Men's Basketball
Postgame Quotes



Dec. 8, 2012

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Head Coach John Thompson III

On Georgetown's offense in the first half...
It's got to get better. I told the guys this, at this point we have a lot of growing up to do. We're immature offensively, in that we have a lot of guys that are thinking trying to figure out what to do, what reads to make and it's something we have to work on.

On whether they overlooked Towson at the start...
No, I don't think so. Stating the obvious, we're very familiar with their personnel. Not only was Jerrelle here, but two other guys we played against in conference play. That's a CAA team, that's a talented team, that's a well-coached team, so I don't think we overlooked them by any stretch of the imagination.

On if Georgetown's shooting is a concern...
When we get there I'll let you know. You have two games like that, I'm always concerned. You shoot 29-percent for the game and 12-percent from three, so is that a concern? It's obviously something we have to look into and figure out, but we have good offensive players. I felt this was much different than the Tennessee game, because against Tennessee we were getting point blank shots that weren't going in...Today our flow wasn't as good as it needed to be in both halves.

On if it was a concerted effort to take the ball inside in the second half...
They were a very aggressive team, so we felt like in the first half they were giving us jump shots. I'll have to go back and look at it, but I don't feel like too many of them were bad shots. They're giving us open shots, they just weren't going in, but we settled for them. In the second half, without a doubt, we said let's get it inside, let's try to get to the foul line instead of settling for the slightly contested jump shots that they were giving us.

On Georgetown's defense...
It was one of those games where we said, "let's make this as ugly as possible." I think you guys have heard me say, we can win in different ways. We can win at a fast pace, we can win at a slow pace, we can win what purists may call pretty, but we can also win ugly. I thought in the second half we had to win ugly today the way the first half went. We wanted to just pound it inside and our guys figured out if we keep doing that we're going to get fouled because of how they were playing us. Defensively we junked it up a little bit.

On Jerrelle Benimon's inside knowledge of the team...
He might know what we're trying to do more than some of the guys in our locker room. He's a very smart player and he's a tough player. As I told our guys, that's not an excuse, because once conference play starts, every team we play is going to know what we're doing, they're going to know our calls, just like we're going to know what they're doing and what the calls are. I thought Jerrelle was Jerrelle tonight.

On making hustle plays...
Whether it's Nate, or Greg, or Otto, or Markel, or anyone else in that locker room, we have to make the hustle plays. So there were a couple of possessions where Nate got on the floor, he had a good tip that led to a dunk by Greg, but that's something that is everyone's responsibility.

On not going deep into his bench...
You have to play the game that is in front of you. I did not feel comfortable going much deeper than whatever I went today based on who we had, so those guys will need to get work in practice.

Junior forward Nate Lubick

On matching up against former teammate Jerrelle Benimon...
It was a little weird, just because I played with him freshman year and we play the same position and we kind of knew each other's tendencies, but it was a good experience.

Sophomore forward Greg Whittington

On his impression of Towson...
They're a division I basketball team and they came in here playing hard and we just have to step up and play hard throughout the whole game.

Towson Head Coach Pat Skerry

On Towson's Rebounding Effort...
"We did a good job. We wanted to be plus ten. We've been top twenty in the country rebounding it and it obviously helps having a great rebounder like Jerrelle (Benimon) on the floor, I mean, he was obviously a monster... We've had some foul trouble... I think for us is, we could become a pretty good ball club in our conference if we have that type of effort and commitment to defending and rebounding on a nightly basis."

On Towson's Transformation...
"The biggest thing is our new and better players. When you get good players, it makes you look like a pretty good coach. We're playing nine guys, seven of them are new this year. And, you know, when I was fortunate enough to get hired at Towson coming from Pittsburgh, we just had a lot of scholarships, had a lot of issues, and the proverbial train was off the tracks; so we spent the year trying to change habits, and you know when you look at a program like Georgetown, they have a program because they have a change of habits, they have culture. We've been able to change our habits and are in the midst of hopefully changing our culture. It all starts with good players and I love the guys we got on the team right now. We got some talent and they compete pretty hard and as we get more and more cohesive, I think we have a change of having a pretty good ball club and obviously build a special program."

On Switching to a Zone Defense at the End of the Game...
"Well, we thought we would use more zone, we practiced it every day sometimes maybe a little reluctant to use it. Our big kind of thought process going into it was if the game got tight going into the late it's a little bit harder to make long jump shots. They have good shooters but the pressure we thought was kind of on their shoulders at that point and we said we would pack it in a little bit and see if they could knock down a shot."

Impact of Bilal Dixon Fouling Out...
"It hurt us obviously, he was doing some work in there and I thought it was a pretty physical game so obviously we were disappointed he picked up fouls. You know, we need him on the floor because he is a big guy that can score the basketball, he's a physical presence so we would have liked to have him out there a little bit longer. "

Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon

On the emotions of playing against his former team...
I was pretty pumped up coming back to Verizon Center. It was a good experience, I'm still pretty cool with the coaches and a couple of the players, so it was fun to see them again.

On keeping his composure and not getting too excited...
The Vermont game got us ready, got me ready. I came in here trying to play good defense and we just came up short.

On his knowledge of Georgetown's offense...
I could read stuff. I played in the offense, so it's just a whole bunch of reads, so once you see one thing you can sniff it out. It helped a lot, especially in the first half.

On what Georgetown did well...
There pressure got to us for a stretch of time. We had a couple turnovers, especially me, I have to calm down on that. They're real long, so it's hard to make passes over the top or bounce passes back to the guards.

On his transition at Towson... My transition to Towson has been good. I have good teammates and good coaches, so that helps a lot. Guthrie is a real good person and he's a D.C. native, so it was fun for him to come back, as well and he's going to be a good player for us. He's real aggressive, he drives hard and he plays good defense , so it helps.

On being a focal point at Towson and if it is the experience he was looking for leaving Georgetown... I mean yeah, obviously who doesn't. Georgetown was a good experience, who wouldn't want to play at Georgetown? But things change.

 

 

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