FSU vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Jan. 3, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

Opening comments....
"I have been telling the guys that they have to keep taking steps forward. You are going to hear me say it over and over again, but when you have a young team like we've got, you want to keep taking those positive steps every time we hit the floor whether it is practice or a game. You can tell a difference. It is night and day when you look back to the first game of the year. The guys understand when you play hard, it isn't going to guarantee you a win, but good things will happen when you play hard, play together and play unselfish. It is a good win. I think it is a good win for the guys because how I am asking them to play. It is not natural for them to play that way. It leads to winning and that's all I have been around. It is good for those guys to get the feedback off of if we play this way we can win this way. After winning four in a row, we have the momentum going into league play. We have been getting better. There is no question how Frankie (Sullivan), being back at 65 or 70 percent, brings the toughness and leadership and it is contagious. Let me say this, Earnest Ross is playing the best basketball I have seen him play. He is just playing within himself. He is doing the little things. Coming up with a double-double was big in this game. We had a lot of guys contribute, like Josh Langford making those threes. He is starting to play with confidence offensively. Even though (Rob) Chubb didn't rebound, I thought he did some things offensively. Josh Wallace is the motor that keeps us going. He had nine points and seven assists and four rebounds. It is not how big you are, it is how big you play."

On going up against a player like Chris Singleton...
"The one thing is, as talented as Singleton is, he floats on the perimeter. It is not like he planted down there on the block and used his size as an advantage, which played into our hand defensively. Clearly they had an advantage on us on the interior. I don't think they took advantage of it, because they took 26 threes. If they would have thrown it down into the blocks time after time, we would've had issues. I thought we did a good job of mixing up our defense. When we were in our man-to-man, we were trapping the post. It got the post guys tentative and they took those threes. In our zone, it is designed to keep teams on the perimeter and not through the paint. As good as we were defensively, it was also a case of them not making shots as well."

On finishing out the game strong...
"It is part of growing. It doesn't happen overnight. They are learning so much from the system, like how I want to play offensively, defensively, learning how to play and together. The biggest part of that is learning how to win, and it doesn't happen overnight. We are still not there yet. It is a learning process of how to win. We did a lot of bone head things tonight. Unforced errors that was like `why did you do that'. We have to continue to do that tonight. "

On knowing if there was a performance like tonight coming up for the guys...
"I did, because of how hard we have been playing. We have been playing so hard. I tip my hat off to the team. It is how hard you have to play to survive. If you don't play hard, you guarantee yourself that you are going to lose. If you play hard and play as hard as you can play, you are going to give yourself a chance to win every night. Our guys have been doing it every single day in practice, and they have been doing it in every game. To only get outrebounded by seven by a team of that size, was probably a win for us. Sixteen offensive rebounds is far too many."

On the play of Josh Langford...
"It was his best game offensively. He is our starting four man, and he came up with no rebounds, so that was a big reason why we got outrebounded by seven and they had 16 offensive rebounds. So having your four man get no rebounds, and your center only get one. When you force a team to shoot 24 percent in the first half and 35 percent over the course of the game, there are going to be a lot of missed shots, and your four and five guys are supposed to corral those defensive rebounds, so we have to do that better next time out.

00 Josh Langford, G, Fr.

On tonight's game...
"We knew it was Florida State, and they're an ACC team. They're very good. Coach Barbee was telling us we have to come out and play tough and start rebounding every possession and play hard every possession, so that's what we did and we came out with a victory."

On approaching this game differently than some of the previous ones...
"When we were in Pittsburgh, we knew we could compete with big teams so we came out and played hard against Florida State. We knew that ESPN predicted us to lose by 20, so we just came out and played harder than ever no matter what."

On having your biggest game of the season so far tonight...
"I was feeling good. I think I could have driven the ball more, but the shots were open, and they were giving it to me so I was shooting it and knocking them down so I had to keep doing it."

11 Josh Wallace, G, So.

On the keys to winning tonight's game...
"The keys were mainly just going in and doing what we do; limiting turnovers, just playing mentally strong. Coach emphasized that a lot going into this game. We had some bonehead plays down the stretch, but we pulled it out."

On what it means to beat Florida State being from Pensacola, Fla. ...
"It means a lot. It's a good win and I'm happy we got it."

