Postgame Quotes

Dec. 15, 2012

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Head Coach John Thompson III

On countering Western Carolina's outside shooting early...
Going into the game, you probably couldn't tell by our performance, we wanted to limit their three point attempt. I think there first three or four baskets were three-pointers and then a four-pointer...with (Tom Tankelewicz), we told them going into the game, he's probably the best shooter we've faced all year. I think these guys sometimes just think we're just joking around, but after he banged four or five of them we were a lot more attentive.

On Jabril Trawick's ability to get to the basket and if it was something that was advised...
No, not this time, but he, as he always is, was very aggressive on both sides of the court. His intensity on the defensive end led to some buckets on the offensive end and led to a rejuvenated energy that he always brings when he enters the game.

On Greg Whittington's performance...
Greg was fine. I've said this before, I don't judge by how he does just looking at the stat sheet because he can do so many different things that don't show up on the stat sheet. In between Greg and Jabril in the latter part of the first half and the second half, these two are who guarded (Tankelewicz), and I thought Greg was very good, with a few mixups, for the most part not allowing the kid to get the easy looks he was getting at the beginning of the game.

Sophomore Forward Greg Whittington

On posting up dribble driving rather than shooting jumpers..
"Coach tells me to play inside out every game no matter who we play,"

On what you did differently second half
"We stepped it up defensively and limited them to tough shots and got tougher on the rebounds"

On his high scoring today
"Yes it was nice to have a good game and score a lot, but I still need to work hard everyday"

Sophomore Guard Jabril Trawick

On driving to the rim...
"Earlier in the game, I was hitting some outside open shots, but then they started to come out and pressure the ball, so I was able to drive and be aggressive..."

Western Carolina Head Coach Larry Hunter

On Georgetown...
"Well, I was very impressed with Georgetown when I watched them on tape and I think they got a lot of versatility defensively because they're all about the same size there across the board. They can switch a lot, their length is really a factor defensively, they've got some physicalness about them so they're really, really solid at that end of the floor. And then offensively, I think they're growing as I've watched them on tape and then saw them in person. I think they got a lot of room for improvement but you know tonight Gregg Whittington I thought his decision making, his post ups, his perimeter shooting. (Markel) Starks had some unbelievable finishes... you know, (Otto) Porter's Porter, he's really a good player... and the kid off the bench, 55... (Jabril) Trawick, really, he had a great first half too. They got some nice pieces to the puzzle. I'm very impressed."

On Western Carolina's Performance...
"Well, you know, you folks don't know us and probably don't have a lot of respect for us but I've got a really good bunch of competitors. I sat two key players (Trey Sumler and Brandon Boggs) down the entire first half and was really proud of our young guys. We had a lot of mistakes out there but they kept us in the ball game and once we got a little bit in rhythm...and I thought at the start of the second half, we decided at half time because of all the post ups in the last eight to ten minutes of the first half to really pack it in, and, you know, they came out and hit some jumpers. I don't think they're going to do that consistently and the last eight minutes we really tried to turn up the pressure so we're just trying to find something that could slow them down a little bit. My groups a pretty offensive team if you look at our stats and they got going a little bit there late."

On Tawaski King Performance...
"He's been that way with most people we played this year, to be honest with you. He's a man down there but he's only 6'7 and again that length and they've got some physical people too."

On Tom Tankelewicz Performance...
"Yeah, I thought they were aware of him going into the ballgame but until you get a good feel for somebody and he's played very well several games in a row. He can really shoot it and he does some other things well too but he's really our X factor. I think every team needs a guy that can light you up a little bit. That really helped when Georgetown hit a few jumpers out there. That changes the ball game a little bit."

On Western Carolina's Non-Conference Schedule...
"We've played several undefeated teams on the road; I mean we've played what eight or nine road games have (Georgetown) yet to play a true road game. Let's be honest about it, they're neutral sites, but you know that makes a little difference. I got to bring in a pretty good chunk of change every year to help our entire program, you know, it's just a different world so but you know when we get into our conference play, it's a good league, we're going to be fine."



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