Feb. 28, 2013
Connecticut Head Coach Kevin Ollie
I thought I had seen it all, but I guess I haven't. Just a great effort from both teams. Georgetown stayed with what they were running. The first half was not good basketball for both sides, offensively, but I think we gave everybody in the building a great game in the second half and those two overtimes.
In overtime, we had some crucial shots, but we just didn't take away the three when we were up seven.
I'm very proud of my guys. They fought....Down 12, they just kept battling, kept fighting, showed character, showed perseverance and showed heart. And that's what our team is all about. Our team is all about heart. You can say we're small, we don't rebound. You can write whatever you want to. But I hope you all write that we've got heart....I will go to battle with them any day. All of them.
The crowd was terrific once again. They kept giving us energy when we felt like we were dead in the water. Energy, energy, they kept giving it to us. Love them. Wish we could have pulled it out.
Everything happens for a reason, and this reason is teaching us another life lesson through this book that we're writing. Another chapter. We're going to go to Cincinnati and we're going to play with heart up there.
Adversity is the intersection between character and opportunity. This team has character and we had a great opportunity.
DeAndre had a great game. Our first double double of the year....He was everywhere. He played like we know he can. He fought. He took the challenge of Otto Porter and he passed it. Now, again, it's not one game. Now let's do it the last three games, and you come back next year and do it again...He did a phenomenal job rebounding, blocking shots, diving on the floor, playing with the attitude we want to see him play with. He fought tonight, and I'm very, very proud of him....Now we've got to see it consistently, and it has got to be a 'must.' It can't be a 'should.' Because we know what he can do.
On Porter's winning bucket
We just didn't cut him off. We let him get all the way to the lane.
On last shot
We weren't looking for that shot, but Otto Porter got to the rim with seven seconds on the clock....Ryan got the ball. You try to push it and get to the rim, see if we can get an offensive rebound, see if we can get a kick-out. They played good defense, they bottled him up in the corner and he just had to make the play.
It was very emotional game. These losses are the toughest. We fought so hard to win the game. You give it your all and you just fall short. These are the toughest pills to swallow. It's basketball; you've got to move on. We've got other games to play.
On Last Shot
It actually felt good coming off my hands but it fell short.
We showed a lot of heart today. Going down by 12 and still having the toughness to come back and go into double overtime, shows how much heart this team has. A lot of people say were not playing for anything but we're playing for the passion of the game.
All losses are tough. Sometimes when you feel like you had the edge and you give it away, those are the ones that really hurt.
It was a tough loss. We had the lead going down the stretch and we made some tough plays. They made some good plays. They fought hard, as well as us, and they came out with the win. On making the shot to tie it in regulation
I'm confident when I get the ball. That's one thing I've always had.
This is a team game. I just came out and my teammates found me and I was able to knock down shots.
On covering Otto Porter
He's a really good player. He's tough. He can shoot. He can dribble. He's a really good player.
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III
That was a hell of a basketball game right there. The guys in the other locker room, they could have cashed it in......They fought and fought and fought. We had our chances to end it. We didn't. Then we could have cashed it in. We fought and fought and fought.
That's a terrific team. That's not a good win; it's was a great win.
It turned into a shootout [in the second half]. Let's see who can make the most threes. It felt like they were making two for every one of ours.
I thought we did a very good job in the first half defensively with the exception of transition defense. Offensively we were stagnant. We were just standing around looking for each other. In the second half I think we got more movement. On top of everything else, we did a better job of getting [Otto Porter] the ball.
He makes winning plays. Coming down at the end, it was "let's get a stop and then let's get it to Otto and go."
It was a very tough match-up. He's a terrific player. He was just setting ball screens, popping, and we were having a miscommunication with that. He's a tough kid. He was knocking down shots when they needed it....He was playing good defense, trying to make it hard for me, clogging up the paint...He was terrific.
On winning shot
First, we were just trying to get the stop. That's what I was worried about. Once we got it, I just sprinted the lane. D'Vauntes was able to hit me and I saw Mikael sprint to the rim. So I was able to use him to get to the rim.
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