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Dec. 20, 2012

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Memphis (7-3) 62, Lipscomb (5-6) 56
Memphis, Tenn. (FedExForum)

Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner

Opening statement
Give Lipscomb credit. Scott Sanderson is a dear friend and the staffs are friends. They did a great job. That was just a clunker, but we got the W. All I know is it's better to be 7-3 than 6-4.

That wasn't our team out there. That isn't who we are. We're a 70 percent free throw shooting team. We're missing free throws left and right. Shaq (Goodwin) is as good of a free three shooter as there is. He's shooting high in the 80 percents, and he shoots 3-for-10. We didn't have the energy tonight, but we found a way to win. You look around the country and see some of these other teams that lost just before Christmas. I'm glad we got out of here with a W.

There's no excuse for us to have a letdown after a game on Saturday. I thought we practiced well this week. We talked about it and talked about it. We were just in a funk today. Lipscomb beat us points in the paint. Part of that was we didn't score a lot in the paint because we were getting fouled so much. How many short shots did we miss or and-ones?

The good news is I thought Adonis (Thomas) played well. I thought Adonis really did some good stuff. He's been doing individual workouts these last few days hard and intense. I believe when you're struggling you need to do extra. You need to have intense individual workouts, and he's done that. All of the guys have come in and we've done practice plus individuals in the morning or afternoon, but Adonis has done intense individuals. He was doing them with Coach (Damon) Stoudamire. I've got to get Chris (Crawford) to do intense individual workouts too over the break period.

You get 24 turnovers and only 13 points. Why were you not able to turn those into points?
The first half we were turning around and turning it right back over. A couple of times we had opportunities and we got fouled. Then we ended up missing both free throws or making one of two. That's a big thing. We had 18 steals and 24 turnovers. The first half I think we only had 10 points off of turnovers. We did not convert well. We need to spend time when we get into two-on-one, two-on-two fast breaks, converting them.

On the play of Chris Crawford
I didn't think Chris Crawford played poorly. He didn't make shots, and he needs to make shots. But he didn't play poorly. I thought he had good body language, because I talked to him about that. I told him if I saw bad body language, I'm pulling you out. I thought he had good body language. I thought he played hard and did a good job defensively. He had seven steals. He just didn't make shots.

Lipscomb Head Coach Scott Sanderson

The game was ugly, just the way we wanted it. The game was a low-scoring game, just the way that we wanted it. I've just got to do a better job of coaching our guys. I just think I didn't do a good enough job coaching our guys, I'll take all the blame for that loss. They shoot 35 percent from the floor for the game and the last five minutes of the game, they shot five layups. So that's my fault, that's my fault for allowing that to happen down there. I've got to do a better job of getting our guys in front of the paint, because they shoot five layups in the last five or six minutes down there and we're making shots and going 3-for-19 from three and we don't have the lane runner and I gotta do a better job of coaching.

Our zone has been very effective for us. It's been very good, it shortened the game, which is what we wanted to do. We wanted to give them less possessions without field goals and two things kept haunting us were turnovers. We had 24 turnovers, but they didn't capitalize on it. They had 13 points, if they were going capitalize on it, it would been over, but they didn't and that kept us in the game. The free throws late, if we make those free throws, we're either winning or it's a one point game or two point game, but we don't make those free throws down the stretch and I got to do a better job.

This game was for the taking. We had every right to win this basketball game, but again, you have to be able to execute your stuff offensively and defensively down the stretch. You gotta be able to get the shot you want down the stretch. You got to be to get a loose ball down the stretch and we didn't do that.

 

 

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