Post-Game Quotes: Auburn 74, Georgia 67
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AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 1, 2014

Auburn Basketball 2013-14
Georgia at Auburnbr> Saturday, Feb. 01, 2014

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee
On the game...
"I'm happy for the guys. We did not have the energy we had the other night, and so we made it harder on ourselves, but I still like the way we responded in some adverse situations. They are a good team and they have played good all year, but we responded and at the end of the day we had five guys in double figures which was big. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum had a great game, not just a good game. He was a huge presence out there because he wasn't over thinking anything, he just went out and played. Obviously the little things I always talk about make a difference in us. Shooting free throws like we did made a huge difference."

On Allen Payne...
"That's what seniors are supposed to do. I have been talking about guys having moments, and big moments and big spots in games aren't just reserved for your catalyst, KT Harrell and Chris Denson. Everybody is capable of having big moments, and Allen Payne had big moments today. Some lay-ins there and the big and one, and he stepped up and made his free throws."

On the Matthew Atewe...
"I thought Matt played really well early in the first half, and then he had a stretch where we couldn't overcome the missed layup and he couldn't let it go and he got into a little bit of a funk. We kept talking to him on the bench about letting that stuff go and moving on, and he was able to move on because he came up with that big block."

On shooting free throws...
"We have been practicing it all year long. You don't play the first 11 games of the season and shoot over 70 percent as a team and lead the SEC in free throw shooting and not be a good free throw shooting team. We have gotten back to making them. Our routine hasn't changed. Guys are just stepping up with confidence and knocking them down."

On how this game helps boost confidence in close games...
"We have got a hard stretch, going two games on the road. South Carolina is playing well. This team has played well on the road. We found a way to get over the hump at home, now we have to find a way to get over the hump on the road."

On focusing on the process...
"We focused on the process and we have gradually gotten better every single game. Not just these last two. We have gotten better even through those first six, and that's all we are focused on. If we will focus on the process, and getting better and doing our jobs and playing our role the results will come."

On KT Harrell and Chris Denson...
"That's what they are supposed to do. They are supposed to have their moments. Whether it is big games, a big half or both together. Last game was both the guys playing together for 40 minutes. Today they took turns in each half. Not just shots and free throws, they made big plays."

On Tahj Shamsid-Deen...
"Is he even a freshman? Because he doesn't play like it. He is wise beyond his years."

Chris Denson
On beating Georgia...
"It's always good. It's always good to beat Georgia, a hometown team. They often overlook you, so it is a great feeling beating them."

On winning back-to-back SEC games...
"It feels good. But that is just us putting in work and having good finishes once again just like the Alabama game. Adversity hit late, and they started making a run. A couple of games ago we might have just let that lead fall, but we have a different mindset now about finishing."

On performance of other teammates...
"Their performances were big. Honestly we wouldn't have won these last two games without Matthew Atewe and Asauhn Dixon Tatum's play. Matthew had a clutch block with a minute left. Coach always says, `Two players can't be the team.' We need everybody like Tahj Shamsid-Deen to do his role. We need Allen Payne and Asauhn. They are all really coming in and doing their job. And that is what we need to keep going against South Carolina and the next few SEC games."

On free throws...
"I practice them everyday. After the Missouri game, I took the blame and I took it pretty hard because I missed so many free throws. I get so mad when I miss them now because I work on them day in and day out. I am just at the free throw line so much. It feels like I am there all game."

On the key for winning the past couple of games...
"I just think it is confidence and poise. Coach always reiterates the little things like making free throws. I think it all comes with confidence and us having that right mindset."

On Asauhn Dixon-Tatum's performance...
"That was one of his best games. This and Clemson. We need Asauhn to play like that every game. If Asauhn and Matt play like they did tonight, we could win a lot of games."

On team effort...
"The team effort was huge today. You have to give credit to Dion Wade. When KT came out Dion went in and he really knows his role on this team. So I give a lot of credit to him when KT came out. So that is one thing we reiterate, everybody playing his role."

Tahj Shamsid-Deen
On motivation to beat Georgia...
"I take everything as a challenge. I know people always say my size is an issue. But since it was Georgia, a hometown team, and they didn't look at me and I used that as motivation. And thank God we came out with the win today."

On ankle injury...
"It's fine. It just got rolled on a little bit. We have a great training staff and they fixed me right up. It felt good to come back out."

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox
On what made the difference in this game...
"The difference ended up being the free throw line. We sent them there way too much and they shot their free throws well. We didn't shoot ours as well and we didn't get there as much. We didn't get off to a very good start so we played from behind, but ultimately the foul line killed us."

On mindset late in the game...
"I thought we had a chance to win. We needed a stop and a rebound and unfortunately we didn't get sent to the foul line. Instead of getting the ball back down one possession, we got it back down two."

On Nemanja Djurisic...
"Being in foul trouble, he didn't play well in the first half. He had two fouls and we need him to play well because he's a big part of our team. He played better in the second half so we were better in the second half."

On improvement from last game...
"We played better today than we did the other night. Kenny Gaines didn't play well today which is a product of not practicing for ten days. If you don't practice, it's hard to maintain a great rhythm. We played a little better tonight but not enough to win."

On Houston Kessler...
"He's a freshman behind many upperclassmen but I wasn't pleased with our upperclassmen's response the other day. I put Houston in there and he did a nice job while he was in there."

On losing momentum from the start of league play...
"We're not the most confident group but we've got to be tough enough to deal with a loss and react to it."

On post-game message to the team...
"We made too many mistakes to win on the road. Ultimately, on the road you have to play with fewer mistakes in order to win."

On Kenny Gaines' importance...
"He is critically important. We were handicapped without him. Today, having him back allowed us to be more whole but we need him to play well."

Georgia Guard Charles Mann
On how fouls affected the game...
"The refs did their job and we didn't lose because of the refs. We just didn't play well."

On dissatisfaction with team performance...
"We've got to go hard in practice and just correct it. It's still kind of early in league play, we're 4-4 and we have to go from there."

On mindset when the score was close late in the game...
"I just wanted to be aggressive, try to play my game, and attack the rim and look for an open person at any moment."

On playing teams with big guys...
"I don't think that's affected us at all. We still drew a lot of fouls and got to the line. They scored a lot inside, but I don't think that was a big deal."

On J.J. Frazier...
"He played very well tonight. He got a lot of big shots and made big plays. His number was called tonight and he stepped up and answered it."

Georgia Guard Kenny Gaines
On his recent injury...
"I don't feel like it affected me. I felt pretty good, I've just got to play harder."

On getting back on the court after injury...
"It felt pretty good. I feel like I could do more for the team."

On offensive adjustments in the second half...
"We didn't want to be behind too long. We tried to come out and fight. We did a better job in the second half but we should have done it in the first half."

On Auburn drawing fouls with little time on the shot clock...
"It was very frustrating. We felt like we were playing pretty good defense and we see that at the end of the shot clock they called a foul."

On mindset late in the second half...
"We just needed to get a bucket and a stop and it just didn't go in our favor."

On where to go from here...
"We've got to get back in the win column. We're 4-4 now and this isn't where we want to be but we still have to keep fighting."

On Coach Fox after the game...
"He was pretty upset. We lost two games this week which we should have won and we just have to do a better job next game."