us some good minutes, AB [Aaron Bowen] came in and gave us some good minutes, so even though we were in foul trouble we were able to go deep into our bench and our guys can and have produced."
On Cracking Down Defensively in the Second Half:
"They are a good offensive team. We could sit here and talk about what we attacked and how we adjusted to change but I can't remember a team shooting 50 percent against us in a long time. You can do the research on that, I could be wrong, but there were too many good offensive players that made open looks that they were getting. I think in the second half we were doing a slightly better job of not giving them the open looks that they were getting in the first half."
On Otto Porter's Performance:
"Otto Porter is Otto Porter. I thought he was terrific, I always think he's terrific. He made a couple plays and he came through and got two big rebounds when we needed him, but that's what he does. He's one of the best players in the country and the best players in the country come through when it's winning time. He consistently comes through at winning time."
On His Performance:
"I feel as though once Nate went into foul trouble, coach allowed me to play a little bit longer and I was able to get into m groove and when I made mistakes he let me play through it. But I was out there just trying to make my teammates better. Coach tells me all the time `Don't help me score help me get my team involved and then we can get the offense going' and then my shot can get going, so that's what I did.
On Knocking Down Late Free Throws:
"Coaches always tell me play until the buzzers goes off and that's what I did. He put me on the free throw line and I haven't been the best free throw shooter this year but I've been working on it. I went to the line, knocked down two free throws, their guy came in and tried to get an easy layup and I blocked his shot."