Georgetown vs. Duquesne Post Game Quotes

Nov. 11, 2012

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Georgetown 61, Duquesne 55
Sunday, November 11, 2012
LEGENDS CLASSIC - Verizon Center

Head Coach John Thompson III

On the Hoyas zone offense...
"I thought our zone offense was not that good again. I have to go back and look at the tape, but from where I was sitting the middle was open, but we just weren't throwing it in there. So regardless of what zone offense you run and what the zone defense is, you have to get the ball inside and play out of that."

On if the game felt like a season-opener after the second half was canceled against Florida...
"I think both teams were sloppy. We definitely were sloppy on both ends of the court. It's early, so it definitely felt like a season opener and we have a long way to go."

On D'Vauntes Smith Rivera...
"He was open, his teammates found him and he put the ball in the basket. I think that's how we have always operated and that's how we have to operate, just getting the ball to the open guy. He was open and he can shoot and he can score and he's a very good passer, it just so happened tonight that he was the recipient. We needed that, we were struggling a little bit and he made shots."

On Greg Whittington's rebounding...
"I thought Greg was very, very good today. He got 15 rebounds and most of them are what I call man rebounds, not ones that just fell to him. He went and got them over the rim. Greg Whittington has a lot of responsibility this year. Some days he looks at that responsibility as a burden, but it is what it is. He has a lot of responsibility to do a lot of different things. Most days he's going to have a very difficult defensive assignment. He's going to have to rebound the way he did today, he's going to have to get his teammates shots and he's going to have to score."

On pushing the tempo in the second half...
"We want to run. This year's team is a team that can really get up the floor, but to run you have to get rebounds and you have to get stops, you can't just say, let's run. I think we have the kind of team where it doesn't matter who brings the ball up. Greg can bring it up, Otto can bring it up, our guards can bring it up, we can just get it and go and everyone else can fill the lanes. With that being said, we made some bad decisions at key points. Two possessions, I don't know the exact time line, but under three minutes, where we don't have a clear advantage and we're still trying to push the ball up, but that's what this time of year is for is to figure that out."

On the difficulty of preparing for this game...
"I can't say that. They did the same thing, they played Friday night. We're going to have a whole lot of one day preps throughout the course of the year. One of the things I just talked to our team about, whether it's a one day prep or a two week prep, you have to listen to the scouting report. We have to go and execute and do what we laid out to do. I thought the execution of our game plan was not good."

"One thing I do want to say, because the game the other day was cut short, is happy veterans day. I want to thank all of the troops, the soldiers and the sailors and everyone who fight for this country and allow us to play a game. A lot of times we get caught up in everything that is college basketball, Georgetown basketball, our own little world, we lose track that it is a game. There are so many people out there fighting for this country and one of the reasons we felt, I felt and our institution felt so honored to participate in that event. It was one small way we wanted to thank, not only the people on the USS Bataan, but all of our service people who work and fight for this county and allow us to do what we do.

Sophomore Forward Greg Whittington

On rebounding and the physicality of the game...
"I just came into the game to work hard, do the things I know I can do and help my team win. The game is physical; Coach said it's going to be a physical game, so I just came to work hard." On picking up once Otto Porter Jr left the game... "I knew I had to step up even more, knowing that Otto went down."

On the foul line rebound late in the game...
"I just wanted to go and get that rebound. There was nothing to it, I just went and got it."

Junior forward Nate Lubick

On adjusting after losing Otto Porter Jr
"I think that might be part of why we looked a little sloppy, we started thinking about Otto not being in the game, and people started looking for their offense a little too much, but even without Otto we need to be willing to stick to our stuff and run everything through."

On D'Vauntes Smith Rivera...
"Like Coach said, he was the recipient of some good plays and knocked down open shots. I think the shots he knocked down were after multiple passes. Once we get the ball in the overload or down on the baseline, everyone is going to get open shots."

Duquesne Head Coach Jim Ferry Quotes

Opening Statement...
"I thought it was a pretty hard fought, physical basketball game by two pretty inexperienced teams. I thought the game got sloppy at times. I thought the key for us was we talked about trying to outrebound them by one each half and in the first half we were even on the glass and the second half we got outrebounded by four and nothing more crucial than that free throw rebound when we're down three. I got to see it again on tape, I thought our guys made an effort, it might have been their length and size that got it but that was a crushing blow right there. I am proud of my kids, I thought they played really hard. I'll go back to the first statement; I thought it was early, ugly basketball from two inexperienced teams. I don't know how John (Thompson) feels about it but his kids played hard and they are trying to figure out what they're trying to do and obviously we're trying still to figure out what we're trying to do."

On Derrick Colter's Performance...
"You're starting a freshman in the second game of his career, a local kid playing against Georgetown; how about that night? And he's inexperienced. The other night, I thought he was dynamic for us and he really scored but he turned the ball over and same tonight. It's like that in practice too, he has a good minute and a bad minute and that's a freshman. Fast forward this and we're going to see what Derrick Colter going to be in four years, and I think he's going to be a pretty good basketball player."

On Team Adjusting to New Offence...
"Offensively not very well, we're not shooting the basketball well. It's hard, there's a total adjustment because everything's different. These guys have given a great effort every day, they're working really hard, just got to get used to playing with each other because again, it's a lot of inexperience. We have two guys on this team that actually played minutes in the Atlantic 10, significant minutes in Sean Johnson and Andre Marhold and everybody else is really inexperienced so I think it's all new for everybody just playing game experience so we have to get that and hopefully we'll grow a little bit from this trip."



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