Post Game Quotes vs. LSU
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Jan. 9, 2013

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Auburn Player Quotes

Allen Payne
On being more assertive...
"I guess I was. I got off to a hot start. I was able to get a jumper to go down and a layup . That's always a good way to get your rhythm going in a big time game like this one."

On differences playing the second half...
"They got off to a good lead. They jumped out on us and we were down by seven early, but as I said after the Florida State game we're starting to mature as a team. Young guys like Shaq and Brian are starting to pick up how to win and how to keep your head up when adversity hits because it's coming. I think that's the biggest thing that we started thinking about after that timeout that coach called. I just think that we're starting to grow up a lot, and it showed when we started this spark back."

On the game being more physical...
"This is the SEC. It's the most physical league there is. When you've got a guy out there like Johnny O'Bryant that's 6'9" 285 pounds, it's going to get physical. It's going to be a battle like that every night. We were able to respond in a positive way and get ready to pull it out."

On the last time seeing Barbee this happy...
"He was happy? I didn't see that. Coach is a perfectionist, and he expects us to perform at our max level and to try to be perfect. He knows you can't be, but that's the way he tries to get us to strive for. He came in after the game and he said `Good job, way to start the lead, but we have to meet tomorrow afternoon, and we have to do some stuff to get ready for South Carolina.' He's looking ahead and seeing the big picture knowing that this is a good win for us, but we still have a ways to go if we want to do something good this year."

Shaquille Johnson
On being motivated by trash talk...
"I came in the game ready to play hard. He was talking trash, but I just kept trying to play hard and tried to ignore it."

On it being Johnson's best game...
"I think it's been my best game this season."

On his first SEC game...
"I just came out with the same mentality--just to play hard and try to win. It was more physical."

On seeing Chubb before getting hi on the alley-oop...
"I didn't see anybody. I just remember falling."

LSU Player Quotes

Anthony Hickey, G
On starting conference play...
"It was kind of a tough environment we came into, the fans were into it and the players were ready. On our side, we just weren't into it. We need to stay focused.We just have to get better in the next game."

Johnny O'Bryant III, F
On starting conference play...
"We felt very good coming in. I think we can compete in the conference with any team. Tonight was one of the nights we slipped up. We gave up a good opportunity to win against a good basketball team and we just have to get ready for Saturday."

On the improvements that need to be made...
"You just can't sit on one loss, one loss will turn into two, and two will turn into three. We just have to get ready for Saturday against a good Florida basketball team."

On how his foul trouble changed the offense...
"I think the zone kind of slowed down, [Anthony] Hickey and Andre[Stringer] were running pretty good with the ball and getting the ball up pretty fast. I think the zone kind of slowed them down. Made us settle for high post free throw jumpers and they wouldn't follow with anything."

On how he physically felt while playing...
"I didn't feel 100 percent, but I went out there and tried to give my team all I could. I don't think I had a very good game, but I have to bounce back and get ready for Saturday."

On gaining the lead in the beginning of the second half and then losing it...
"I think we got settled. We maybe got a little too comfortable."

Coach Quotes

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On second half changes...
"We got off to such a good start. One of the keys to the game I talked about with the guys with our students being back, and they were jammed in their early. We wanted to get off to a fast start to get them involved, the students, and they got involved. They got loud, then we got into a little bit of a rut where we didn't execute quite as well. Our transition defense broke down. In the first half, we gave them way too many [points]. Of their 28 points at the half, we gave them 24 points in transition and off offensive rebounds. You can't do that. You've got to make them play against your half-court defense. In the second half, we did that. They didn't get quite as many easy points. The points they did earn, they had to do it by making shots, not getting break away layups. The thing we have been talking about with this team is continuing to fight, no matter what's happening. There's going to be adversity in the game in some form or fashion. Early on in the season, we would let this affect us. It would linger and carry on 2, 3, 4, 5 plays, and then we couldn't get back into it mentally. We've been working on it. We've been talking about it. This group is doing a great job with adversity. We got off to a hot start. They get back in the game. Second half, they come out and take a six-point lead early on, and we didn't stop fighting. We didn't stop fighting. So, I'm proud of the guys, the way they performed. They grinded out a win, big win."

On change after the quick timeout in the second half...
"Defensively we did the job tonight. They are a very good offensive team. We held them 14 points under their average. They are shooting almost 50 percent from the floor. We held them to 37 percent. Offensively, you're not going to be efficient every night. We were. We shot 46 percent from the floor, but you can defend. You can be gritty, nasty. You can be tough on that defensive end of the floor. The one thing that we've got to do is we've got to rebound better off of their misses. You can't give them 14 offensive rebounds. The game wouldn't have been that close."

