Memphis Postgame Quotes vs Gonzaga
Feb. 8, 2014
“Our guys had guts tonight in order to get that win. Sometimes things are deeper than they may seem on the surface. Maybe the losses to SMU, Connecticut or even Cincinnati gave us what we needed to pull out the win tonight. When a team makes a run against us, we cannot allow it to avalanche. Tonight was the first time all year, since Orlando, that we did not let the game avalanche over our team.
We did a great job on handling the run. The game plan was to not let them make any three’s. I kept saying, I don’t care if the big guy (Gonzaga center, Przemek Karnowski), has 34 points, we are going to take the three out.
Defensively, we held them to 13 percent from behind the arc. They are a high offensive team, and to hold them to 54 points was huge.
This was the 100th win for the senior class of Joe Jackson, Trey Draper and Chris Crawford. It was also Joe’s birthday. I cannot leave out the crowd we had out there tonight. The crowd got us the victory today; they had guts and led us to victory.”
On Dominic Woodson's Ejection:
“Dominic did go down there and apologize. He did not mean to intentionally hurt him on that foul. The call was a flagrant two foul. I was told by Wren Baker that he will be able to play in our next game.”
On David Pellom's Play:
“David was a little hesitant out there due to his knee injury. We have to keep an eye on him and limit his minutes. Nick King came in for him and gave us a huge spark off the bench. My assistant coaches get the credit for the move to put King in there.”
On the spark to finish the game:
“Joe Jackson’s block on the seven-footer gave us the spark that we needed to pull off the win. That block started the run that we needed. The crowd also had a huge influence on the way we finished the game. All of our guys that played were awesome, and it was a guts win overall.”
“We went through a shooting slump from behind the arc. The failure to shoot the ball well from the three cost us the two home losses earlier in the season. Now that we are making shots, it is the best things for us. Overall, the play between our bigs and the shooting from our guards won us the game. We are going to be in games where we are not making every shot, but we made the ones that counted tonight. It is going to come down to defense at the end of the season. I told everyone in the huddle towards the end of the game that we have to continue to fight. I reminded them of the SMU game in which we gave up down the stretch. I wanted them remember how we felt after the loss. We came up with the stops we needed.”
“I was proud of our team overall. I was glad that I could contribute down the stretch with some shots. Joe Jackson made some big free throws and played a good game. We battled so hard, even when we were down by double digits.”
“My team seems to find me and they know where I like to shoot the ball. Joe’s block in the second half was the biggest play in the game from a confidence standpoint. It gave us the will to finish out the game. I always joke around with Joe about his height, but I think he showed us all something special with that play. Plays like that, show you how tough Joe Jackson can be. The crowd was the sixth man for us tonight. I want to thank them for coming out and giving us the energy to win this game.”
On the play down the stretch...
“I thought for long stretches of that game we really dominated, got the ball where we wanted and guys finished plays. They got a rebound when we were up nine and kicked it out for a three and started that run. We just didn’t execute and didn’t do a good job on making plays.”
On the game plan to score in the post...
“That’s where we had most of our success. They amped it up some, fronted a little harder and made the entry passes a little harder. We probably need to do a better job of getting it to the second side.”
On Memphis getting to the free throw line in the second half...
“They were driving really hard. They’re really quick and really hard to keep in front. We were trying to get in our gaps, but they were driving so fast. Because of the penetration, that broke down a lot of the rebounding.”
On Memphis out-rebounding Gonzaga...
“They are just big, athletic and strong. Guys that just went and got the ball better than we did. We’re better than that. We’re a better rebounding team, but we were tough minded tonight on the glass.”
On playing in FedExForum...
“We came in here to a really difficult environment and put ourselves in a position to win, and that’s what I want them walking out of here remembering. It’s a fantastic college basketball environment. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s big time.”