Post-Game Quotes: Auburn 75, Murray State 67

Nov. 23, 2013

Auburn Basketball 2013-14
Murray State at Auburn
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee Quotes
On the game...
"I was proud of the way that we sustained the runs that they made, and we were able to bounce back and go create something for ourselves. We want to become that tough-minded team that doesn't get rattled through anything."

On Chris Denson...
"He's matured in a lot of areas away from his game. I have always been a big believer that how you live your life away from the court directly translates to how you perform on the floor. He's matured in his game, he's matured in his approach to it. He's really locked in on the defensive end of the floor now, and he's not thinking offense, and when you are not thinking about offense, it's amazing how it comes even easier to you. I'm proud of the way Chris has grown up and matured."

On Auburn's rebounding...
"It was big. It was one of the things I highlighted on the board about this team. They take pride in their toughness, and part of that shows up in their rebounding stats. It's got to be a pack mentality, and I was proud of the way we were plus 12 at the half on the glass and we ended up at plus 10. That's a big stat right there."

On Auburn's sustained runs...
"I think it was our mentality. We were tough minded. We didn't let their runs affect what we did and we responded. That's the mentality we have to have. Basketball is a game of runs, and you have got to be able to take their runs and make runs of your own. I am proud of the way our guys fought and didn't let any of their runs affect us."

Junior guard K.T. Harrell
About how impressive his 10 rebounds were...
It's just me being aggressive defensively and offensively. I'm trying to attack the glass a lot more and I think that can help us win games."

Senior guard Chris Denson
About his injury in the first half...
"My knee buckled so it scared me. I just fell to the ground and it was hurting, but it only hurt for a couple of seconds. I walked it off and I knew my team needed me so I was dying to come back in.

About how they closed this game and how it typically wouldn't have happened last year...
"It just has to do with the leadership on the team. Not knocking the guys that played in the past, but we have great leadership. We've got chemistry and if we didn't have team chemistry we wouldn't have made to the clutch stops we needed. "

About him scoring 20 points for the 3rd time this season, what's different from last year...
"I just think it's my mindset. I have the mindset that no one can stop me on the court. I have also matured on the defensive end. I was so lazy on defense my last three years it made no sense. I wasn't putting in the work in the gym like I needed to, but that all changed. It's my senior year and I'm mad that it took this long to realize all this, but it has come with maturity and having that mindset that no one can stop me or beat me on defense."

Murray State Head Coach Steve Prohm
On free throw struggles...
"It's the same consistency problems that we have seen on the road all year. Here we go 10 for 21 on the line. Auburn missed their fair share of free throws as well, but you can't get outrebound at 10. You can't shoot 47 percent from the line on the road against an SEC team and expect to win. We were competitive and had opportunities, but credit Auburn. They were resilient, and they made tough plays on the offensive glass late. They drove us in the zone."

On second half improvements...
" We didn't get the tough 50-50 rebounds, and they made their runs at second-chance points. We've got to get better in that area. Jonathan Fairell and Terron Gilmore can't play 15 minutes and get 10 fouls with only having three post guys right now and only have four rebounds."

On offense...
"We talked about getting going in the second half. We ran a play at the end of the half to cut it to four and had a good finish. We finally got some kick shots at the start of the second half. We just got to do a better job at the line. We've got to get more aggressive and start making plays."

Murray State Guard Dexter Fields
On taking the lead twice...
"We just tried to come out in the second half with a lot of intensity. We did a great job with that. We took the lead and then they went back up, and then we cut it down to two. I just think there was a couple bad shot selections during that span and then they got back up 7. This is just the beginning and we have to just learn from our mistakes."

On free throws...
"Free throws are killing us on both ends. We are getting to the line and can't make ours. They are getting to the line way more than us and hitting most of theirs. We just have to buckle down and play defense like we know how to play. The new rule change is affecting us a little bit, but we still have to buckle down and play the way Murray State plays."