Jan. 19, 2008
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Auburn Player Quotes
Quantez Robertson, Junior Guard
On the three-point-shot at the end of the game
"It was a set play regardless who got the ball. I got it and felt like I was open and had a good shot so I took it."
On all the open shots
"We were able to move the ball around good and set up a lot of good screens to get good looks at the basket."
On containing Ole Miss
"They have a really good inside outside game and a lot of good shooters. Fortunately, we were able to contain them today."
DeWayne Reed, Sophomore guard
On the block at the end of the game
"Coach just told me to make sure I stayed in front of him because we knew he was going to take it to the basket. Fortunately, he came right at me and stayed in front of me so I was able to block it."
Frank Tolbert, Senior Forward
On hurting his ankle before the game
"I guess it did slow me down a little bit. I was still going to play after I got hurt. I felt like I really need to play and have a good performance today."
On his performance
"I had a lot of confidence today. I just really felt like I had it today. It was a big game and the confidence just came to me."
Ole Miss Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Andy Kennedy
"They (games in the SEC) are all hard. Each night we have to come out and be aggressive. Every team we are going to face in the SEC is going to be a challenge. And tonight, when our opponent makes more free throws than we attempt, it is hard to win."
On Auburn's zone defense
"It was no surprise that Auburn played zone. They may have been a little surprised that we played zone as well, but they played five guys on the perimeter and we couldn't figure out how to break through.
"They obviously found it easier to beat our zone than we did theirs because they outscored us. They made sure to push us back, but when we did get in the paint we made shots. It was just hard to get the ball inside.
"We had plenty of second chance opportunities. We had 20 offensive rebounds, but we just couldn't finish."
Zach Graham, Freshman Guard
On his performance
"Basketball is definitely a team effort, and anyone would have tried to contribute as much as possible. Auburn came out on fire. They hit a lot of three-point shots at the beginning and put us in a hole. Since we have a week off, we'll have to work even harder to improve."
"They are not very big, but very athletic and quick. They were very quick and aggressive in their zone defense."
Chris Warren, Freshman Guard
On second half performance
"We weren't fatigued, because we practice hard and are used to fast pace play, it just wasn't our night."
On shot attempts
"I had several attempts in the first half, but they decreased during the second half because of Auburn's pressure running the two-man defense."
On the team emotionally
"We have a week to get ready and practice hard. Hopefully, after this loss we'll be able to improve and get back into it."
Kenny Williams, Senior Forward
"We played really hard. We just missed too many important shots."
On finishing in the lane
"Tonight we lacked focus, and we weren't able to make crucial shots in the lane. We have to learn to play against adversity."
Auburn Head Coach Quotes
"We played a lot of zone in the first half then switched to man in the second half to try to confuse them. Frank played great today, with a career high in points and minutes, even though he sprained his ankle a few days ago. I told him maybe he should play hurt more often because it slows him down a bit.
"Our lack of depth and size really was hurting us today. They heavily outrebounded us all game, which gave them a lot of second chance shoots.
Quantez and Reed both played a full game today and that is a heavy task for a player to take on. But they did, and helped us pull out a win."
On Quan Prowell's play:
"Quan was great on the boards for us, but he isn"t playing with a lot of confidence on the offensive side of the ball, so we need to try to help him out with that."
On the team's play last few games:
"We have been playing really close games. We were tight with LSU at the end of that game and kept it close with Arkansas and Florida. So, we are getting used to that. The only difference in this game was that we executed throughout the game."
On DeWayne Reed's play:
"DeWayne managed the game really well tonight. He slowed down the game or sped it up when it was necessary."
On Chris Warren:
"He played great tonight. We doubled him a lot tonight to keep the ball out of his hands. When we did that, I think it disrupted the team.
In a year with a lot of standout freshmen, I feel he is one of the