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Jan. 17, 2007

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Auburn Quotes

Auburn 83, #24 Tennessee 80

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

 

Head Coach Jeff Lebo

 

"The team finally found a way to get over a hump, which was nice. We were hoping that this day would come sooner or later, finally we got there. There was a lot of determination by our kids. They were down 14 points and then we had an 18-0 run to take the lead. We got it out in the end.

 

"We went pretty even in the first half. They got to the foul line a little bit more than we did and we had a hard time scoring. We got some buckets in the second half. Quan Prowell was more aggressive. I got on Quantez (Robertson) at the half because he has got to me more aggressive offensively for us and to look at the basket and be a scorer. It's like playing five-on-four out there. We spent a lot of time studying their press for the majority of our past two practices. I thought that we handled it pretty darn well. We didn't attack at the end of the first half, which was my fault because I wanted to slow it up a little bit.


 

 

 

"I thought that Quantez Robertson against their press was outstanding. We did a much better job in the second half. We only had six turnovers. It was a great win for those kids. I have been promising for a year and a half that as soon as we got one over a ranked team, we were going to Toomer's. We will be up there tonight whether it is raining or snowing. I am going to chunk some toilet paper tonight and enjoy it for an hour."

 

On Auburn's 18-0 run...

"We finally got some stops. They didn't score for a long period of time. Quan Prowell made some big threes for us. Rasheem Barrett made a couple of big plays for us, scoring on a three point play and taking the ball to the basket. We made foul shots in the second half; we were 18-23 from the foul line. That is pretty good for us. (Chris) Loftin had 22 points and I thought that we did an outstanding job on him in the second half. There are tough shots that he can usually make that he missed. They (Tennessee) are one of the few teams in the league that we are a little bit bigger than. We were able to hold our own on the glass and beat them on the glass to win this game."

 

On Quan Prowell...

"Quan is one of our better three point shooters. I don't have any problem with him taking shots. He is a good free throw shooter. The technical foul was big when he made the two from the line. He has been in games before against high level people."

 

On Tennessee...

"They play in spurts. That is what they believe in. You may be up by two and the all of a sudden you may be down nine. That is just the way that they play. They had a long stretch there when I was worried and concerned. We were having a hard time scoring at that point. All of a sudden we got going offensively. We got a lot of stops in a row which was big. We zoned a little bit in the first half. We didn't do a good job in the zone. In the second half, we played much more man-to-man and did a much better job."

Forward Frank Tolbert

 

On Auburn's 18-0 run...

"We just kept believing.  We never got down on ourselves.  We weren't going to lose that game.  No matter how much we were down, we were always thinking that we were going to win the game.  Fortunately, we came back and won it.  We were being patient.  When we started, we were rushing our shots and turning the ball over.  We made our little run to get back in the game. I think we just slowed it down, got it inside, worked it inside-out and started putting points on the board."

 

On the win...

"I think this is as big a win as we have had since I have been here.  It just felt so good to go out and celebrate with our crowd.  They helped us a lot.  They were right behind us the whole game.  It felt good to go out and get the win for them and ourselves."

 

On Tennessee's Chris Lofton...

"He's a great shooter.  He's one of the best shooters in the country.  We just made it our job to not let him get as many looks as he normally would.  We just kept a man on him wherever he was and denied him the ball so he couldn't get the shots that he usually gets."

 

Forward Quan Prowell

 

On the three to give Auburn a 69-66 lead...

"I just wanted to make a shot for the team and be a clutch player."

 

On the free throws at the end of the game...

"I felt like they were going in pretty good during the game.  I felt like I could make them at the end of the game, so I asked coach to let me shoot them."

 

On the second half...

"I got a lot more patient.  At the beginning of the game, I was looking for my shot.  In the second half I let it come to me.  The team did a good job of getting the ball to me and inside to Josh (Dollard) and Korvotney (Barber)."

 

Forward Josh Dollard

 

On the play that gave Auburn a 69-66 lead...

"(Dane) Brasdshaw is a smart player.  I thought he was trying to throw it off of me."

 

On Tennessee...

"Tennessee is a great ball team, and they throw a lot of things at you on the offensive end with (Chris) Lofton.  We just have to be disciplined and play good defense."

 

On Auburn's rebounding edge...

"That was real big, especially coming up with the defensive rebounds at the end when we had to hit foul shots at the end.  That really gave us the edge, and I think that is where we beat them."

 

Tennessee Quotes

 

Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl

 

On the loss...

"I don't know that we lost our composure; we missed a lot of shots and didn't get to the foul line. I thought, when we had a lead, our shot selection was bad. We obviously didn't get stops. As far as losing the game, I think we lost it related to our shot selection. I thought we kind of panicked offensively instead of executing our stuff."

 

On his technical foul...

"I was pretty unhappy that (Chris) Lofton hadn't shot a free throw. At the end, specifically, it was a 50-50 ball. You have to have possession to get a timeout. Everybody was tied up; everybody was holding the ball. You have to have possession. That's what I was upset about."

 

On why Lofton didn't start the second half...

"I had decided before the game that both Wayne Chism and Josh Tabb would start the second half because we have started the second half so poorly (recently). I asked our team, `which two guys don't want to start?' Chris and JaJuan both raised their hands. We've been getting off the bad starts in the second half, and I have to do something about it."

 

 On the team's mood...

"They're upset. They're real upset and frustrated. (Auburn) went to the line 23 times and we go three. It's hard to when games when you can't get there."

 

Forward Wayne Chism

 

On season...

"The season is not getting away from us.  A loss like this could happen to any team."

 

On the mood of the team...

"We're tired and disappointed.  It can be discouraging, but we'll go back and work hard for the next game."

 

Guard Chris Lofton

 

On the mood of the team...

"We're pretty disappointed right now, but Saturday is another day and another game."

 

On the loss...

"We try to take what's positive out of a game.  Auburn played well and we couldn't match their intensity." 

 

On losing three straight...

 "This is a tough loss, but we have South Carolina on Saturday.  We have to bounce back."

 

On giving up a 14-point lead...

"In the SEC, a lead is never safe.  We were down by 15 points against Texas, and we came back to win it.  A lead can never be considered safe."

 

On his shooting...

"I stuck with my jump shot.  I probably forced some when I shouldn't have."