Post-Game Quotes: Georgetown vs. Memphis

Dec. 22, 2011

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Georgetown 70, Memphis 59
WASHINGTON - Verizon Center
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Head Coach John Thompson III

On Hollis Thompson's defensive effort against Will Barton...
One, I thought Hollis was extremely attentive. Will is hard to guard because he plays so hard. Even on a day when you talk about us doing a good job guarding him, he has a double-double and was extremely effective for them. So he puts so much pressure on you in every part of the game. With Will you have guard him in the half court, you have to sprint back and guard him in transition and you have to keep him off the boards. As much as you'd like to credit an individual it was really a team effort.

On comparing the game against Memphis in Maui to tonight...
I think particularly in the start of the second, but for most of tonight, our defense was very very good. Standing here now, I feel like a large percentage of their points were when we had turnovers, mistakes that we made, that led to transition baskets. That's what they do, that's one of their strengths. I think when we stopped their transition and when didn't have careless turnovers our defense was very good for large stretches of tonight's games.

On Georgetown's turnovers...
I don't know if there is a particular thing that you can point to. They went to a zone, normally I get excited when teams go to a zone, because we pick it apart, but they did a very good job with it today. I think in several instances we may have heard all week about how good a passing team we are and we may have made too many extra passes, trying to make things happen that weren't necessarily there.

On the team's rebounding effort...
Hollis did a good job rebounding, Henry did a good job on the boards, Jason Clark joined the rebounding party and got some rebounds in the second half when we needed them.

On if Otto Porter's development is a surprise...
Not anymore. I think heading to Beijing, but at this point what he's doing is not a surprise, we expect it.

On the strong start in the second half and what caused it...
Great halftime adjustments by the coach. I'm not sure, I think at halftime we settled down a bit. I don't know that there was any major thing we did, I don't even remember the halftime talk. In the second half we were doing a much better job of communicating on all of their curls. In the first half we were getting lost and guys were open. These guys did a much better job of communicating on a lot of their curl or wheel action so they were always in front of them, which helped us get stops and led to baskets on the other end.

On the team's progress going into the BIG EAST...
I don't know I function like that. Meaning, I don't sit down at the beginning of the year and say at this point I want to be here or we want to be there or we're ahead or behind. With me, and hopefully with these guys it's day to day. It's lets come to practice, let's get better today, let's not think about we want to be here at the start of BIG EAST play...we just want to understand where we're flawed, how to fix those flaws and get better.

On Markel Starks early three-pointers...
He's been shooting well all week. The last game he came in and hit three or four during the course of the game. That's more of a blip, he can put the ball in the basket.

Senior center Henry Sims

On his performance...
I have to stay active. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball. I forced a couple of shots early, but they kept getting me the ball.

On Georgetown's transition offense at the end of the first half...
It definitely boosted our confidence and gave us a little momentum coming out in the second half.

On the difference between this game and the last game...
Different games pose different things. Last game things were working more than others, but (Memphis) scouted us and forced us to do some different things.

Senior guard Jason Clark...

On stopping Memphis...
We focused on that all week, playing them hard and helping each other. Our pressure caused them to turn the ball over and we were at at the right place at the right time and that leads us to points.

On the difference in the second half...
Communication. We communicated with each other a lot more. In the first half there were some screens where we should have switched that we didn't in the second half we wiped that out.

On beating Memphis twice...
It's always good to beat a team two times in a row. That's the type of game we're going to be playing when we get into the BIG EAST so this will boost our confidence.

On frustrating Jackson...
I could see he was frustrated. He wasn't attacking as much as he normally does. I think our pressure, our help pressured him a lot and he couldn't get to the seams he wanted to.

Junior Forward Hollis Thompson

On the defensive effort against Will Barton...
It was definitely a team effort. We saw in the tapes that he likes to drive to the middle, so when he did all of my teammates sunk in and helped me out.

On his offensive rebounding...
I think it was very important. When you play against a team that fast breaks as well as they do, you're always nervous about getting back, but because they get out and run I think they leak out a little bit and that just creates offensive rebounding opportunities for us.

Memphis Head Coach John Pastner

Opening Remarks:
We just had a team meeting and needed to air a few things out, because it was the right thing. Before we got to Christmas break, we just needed to air some things out, and I thought it was a good open discussion.

No one in there is happy to be 6-5. Have we played a tough schedule? Darn right. But we're too good to be sitting at 6-5. We're going to find a way to take this into a positive. We have no other option.

Who led the team meeting?

I obviously led the talk, but I wanted to hear from everybody, and for everybody to talk and get some things out in the open, which I think was positive. It was a very positive talk.

We need to get better in some areas. It's little things, so I'm encouraged in a lot of areas. We still lost the game, which stinks and we've got to give Georgetown a lot of credit, but we've just got to get through the break, come back and get back to work and get on a streak.

It was very cordial, it was just things that needed to be talked about.

You can only have so many meetings. Now we've got to move forward.

On the second half...
The zone helped us comeback, we had some chances late, but again, it's one of those things, we played well late. We don't need to wait until the last 10 minutes. It's got to be a 40 minute game.

We had 18 turnovers. That killed us.

Did you feel there was offensive flow?
I thought our best offensive flow was when we got stops in our zone, and we were able to come down and score. I didn't think we had great flow at all, we had some open looks, we didn't stick some shots we needed to, and we had too many turnovers, in some key situations. And we missed some free throws down the stretch again.

Did you think the team quit in the second half?
You're losing, and there just wasn't energy. There was bad energy. That's been an achilles heel for us, we haven't been able to sustain a 40 minute game of energy.

What about that play in first half when the game was stopped?
I didn't touch him. The refs gave me a bench warning for being out of the bench box.



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