On what this win means going into SEC play...
"It gives us a lot of momentum. Coach preached that and now we just need to take it and learn from it and keep going and keep growing and getting better every day. From the beginning of the season, we've gotten a lot better and it's starting to show. We just have to keep believing and keep fighting and just keep on going out there and playing."

33 Earnest Ross, G, So.

On the mindset going into the game...
"It was to go in letting everybody know that we can compete with anybody. We've learned a lot in the past games we've played. We had a struggled start at the beginning, but each time in practice we work harder and Coach prides us on defense and tonight I think we defended. It showed in the results. As long as we keep playing hard, we can compete with anybody in the country."

On this being the first complete game of the season...
"I think it was the most complete game. Coming down in the second half with us being up five in the first half, coming down the stretch and still competing, I think it was our most complete game."

On what Coach Barbee said to the team at halftime...
"Don't get complacent."

On the rebounding tonight...
"Well earlier in the start, I wasn't really scoring the ball so I had to stay in the game to help my team still compete and make sure we stayed in the game. I had to keep rebounding. That's what Coach wants me to do, so I do what he asks and as long as I'm on the glass, I know I'm effective to my team. I had 11 rebounds and that's good, but I wish I had 15."

On making foul shots down the stretch...
"Earlier in the season we kind of struggled with free throws so Coach (Barbee) makes us shoot 100 free throws each, each practice. Knocking them down in the game is what he really wants us to do. We knocked them down, and we had big plays during the game. As long as we can make free throws down in the clutch we could be alright."


Florida State Locker Room

Head Coach Leonard Hamilton

On missed free throws ...
"We have not shot the ball well all year, there's no doubt about that. I didn't like our attitude tonight. I thought we were lethargic, we didn't put forth the type of effort that the number one field goal percentage defensive team has given on a regular basis. We were 1-for-14 from three-point range and we really don't take that many threes. They backed off of us and I say of the 14, 8 or 9 of them were uncontested, wide open shots that just didn't go down. It seems that when the ball doesn't go in, we lose our enthusiasm and that's on us, as a team. You got to give them credit, they switched up their defenses and they're as big and strong as we are, and we only got 4 or 5 shots in the paint with our big guys and that was our game plan going into it. We had to get inside knowing that we can score inside like we have in the past three or four games. We came up short on all ends tonight, emotionally as well as physically. The only thing you can say about a game this bad is hopefully we learn from it and not let it happen again. Obviously there was not much I was pleased with in this game at all, but most of all, I don't think we gave enough effort. I think the unity and togetherness that we have been playing with disappeared tonight. We didn't make the right passes, the ball stuck and we didn't get the ball inside enough. They only hit 5 threes, but we didn't get to those five and contest like we do. Let's hope that this is the game that makes us wake up."

On the re-emergence of FSU in the second half ...
"Well, you never want to take a loss to learn and grow up. You always have one or two games a year where you don't have it, but the unfortunate thing tonight, even though sometimes we haven't played well and turned the ball over and played poorly, we've given pretty good effort, but tonight our effort was lacking. We knew they were going to block the post, put the ball over our heard and we turned the ball over. We knew they would change defenses and we were slow getting into the transition of our offense. Our offense from half court was lethargic, we didn't set picks, screens or make cuts. It was like we felt entitled to win this game and that doesn't happen in Div. I basketball."

On mistakes being correctable ...
"There's no doubt we are a pretty good basketball team and let's hope that this is our last poor performance. This will be looked at as a bad loss, come NCAA Tournament time unless Auburn makes a run and plays a lot better than they have been playing."

#22 Derwin Kitchen, G, Sr.

On the loss....
"We definitely took a step back. We didn't come out with the same level of energy or focus as we did in the last game at Hawaii against Baylor. We took them [Auburn] for granted thinking we were just going to show up and win, but they came ready to play."

On not capitalizing on opportunities...
"It was frustrating the whole game, we missed way too many shots to go on the road and shoot thirty-five percent. I don't care how bad of a team you might think the other team is, if you shoot thirty-five percent on the road, you are probably going to lose. At the end of the day, they are an SEC team. You can say anybody is a bad team, but I don't think they're a bad team. They're an SEC team. We gave them that confidence giving them a halftime lead and the game went on from there."