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Nov. 13, 2013

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On the offensive performance from the Hoyas guards...

It was what we expected to tell you the truth. The last game was not who they are, so for them to come out here and play like they did today is what we expected. They both have the responsibility to score points, but also to get their teammates involved. For some people it's easier than others to understand that responsibility, that they have to score points for us, but then they also have to get everybody else the ball in positions where they need it.

On the challenge presented by Wright State...

I told our team, (Wright State) is a very good team. Billy (Donlon) does a terrific job with them. They're going to be fighting for their league championship, they're the kind of team you see in the NCAA tournament and they're a veteran team. We were fortunate to get AJ Pacher in foul trouble early, that changed the dynamic of what they do, because he's such a point of emphasis with a lot of things they do. But that's a very good team.

On the development of Georgetown playing against man-to-man defense...

At this point in the year we have to be ready for everything. Quite honestly, we saw a lot more zone in the first game than I thought we were going to see, because Oregon is traditionally a hard man-to-man team. But Wright State is the same way. Billy likes to play hard man-to-man with a lot of help. A lot of our turnovers are part of the growing process.

On the turnovers by GU's post players...

A lot of Josh's turnovers, a couple of Moses's where a guy would cut, he would be by his man, but our passer has to see the next line of defense, which they are really good at providing that second and third line of defense. Some of our turnovers we were forcing it when it wasn't really there. We need to see the second third and fourth options. This time of year everything is new. As much as we have a veteran team, but this collective group is seeing man for the first time, zone for the first time, so it's a process.

On the progress Georgetown has made defensively...

We still have a ways to go. Was it progress? I'm not sure, I have to go back and watch the tape, but we still have a ways to go.

On if Wright State doubling Joshua Smith opened the floor for the Hoyas...

It wasn't just Josh they were doubling, they doubled every time it went down into the block. They came right away, so I don't think it was a game plan to double Josh. I think Josh had some turnovers that he normally won't have. We don't mind the double, we invite the double, he's normally very strong with the ball, Josh is a good passer. Josh getting doubled is something we anticipate happening this year, I think we can put shooters out on the court to get open shots and we have guys smart enough to know when and how to cut. (Doubling Josh) was very effective today, because both him and Moses had fumblitis, but that's fine, we don't worry about the double.

On Reggie Cameron...

Reggie can shoot, so Reggie did what Reggie does. I thought he was active and attentive defensively. He got hurt a couple of times in the first half in their zone where their bumps weren't fast, but for the most part from a defensive perspective I thought he was attentive and active. He also has to rebound for us, but he's feeling his way through it.

Senior Guard Markel Starks

On getting D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera the ball in tonight's game...

"Yeah he can shoot the ball, he can score, so you have to get him going and especially knowing that he can really score in the Verizon. That only adds to it and he shot the ball incredibly well tonight, 8-for-12 from the field, come on, he's in the gym, so he's gonna make shots."

On the presence of Joshua Smith and what he will bring to the team this season...

"Of course I mean we have more of a post presence than we did last year - not to take away from any of the returning players this year - but obviously throwing it down to Josh and him finding guys. At times he tries to force it, sometimes just because he might see it, but he doesn't see the help side defense coming. As time goes on he'll continue to get better at it, but it's fun to play with him."

On going into this game after having shot 1-for-15 from three-point range against Oregon...

I mean it plays a factor, but we know we have a lot of shooters, we have a lot of guys who can put the ball in the hole and 1-for-15 isn't characteristic. I mean that's just not us, I think we just couldn't find the rhythm shooting-wise and at the same time we'll continue to get better at our shooting. Just looking at the stats tonight we shot the ball well."

Sophomore Guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

On going into this game after having shot 1-for-15 from three-point range against Oregon...

"Uh yeah like he said I mean it was an unusual game I mean 1-for-15 we, you know we very rarely shoot that bad um I think that game we just weren't taking shots in rhythm you know we didn't get into the flow of our offense as much and uh as you can see tonight we shot the ball pretty well tonight so, that's what to expect."

On shooting better at home at the Verizon Center than on the road...

"I cant put my finger on it, I mean I plan on shooting just as well on the road, so I don't really pay too much attention to where I'm playing."

Coach Thompson: "The great student support that we get here helps the ball go in."

Wright State Head Coach Billy Donlon

Opening Statement ...

"Obviously congratulate Georgetown, really good team. Coach Thompson and his staff do a really good job. That's why they are usually winning or in contention for BIG EAST championships year in and year out. I was really disappointed with the way our guys competed. It's not why we've been good the past several years. At the end of the day, it is about competing at a high level and we didn't do that and we've got to get better there.

On Markel Starks...

Starks is a really good player. I told our guys that he would make winning plays from the minute the ball was tipped. I knew Georgetown was going to play with a great sense of urgency after losing a game to start their season and seniors are usually the ones who come out and try to take over and he did that. We've guarded, I mean Ray McCollum Jr. who's in the NBA now, we've guarded really high level guards and he played three games last year where he scored below 10 and two of them were against two of those guys trying to guard Starks. So when he goes for 23 and Rivera gets 25, that's a big time night against some pretty good perimeter defenders in the past.

On Wright State's game plan against Joshua Smith...

We were going to double off the post feeder and move on to the right guys to take shots. As I told my kids, Starks and Rivera can't get threes, everyone else can. If Lubick and Hopkins and Trawick make threes all night, that's fine. The problem was in the first half, their key guys got threes. We wanted them to beat us from the three-point line because, clearly the way the officiating is going this year, trying to allow them to play one-on-one in the post, they'd foul our whole team out and that was our approach. The big difference for us was we scored against them more than what they are used to, in my opinion. The problem was that we had 11 first half turnovers so if you have seven first half turnovers and you score on two or three of those possessions you have shots on, you go in 50-39 or 38 and it just has a little different feel to the game. So, certainly a lot of credit to Georgetown, but we did not play like a team that has nine juniors and seniors.

How much did their zone in the first half contribute to those turnovers?

It hurt us. Their length on the wings when they come up and stun at you, the ball stuck. Against zone you have to get it to the short corner/high post and we did. We usually had success. The big key was that those turnovers led to baskets and got the crowd involved. But I thought early, some of our shots, we had a back-cut layup to start the game that got blocked and we got some plays in the lane. The big key with Georgetown's size is you have to drive the ball the first time to the lane to collapse the defense and kick the ball out. We drove it the first time to the rim and, it don't matter who you play, they're going to block it. You got to kick it out and then close them out again and I thought we did a little better job of that in the second half. For us, the second half is all fool's gold. I played in a lot of games when you're up 20 and its all fool's gold. That second half is fool's gold for wright state and my kids will know that tomorrow morning when we watch film.

On AJ Pacher getting in foul trouble...

AJ is a skilled big guy. He can score inside so a puts a little more pressure on them defensively, to maybe get Smith in foul trouble. That just didn't go our way tonight and, this is high level basketball, and a big key word to winning is college basketball is "adjust". It was impactful, but we have good enough players to try to adjust and maybe make it more of a game than we did.

On Georgetown's 1-2-2 defense in the first half...

I thought early we handled it fine and then it was late, it was the blocked shots then all of a sudden out team played with some fear everywhere. Zone. Full court press. I thought the blocked shots really bothered us. Because early we broke the press, early we got good shots and then, I also thought that fueled them because then like `they can take it to the rim'. So it certainly was impactful.

 

 

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