Feb. 22, 2012
Box Score |
Memphis (20-8, 10-3 C-USA) 70, East Carolina (12-14, 3-10 C-USA) 47
February 22, 2012
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Memphis Postgame Quotes
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
Talk about clamping down on defense in the second half and limiting ECU to 22 percent shooting after halftime.
They hit some tough threes in the first half. They hit some with our hands right in their faces. It was good defense and better offense. There was one where Miguel Paul hit one with Antonio Barton literally in his face. [Shamarr] Bowden also hit a couple - he played well against us in Greenville, [N.C]. Overall, to hold a team under 30 percent for the game is really positive. I think that's our lowest since we played Charlotte. That's how it needs to be. We had gotten away from the defense a little bit in the last couple of games. Our identity has been on the defensive end, and we kind of got away from that. So, we got back to the defense and we stepped up and did a good job defensively. We still have to make more free throws. We missed too many. We had way too many turnovers. They had 17 points off our turnovers in the first half. We only had three turnovers the second half, but 13 in the first half. We have to do a way better job of taking care of the ball. But, points in the paint - 24 points in the paint each half.
Why did you decide to take the names off the back of the jerseys?
I felt after Saturday's game against UTEP - I was miserable. I was waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats. I was in a daze after that game. I was just furious with our effort in that game because it was a warning sign. So, I felt our approach wasn't right. When your approach isn't right, it means you're taking a team for granted or playing selfish basketball. So, we shut the locker room down. The players weren't allowed to be in the locker room or practice with anything that had the name Memphis on it. And, we took the names off the back of the jerseys because when you play in this program, no one is bigger than this program. It's about Memphis, and it's a privilege and honor to wear something with Memphis on it. It's a privilege and honor to be in that locker room, and you have to earn that right to get that back. Based on tonight's performance, I'll probably allow them to get back in the locker room and practice in Memphis jerseys. But, I'm not putting the names back on the back of the jerseys. We're done with the names on the back. I might be done with the names on the back of the jerseys for the rest of my career because it's always about the name on the front of the jersey.
East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo
In the second half, the wheels came off. We turned it over way too many times and that was something that we had talked about at the half.
The turnovers really crushed us and we couldn't get back into the game because of it. Our point guard [Paul] had eight and [Maurice] Kemp had six in 19 minutes. That's one thing--you can't have live-ball turnovers against them [Memphis], they will convert those into buckets.
When we got into a five-on-five situation, they (Memphis) had much more trouble scoring the ball, but the turnovers were the big difference in the game.
Our inability to score in the second half really hurt us as well. We got nothing from (Darrius) Morrow, in this game. It is very tough for us to win with only getting one bucket from him, and that was off a goaltending call. He had a tough night.
I thought that in the first half we did alright, but in the second half, we just ran into too much athleticism, too much speed and too much quickness. That forced us out of our comfort zone, in a lot of areas. That ultimately made us pay defensively.
On Memphis' holding ECU to only 28 percent shooting
That is low, but it wasn't even so much that, it was the turnovers. Obviously, we would have had more chance to score if we had more shots.
It was remarkable, really. They forced us to put the ball on the floor and drive it a little bit, and we made some shots in the first half and we had a nice rhythm. But, in the second half we just melted down offensively.
On the play of Miguel Paul
He played well. He shot the ball well and he ran the team well, for a half. But, the game is 40 minutes and we just didn't get it done tonight. We have to have some guys step up and make some shots for us, and we didn't get that done tonight.