Postgame Notes

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Feb. 20, 2013

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Georgetown Quotes

Head Coach John Thompson III

On Otto Porter Jr's Status...

I think he's going to be ok. He banged knees and he was sore. I think it scared him more than anything else. I don't think it's anything big, I thought we were able to get by without putting him back in. We were fortunate in that regard, If things got tight I could've put him back in.

On D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's big night...

He's coming along. What he did tonight, he can do. He puts the ball in the basket. As the year has progressed, he's gotten a little more comfortable. He knows where his shots are coming from. One thing you've heard me say about him, is he has the ability to score like he did today, but he also has the ability to get others involved and get his teammates shots, so he has the responsibility to do both.

On Georgetown's defense in the first half...

We needed to focus a little bit more at the defensive end. For the entire game, they did a very good job on the offensive glass, we did a very poor job on the defensive boards. Going into the game, the thing that we wanted to take away from them was their second shots and their transition baskets and early on I don't think we did a good job with that. Once we locked down everything changed.

On Georgetown's wanting to push the tempo...

We always want to get out and push it on change of possessions. I feel like there was a stretch in the first half, more so than any other time, where we did a pretty good job of it. That wasn't necessarily just a part of today's game plan, that's constant, that's all the time.

On D'Vauntes Smith Rivera's development...

I think it's a comfort level. I don't necessarily think it's that he's worked on this particular skill, he's been putting in the work, he's been putting in a lot of extra work in the gym and that's a good thing, that's a positive. He's a freshman. Everyone wants to come in right from day one blazing and it's taking him time to settle in, but he's getting comfortable out there with what we're doing.

On the importance of the win over DePaul heading into Syracuse...

Every win is a big win. I was very nervous coming into this game. You guys know my MO, I'm nervous for every game. We have media day the other day and probably 70-percent of the questions were about Syracuse and nothing about DePaul. Then you ask, "Are the players looking past the next game?" Well, if you guys stop talking about it, maybe they'll focus in on the next game. Yesterday, we probably had our worst practice of the year, by far. Once we settled down on the defensive end and made things more difficult for them to score, we fell into our rhythm on the offensive end as well.

Freshman Guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

On his big night...

"I just made shots in the gym. I go in every day, get repetitions, and I'm putting up shots. That's pretty much what it was."

On feeling more comfortable...

"It took me a little while, but like I said it's a comfort level and I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the system and our team in general, we have a lot of young guys so I think it's like that for everybody."

Junior Forward Nate Lubick

On D'Vauntes' game tonight...

"D'Vauntes can score the ball, and he caught fire in both halves really and I think we did a good job of running stuff for him and getting him the ball. He just wasn't missing today."

On being in a track meet...

"In the beginning of the game, I'd say middle of the first half, we got to a point where we were just trading buckets, we realized we needed to defend and rebound, they were getting so many rebounds, I think that really changed the game as we got a line of stops and finally boxed out and rebounded, we were able to score in transistion and get something going."

On sensing their frustration...

"No I mean I wouldn't say I sensed frustration."

On not looking ahead to Syracuse game...

"No I don't think we looked ahead at all. I said this the other day, we haven't looked at Syracuse, we haven't talked about Syracuse, we have been looking at DePaul, and focused on DePaul, and we will take a look at Syracuse tomorrow."

On D'Vaunes feeling more comfortable, the offense being more natural...

"I think Markel played really well tonight, he may not have scored the way he has been lately, but you see seven assists, and there were times where our offense got pretty stagnant, and he got us into stuff, I thought he was great. And Jabril was really good, attacking the rim in both halves."

DePaul Quotes

DePaul Head Coach Oliver Purnell

Opening Statement...

"I thought we got clearly handled by a very good basketball team tonight. I thought we got frustrated as we got into the game and Georgetown kind of feeds on that. We got off to a decent start and then we missed some really easy layups off set plays, point blank range and I thought that caused us to not be as sticky on the defensive end of the floor. I really was not happy with our ball pressure. I thought early on we were getting our hands on balls and really pressuring the ball, and making some things happen. Once we missed some easy shots, we stopped doing that. When you do that verse Georgetown they're going to get layups. Transition defense was awful; so now their getting layups in their half court, and getting layups in transition. You know, they shoot a high percentage, they shot it in the high 60's for most of the first half... 65 for the half and 63 for the game. Georgetown's not going to lose very many games when their shooting 63%. I thought part of that was they're very good at execution, they're very good exploiting what you don't do well but I just didn't think we handled the frustration of being on the road against a good team in the first half. I thought that we had a couple chances to really cut that thing going to the half and then we're down 14 against Georgetown. It's a hard team to chase because they do a good job of spreading you and working clock and getting the ball to point blank range. So, I thought they played extremely well, clearly I wasn't please with the fight we put up, but we got to regroup now, and get out of here tonight and a get back for UCONN at home on Saturday."

On DePaul's Lack of Aggressive Play...

"I just didn't think we had aggressive play and I was looking to light a little fire, get some aggress play; some pride, push and that kind of thing. I thought we got that to a certain extent but then we weren't sound. So there's just a poison pill against Georgetown; if you're not very sound they exploit that, if you're not aggressive and without a lot of effort they're always a tough team as far as that's concerned. That's why they're number one in the conference."

On D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's Performance...

"Our focus was on (Markel) Starks and (Otto)Porter, of course. They're such efficient offensive players. I think (D'Vauntes Smith) Rivera, if you look at his stat line, he hadn't shot it that well from three but if you look at his form, you understand if he gets a wide open look, it's going to go in. It's a little bit of a surprise that he was probably as offensively aggressive as he was but not that when he got it going and starts to get wide open shots he's a good player and a good shooter."

 

 

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