On few players scoring in double figures until the final minutes...
"This team is about guys just stepping up and making plays. Frankie [Sullivan] didn't necessarily have his best game. Rob [Chubb] didn't necessarily have his best game, scoring wise, but I thought he really affected the game defensively in the center of that zone and what he did passing out of their double teams. I thought Shaquille [Johnson], with the game he had tonight, was one of those guys who stepped up scoring the ball, defensively, rebounding the basketball. He did a little bit of everything. Allen Payne was another guy. Allen Payne was a guy who made some big plays today, some big shots today when we were in some of those droughts. He's playing with a lot of confidence, but we need to keep him healthy. We need to keep everyone healthy."

On how much Shavon Coleman was a focus in preparation for the game...
"We talked about him. He was their leading scorer, their leading rebounder, but O'Bryant is the kid that really bothers you when you watch him on tape because he's such a difficult match-up. I thought we had some guys that could match up with Coleman, but O'Bryant, when they have him at the four spot, he's so talented, and we wanted to frustrate him. I thought we did a good job of that. I thought Coleman struggled with our size, too, and how physical we were along the front line."

On whether the team is playing Barbee basketball...
"We're getting closer. We're getting closer. The part that we're getting closer at is the grittiness that you've got to play with, the toughness, that fighting spirit no matter what the situation that's happening in the game. Early on, we didn't have that. We would let any adversity that hit affect and linger on way too long, so we couldn't get over the hump. Now, no matter what's taken place, the guys continue to fight. That's all I've been preaching. That's all I've been harping on. It's starting to come together. We've got improvement in a lot of different areas, but when you start league play, you're not going to be playing your best basketball. You want that to start about mid-conference season. You want to be your best at that moment. We are. Another thing we talk about is in league play, you've got to take care of the home court. All we did is, kind of, hold serve. We've got to try to go on the road and steal one."

On Brian Greene...
"It's tough when you get into conference play, and the games are as tight as they're going to be. It's hard when you're playing behind seniors in that position. So it makes it hard, but he's the guy that wasn't given any opportunity to play early, but he stayed into it mentally. We talked about that too, everybody on this team, even a guy like Jordan Granger. Jordan Granger might be playing as good as anybody on this team in practice, but the problem is he's playing behind seniors and veteran players in the position he plays, but there is going to come a time, just like for Brian Greene, where we're going to need Jordan to help us in this league. He's going to be ready for his opportunity."

LSU head coach Johnny Jones
On the game...
"I told the guys leading up to the game that the preseason games are over. It's conference play and the intensity level is different. The importance of games is different. I told them there was no way we could try and come in here tonight and match the intensity level of Auburn. We had to exceed the intensity level of Auburn. They got off to a great start and made some shots. We played from the behind in the beginning and I thought we did a great job of fighting back and getting up one there at half and getting back in the second half and establishing ourselves right there initially. Then, we didn't do a great job of continuing to share the basketball and getting in gaps. We settled too much on both ends. Offensively, we settled, jumped up and took too many threes instead of getting in gaps. On the defensive end, we weren't very good. We gave up 52 percent shooting from the field in the second half and that's just a matter of not grinding it out and making tough plays defensively. We've got to get better. We allowed some guys to hurt us and we wanted to concentrate on taking Frankie Sullivan away from them. I wanted to make sure that we were better and we didn't do that. We allowed two other players to step up and I think get career highs."

On Johnny O'Bryant...
"Well Johnny wasn't very effective tonight. I think his layoff hurt him. He just wasn't fluid enough for us inside or out. So we had to try and match and put other guys in there to see if we could get some productivity out of them tonight. Fortunately, we had two other guys step up and make some plays, but we just weren't effective enough on both ends of the floor."

On Frankie Sullivan...
"I thought we did an excellent job on Frankie. We did an excellent job of doubling him, coming off of screens. I thought guys did a great job of shattering him when he went away from the screen. He only took ten tough shots and made three of them, so that's a good night for us defensively. You want to take him away because he's a big time scorer. If you feel like you can take him away from them, you have an opportunity to win. They stepped up and made big plays tonight and Johnson stepped up and made big plays for them as well. So anytime you take a guy away you have to pay attention to detail. You can't let other guys slip out and make big plays. That hurt us tonight.