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Jan. 14, 2012

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Auburn Quotes

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On Auburn improving its ability to grind games out...

"I think so. That is why I kept saying we are getting closer. You look at the game in so many different ways, and I want them all to be 30-point wins. We are what we are. We missed over 25 layups tonight. I am just saying being an average team, if we make 8-of-25, we win going away. Ole Miss had a lot to do with it. They do a great job. They are long on the back line. They do a great job of blocking shots. That is why I keep saying we are getting closer, because we found a style that fits. It works for this team very similar to what we did last year. We have to grind games out. We have to slow it down. We have to go man zone to keep teams off balance. We have to rebound better than what we did tonight. We got our tails kicked on the glass. They had 23 offensive rebounds. There were a lot of different things working against us. We weren't making shots. We were turning the ball over. I am on their tail at every timeout and every trip up and down the floor. My guys could have easily folded up the tent with all that adversity around them. That is part of the growing up process. With all that adversity, you still have to find a way to tough it out and still win by doing it together, and that is what we did."

On Frankie Sullivan coming out of his slump in the second half...

"It is good to see, isn't it? It is a great thing. This is what we have been looking for. Hopefully, he is getting closer, because we have a lot of guys who have been struggling. There is no one on this team who has been working harder to get out of that than Frankie."

On Adrian Forbes' performance...

"He did a lot of great things. He is limited, and he knows it and accepts it as a basketball player. He also knows what he can do for this team. As he has gotten healthier, he has become more of a factor for us. In this league, we are going to have to play bigger like we did against Kentucky and like we did today. They have a great frontline, and he did a good job of holding it down when Rob Chubb fouled out."

On what had to change after Rob Chubb got his two fouls in the first half...

"We don't have many options in the post. It is difficult when he gets in foul trouble for us to manufacture points."

Kenny Gabriel, Sr., F

On playing 48 minutes...

"Being that we had a game on Wednesday and Saturday, it's pretty tiring, but I'm just happy that we got the win."

On getting his hand on Ole Miss' last shot...

"I actually did. I was trying to grab it with two hands, but the ball slipped out of my hand. After I hit it, I saw Buckner come up and try to smack it in and that's when I saw Frankie come and snatch it out of the air."

On it being a physical game...

"It was. They were missing a lot of shots and were just going back and rebounding, and that's what Coach has been saying the past two days. They really don't shoot the ball well, they just go and offensive rebound, and that's what they did. Even though we lost the rebounding, we feel like the game still should have been won in regulation, but like I said, we're all just really happy that we got the win."

On stepping up as a senior...

"I don't know. I've been thinking about that, but I really haven't come up with an answer. It just comes down to who Coach wants the ball to be with the last couple of seconds of the game. I just do what I can in practice and on my own to shoot the ball as much as I can, so when times like this come, if the ball happens to touch my hands, and I'm at the three or the foul line, I can just make a shot."

On being 1-2 in the SEC...

"It gives us more confidence. As long as we just go out there and play as hard as we can every single possession that we're out there on the court, I think that we can play with anybody in the country. It gives us a lot of confidence, and we just know that we just have to keep playing this hard. When we have our hands on the rope, just keep pulling it, and keep pulling it and don't let go of the rope.

Chris Denson, So., G

On Auburn's mindset when they lost the 12 point lead...

"Execution and taking care of the ball. I made a couple of turnovers, but my team, my family, they had my back, and we pulled out the win. We always go over situations like these in practice, and I see it worked out tonight."

On Frankie Sullivan...

"Frankie was in a bit of a slump from Hawaii, so he picked it back up today. As you see, he's an offensive guard, and we need that."

Frankie Sullivan, Jr., G

On the last possession of the game...

"They were tipping the ball a lot, and I was just waiting for an opportunity to come down with the ball. I knew that I could not really jump with those guys, so I was trying the best I could to box out. Once Murphy Holloway came down with it, I just grabbed onto the ball and tried to rip the ball away, and fortunately I was able to do so."

On energy in the second half of the game...

"I have been working out with the coaches and watching film to see what I had been doing wrong during my little slump. I think that I was having a lot of problems in my life and it was evident on the court. I went back to the Bible and started going back to church. I also started doing things right again off the court, and I think that it showed on the court. I have been working hard, and my teammates have been helping me out a lot."

Ole Miss Quotes

Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy

Opening statement...

"I thought our guys played extremely hard, but unfortunately we came up just a little bit short. We had our chances. The way we played for 35 minutes, we had no right to be in this position. We had our chances, didn't make the plays and we took the loss. "

On what the team needs to do more on offense...

"We got to keep working. When it's your opportunity, you have to step up like an SEC basketball player and knock down the open shot. We've got to get some consistency. We've got to get some leadership. We have to have someone who, in that last huddle, says, `Give me that ball.' Right now we are obviously struggling. We have all season. I don't think that is going to change overnight. It's who we are. We had a six-footer and our two best rebounders with their hands on the ball. If you would have told me that going in I would have said, `All right let's break it down." I am so worried with our inefficiencies offensively to pass it more than two or three times, because I want to make sure we get a shot at the basket. We got it on the rim, which is what we ask. We got some clean tips but weren't able to knock it down. We'll keep grinding, keep battling and see if we can do better."

On Jarvis Summers...

"We are asking him to do a lot of things and it's unfair, but it is what it is. Here is a kid who was playing high school basketball last year, and now I'm asking him to direct this team. It's difficult for a freshman to do, but he's our best option. He's a gritty kid, a tough kid who willed his way to allow this team to get back in the game by knocking down some shots. We were so painfully inefficient against the zone for the majority of the game, and he stepped up and knocked down some shots. He gets us an opportunity in both overtimes to steal one, and we couldn't make the play."

On moving forward... "In basketball you are forced to move forward, and that's what we'll do. We will be persistent in our approach and get ready for the next opportunity."

Jarvis Summers, Fr., G

On staying in the game...

"Coach said that somebody needed to go out there and make a play. I just told myself I had to make a play and step up and be a leader. I am a point guard. Even though I am a freshman I need to make a play."

On moving forward...

"We have just got to go harder in practicing and just start playing. We have to keep working hard. The season isn't over, so we still have a chance and we have to keep on playing hard and get a `W'."

Nick Williams, Jr., G

On competing with the zone...

"We just had to take down some shots. We missed a bunch of shots that we normally make. That is just how it is in the SEC. One day you are making all of your shots, and the next day you are not making any. We just have to make shots. In the end we did that. We just kept fighting."

On maintaining a good mindset throughout the game...

"I didn't want to fall back into what I was doing last year, getting discouraged just because I was missing shots. I just had to keep shooting because I knew the team needed me and keep making those shots. I just had to keep telling myself that, to keep shooting. I know eventually that those are shots I make and I made them, so I did what I had to do."

On not letting the defense get out of hand...

"That is our "m.o." Playing tough defense and taking whatever we can get on the offensive end. We fought and fought and fought and they gave us a chance. We knocked down some key shots in the end, but the game just got away from us at the end. We just have to keep fighting."