Georgetown-Tennessee Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 30, 2012

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Georgetown 37, Tennessee 36

Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center

Friday, November 30, 2012

Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach John Thompson III

On if there is any word on Nate Lubick's status ...

Not yet. I don't know what happened, he hit his elbow and it's going to get x-rayed once we get back to school. Said he felt a tingling sensation in his fingers, that's as much update as I can give you right now.

On if it was a frustrating to coach ...

I don't know that I've been a part of a game like that, to tell you the truth. Going into halftime, I felt we were getting easy shots that we were missing. I mean we were getting shots at the rim and it wasn't going in...So I don't think we needed to make that many adjustments, so then we came out and did the exact same thing in the second half. I don't know whether it was pretty or ugly or what, but I know I've never been part of a game like that.

On the impact of Georgetown's zone defense ...

We didn't go into the game anticipating that much zone, but we saw it was effective and so we stayed with it. Fortunately, our defense was good, if not very, very good tonight, the team scored 36 points ...What we need to improve on is out of there 36 probably about 20 of those were on second chances. They got too many offensive rebounds, particularly early, particularly in the first half. The zone caused them to take long shots and they got the long rebounds. It wasn't like they were just shoving us under the basket, they were just running down the long rebounds and we need to do a better job of that, but the zone was effective.

On the good starts at the beginning of the first and second halves and Tennessee coming back ...

I said this going into the game, they are a good defensive team. We knew nothing was going to be easy. That being said, we did get some easy shots, the ball just didn't go in. You walk away from a game where you scored 37 points and you win, part of you says, "I'll take that." We know we have a long way to go. We know are a work in progress, we know we are a young team ...we can do a few things different, we always can improve, but today was just one of those days where the ball just didn't go in the basket.

On if there is concern about the team's front court depth ...

I thought we were fine. We talk about our front court and we have (Greg Whittington and Otto Porter Jr) that can be front court players, we have Mikael, who is a front court player. With that being said we want to find opportunities to get Moses some minutes and BJ some minutes, both of them got a little bit tonight, but we're trying to win games.

On his decisions on who plays in games ...

I remember talking to the late Skip Prosser one day, and he was like, "Do you let your beat writers come to your practices?" And I said "No," and he said, "I let them come to every one." I said, "Well coach, why do you do that." He says, "Because then they'll stop asking me dumb questions about who I don't put into the games, because they see every day in practice what I see every day in practice." I see these guys every day in practice. It's easy to sit here and say, well so-and-so might be a gamer and if you put him in a game he might do something different than you see for three hours a day, six days a week, but I don't think so.

On the focus on defense ...

It's easy, particularly for a young team, when you're not scoring to not play defense. That when you're not scoring to not focus and get stops, this was as frustrating an offensive day that I can remember being a part of, but we still got stops, we still focused on defense, we still came down and got stops and that's not the worst thing in the world.

On if he could have anticipated that a basket with four minutes left would be the game-winner ...

I have been a part of a game like this. I think I was eight, playing with St. Anthony's, the game ended 13-11. I had 10 and we won that game, too ...Could I have anticipated the basket with four and a half minutes left would be the game-winner. No. Absolutely not. This isn't us, and this isn't (Tennessee), but we move on and get better and now we have to move on to Tuesday.

Sophomore Forward Otto Porter Jr

On maintaining patience in a low-scoring game ...

The shots just didn't fall, it's not like we weren't taking good shots for the most part. We just had to continue to play.

Sophomore Forward Greg Whittington

On if missing close shots is different than going cold from long range ...

Like Otto was saying, we know we were taking good shots, we just have to take our time, keep working and just keep playing through it.

On keeping Jarnell Stokes in check ...

During practice, Coach said to crowd him and make him throw it out and we did that today. We crowded him, we kept ball pressure on him and Mikael did a good job of staying in front.



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