Dec. 19, 2011
RV/RV Memphis (6-4) 85, Lipscomb (6-7) 75
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
There is no issue offensively. We just have to guard people, whether it be man or zone. Sure we out-rebounded them, but they had 13 offensive rebounds which led them to the 21 second chance points. We now have 114 second-chance points on the year and the opponent has 140. That can’t happen. That has been our Achilles heel.
We took care of the ball much better today, which is really good for the pace that we play. We will watch film tonight, and we’ll get ready for Georgetown. Like I told our guys, we want to get on a streak and you can’t do that until you win that first game, which we did tonight.
On Allowing Second Chance Points
That is something that we have been working on since day one. What ends up killing you is the second-chance points. They probably hit five three-pointers off of second-chance points. We have got to get better at not allowing second-chance points. We have got to find ways to gang rebound and come up with rebounds.
On Memphis’ ability to share the ball
I am really proud of the guys; 18 assists on 33 made field goals. We only had nine turnovers, which is good. We still need to make more free throws, but I was really proud of Tarik Black. He hit two big free throws down the stretch, but we have got to get him more defensive rebounds. I am really proud of him for stepping up and making those two (free throws). Overall, there were some positives. I thought that Adonis Thomas gave us some good minutes.
On dominating points in the paint 44-30
We wanted to establish points in the paint, and we did that. For Lipscomb, the only way have a chance to hang around is three-point shooting and they shot 40 percent from three. Our goal is to keep that under 30 percent and that is something we have done well this year.
Lipscomb Head Coach Scott Sanderson
I thought we competed for the whole game tonight and I thought we did a nice job in executing the scouting report and what we were trying to do both offensively and defensively.
How important were some missed free throws down the stretch?
We missed some free throws down the stretch, and when you’re on the road and you miss free throws a one or two point game becomes a six or seven point game. There were a couple of times where we missed the front end of one-and-ones and that hurt us. I thought we did a much better job taking care of the basketball and I felt like that is what kept us in the game with just five turnovers.
Memphis’ five turnovers and the seven steals you created seemed to help your offense:
I thought we were great taking care of the basketball and we were very selective. I thought we were real patient offensively and got better shots than we did in the last game. Deonte Alexander made some shots and that helped our offensive execution. Late in the first half, we were able to execute a couple of set plays. We got the shot we want with our offense. We just have to keep getting better.