Georgetown vs. Florida International - Postgame Quotes



Dec. 28, 2013

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Georgetown 92, FIU 57
Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On the players' energy in the first half...

"Without a doubt. I think we came out extremely focused. This is one of the few games you're going to have time, there's not too many negative things you can say, I thought we played a very good first half at both ends of the court, I thought we did a god job in the first half on the board. So much of their offense is generated by their offensive rebounding and I think initially we took that away.

On Georgetown's execution in the second half...

"It was okay. The start of the second half I thought we were flat, our defense let up and all of a sudden they got into a rhythm offensively but I don't think any of us anticipated them having a second half similar to the first half, they couldn't get anything going in the first half. They have very good ball players and they're a well-coached team so we knew they were going to bounce back a little bit - twenty-two got going a little bit there which gave them some energy - then all of a sudden their big guys got going a little bit.

On Georgetown's defensive pressure...

"We wanted to pressure them - and I don't just mean full court in the half court - we wanted to pressure them, and I think for the most part tonight it was successful.

On the Hoyas emphasis on getting the ball in the paint...

"Probably a little bit of both. We have to get points in the paint and we have guys who can score in the paint between Josh and Nate - who I thought was pretty good today - Mikael, we have different people we can throw in the paint also. We also have other people like Jabril that we can throw the ball down to. We have to pay inside, we can't just work around the perimeter. Once you go in a couple times the shots that our perimeter guys are getting are much easier.

On the points of emphasis going into this game...

"As it relates to this game the point of emphasis was that we have to rebound, we have to limit them to one shot.

On his strategy going into the DePaul game...

"DePaul is a little different but I think we've handled pressure in the full court. DePaul's probably a little bit more pressure than (FIU's) is, but I think they just wanted to slow us down, I think it was less time in the half court. But we'll see, hopefully.

On why D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was not in the starting lineup today...

"He got back from Christmas late.

On why he kept many of the starters in after creating a 30-point margin...

"It just felt right.

Senior guard Markel Starks

On the change of energy to start the game...

"It was spread out across the board, not just from the starters. We came out much stronger, not just offensively, but defensively as well. After Kansas, we had a talk, and our mindset really changed after that. The past is the past, and moving forward we have to become a better defensive team.

Senior forward Nate Lubick

On today's turnaround after Kansas...

We defended today, right from the get go. We were able to create a lot of offense from our defense that allowed us to get out to a big lead in the first half.

FIU Head Coach Anthony Evans

Opening Statement ...

Wasn't much of a game. Georgetown came out and they dominated from the very start. We didn't play good defense, we didn't have good energy and they did what they were supposed to.

On if he was pleased with FIU's fight in the second half ...

Somewhat. They showed some character, but I think we have to do that from the beginning of the game. It can't happen when we get down.

Regarding Georgetown's run in the first half ...

I don't think we were in to it mentally. Some guys who normally start, didn't start. So the flow was a little bit different, but Georgetown is a good basketball team. They came out, they executed, they put pressure on us, they got turnovers and they jumped out.

Regarding who did not start who normally does ...

Tymell Murphy, Rakeem Buckles and Jason Boswell. Coaches decision.

Regarding slowing down Georgetown's frontcourt ...

I think they have a lot of options. That's what makes it difficult. They can throw it into (Joshua) Smith and he's a dominant player down there, once he gets around the basket. And when they are knocking down three-point shots, you have to pick your poison.

Regarding second half timeout ...

Rakeem Buckles was tired and a couple of guys were grabbing their shorts. So I just wanted to get them a blow before the media timeout that was coming at about eight minutes.

Regarding past coaching experience in the MEAC ...

Well you played against some very good coaches, some very good teams and you have to learn on the fly. In the six years that I was there, it taught me a lot. So I take every game and learn something new.

Regarding his surprise at how long Georgetown pressured on defense ...

No, not at all. They have athletic players that can get up and down the floor. So when they came out in the 1-2-2, we tried to handle it and didn't handle it well. We turned the ball over and that just fueled them. Normally they play a 2-2-1, but we knew that they were going to throw some sort of pressure on us because we turned the ball over 65 times in the past three games before this one. So we knew we were going to face some pressure.



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