Nov. 30, 2013
Georgetown 70, Lipscomb 49 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Verizon Center November 30, 2013
Georgetown University Head Coach John Thompson III
On the message to the team at halftime... I thought we needed to make shots. We had a lot of wide open shots in the second half and because we were getting the wide open shots, we kept taking them instead of trying to get the ball inside. I think in the second half we played more inside out. But even in saying that, we had different kinds of shots because we had more penetration in the second half, which is what we wanted to do. The shots we got in the first half were wide open shots that didn't get in. So you know, you're missing, it's frustrating but you can't let your attentiveness at the defensive end slip, which I thought we had a few possessions where we missed a shot and didn't do what we were supposed to on the other end.
On if not pressing against Lipscomb was by design... No. I just wanted to guard them in the half court. Their offense is pretty good. They have a motion offense where they try to put our bigs on the perimeter and then try to take it inside. I just wanted to get them reps on guarding that kind of action as opposed to pressing and we could have probably had a few more turnovers. I just wanted us to settle in and guard in the half court.
On the concern over fouls was the reason GU used a smaller lineup for portions of the first half... We were in foul trouble.
On J.C. Hampton's performance... To tell you the truth it was more so #52 [Malcom Smith] than #22 [Hampton] who was getting every offensive rebound that he wanted to. So we had to contain him. But #22 [Smith] is a good player. In watching tapes of them, he runs their team, he runs the show, he gets the ball where it needs to go. He is a pretty good player.
On D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera He is going to score. It was good to see him finally throw some passes and get some rebounds. He has a knack for that. He is a very good rebounder and he can see. The 17 points, I will say whatever to that, but the seven assists and the eight rebounds is something that we need more of that from him. I thought he did a good job.
On Lipscomb's point zone defense... They were effective with it and they will be effective with it and they know what their slides are. Sort of a Carolina Point zone. I thought in the second half we attacked it the way we should.
On Jabril Trawick... I thought he was very good for the reasons he expressed. He played hard and he got us going and all of a sudden the other guys started to feed off of his aggressiveness and his assertiveness and his energy. I thought he was very good in that regards.
On Georgetown's identity through six games... I think we do. I think we know what we need to do to win games. We have to continue to get better. We have to get to the point where the other team can't score. It is just as simple as that. Every shot that the other team gets is a tough, contested shot and then we get the rebound. If we do that, then everything else will fall into place.
On the extra challenge of having two different teams with Joshua Smith on and off the court... I don't think it is an extra challenge. I think we know how we want to play with whomever in the game. Are we much different when he is on the court? Absolutely. But it is not like we have to completely reinvent the wheel. We know what to look for when he is in there, how we are going to attack things. Defensively, how we need to protect him.
Junior Forward Jabril Trawick
On his mindset going into the second half...
"I thought that overall they just were playing harder than we were, that's the reason they were in the game, so my mindset in the second half was to come out and just bring the energy on both sides of the floor and just be aggressive, try to get in the lanes and find my teammates. I ended up getting a couple transition baskets and I actually got some rebounds today so I knew that would help us keep a lead on them."
On what he would tell a teammate who just got a technical foul...
"Just as if my teammates would come to me and tell me that that's not what we need or something like that. I think that Josh is a key part of the team, so having him in the game or having him keeping his head in order for him to perform is very important."
Junior Forward Mikael Hopkins
On his play in the second half...
"I just wanted to bring energy off the bench, we have good guards - Markel Starks and D'Vauntes, Josh in the middle - they're going to demand a lot of attention, so I just wanted to be out there to do the little things - rebounds - get the easy buckets."
On his mindset going into the second half...
"Just come out and be aggressive. Like Coach mentioned in the first half number 52 was all over the boards - I think he had five rebounds, ten points or twelve points at the half - so we just had to come back out and be aggressive, attack the glass, they were a smaller team, use our athleticism."
Lipscomb Head Coach Casey Alexander
"It's obviously a tough one for us, it's a touch match up. We are undersized and outmanned in every game we play physically and this was exponential in that regard. For us to stay in a game like that we have to make shots and if we're going to 5 for 26 we're not going be able to do that; nobody is if they play Georgetown and they shoot 5 for 26 from three."
On Lipscomb's 1-3-1 Defensive Strategy...
"Well, we knew we were going to play a lot of zone in this game. We'll play whatever defense gives us the best chance to win and it's not a traditional 1-3-1... we actually played two different zones tonight and we just felt like that was better for us. We felt like it minimized the size difference and we felt like we got the right guys to take the majority of threes for them in the first half and they didn't go in and so that's why we were able to keep the game close. Plus, their man stuff is hard to guard."
On Georgetown's Josh Smith Performance...
"It's a challenge for anybody that they're going to play. We prepared pretty hard and when you prepare for a game like this, you watch every game that Georgetown has played and (Josh Smith's) effectiveness was the same against Kansa State and Oregon and everybody else. He's just such a big guy and so skilled down there you're almost helpless. The only chance we had is to full front and have offside help there, and when we did that in the first half they actually threw the ball away. They tried to force feed and we got some turnovers but any time he catches it with you behind him, you're at his mercy He's a heck of a player; we were at our best tonight when he was sitting over on the bench watching."
On Lipsomb's J.C. Hampton Performance...
"He`s still on a little bit of learning curve, he's a freshman. We got a new staff and a new style and he's a freshman and so we're asking him to do an awful lot. But he's a real important player for us and... in the first half he kept us engaged and got us some easy baskets. The simple way to put it is, we go out the beginning of the second half and he turns over the ball, I think, on the first possession and we have to have him running the show for us, for us to be a good team."