Postgame Quotes vs. Alabama
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Feb. 6, 2013

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Auburn Player Quotes
Josh Wallace

On what it means to beat Alabama...

"It was special. Before Frank [Sullivan] and I went out, we were talking about how this is our last go around and how we need to just turn it around and finish on a good note. It's our last time playing Alabama here and there's no better way to go out at home than betting Alabama. So, it was a good feeling."

On not making shots in the first half...

"It can be frustrating, but you've just got to keep fighting. That's the main thing, just keep throwing blows, keep throwing blows, and I think that's what we did."

On if there was a time they felt Alabama starting to crack...

"No not really, because with a team like that, especially in a rivalry game, you know they're going to keep fighting until the very end. So, we tried to keep the pressure on them instead of worrying about what they were trying to do."

On what changed in the second half...

"We practiced too hard to go out there and play like we did in the first half. We had to go out there, have fun, and play confident, and I believe that's what we did in the second half. We hooped, and that's what it came down to, and we played great defense. The second half was a game changer."

On his second half offense...

"I just kept getting into the paint, most times I get into the paint and try to find other people's shots. I selected my shots pretty well and finished my layups and knocked down my free throws. It was pretty good."

On how good the win feels...

"It feels great, but we just have to keep fighting and keep building on it. Just keep playing hard in practice and fighting. In Kentucky and Vanderbilt, we just didn't fight. So we just have to keep fighting and build on this win right here before going into Lexington on Saturday."

On feeling a turnaround...

"I believe we had gotten away from our roots, which are fighting and playing D. Coach re-emphasized that in the Monday morning practice, and I believe it showed in tonight's game."

On being able to pick up Frankie's missed shots...

"Everybody has a slump and we just have to carry him on nights like this. It was good that we could carry him, and if he was hitting some of those shots it would have been even greater."

Allen Payne

On being aware of Cam Newton leading cheers from the student section...

"I was, I hate to admit it, but I was paying attention to the student section, and I saw him out there leading cheers. I just heard the crowd, and it pumped me up. That's great that he was leading them on."

On when they picked up momentum after the first half...

"When coach came in and talked to us at halftime, because we were actually the ones feeling down. He came in, and he was very positive and said 'you've got to play with confidence.' That's the first thing he wrote on the board. Play with confidence offensively and things will start to go your way. So that's what we came out and did."

On it being easy to rally together after the first half...

"Once you get your coach telling you to play confident and be aggressive, that loosens you up a little bit to just go out and play and have fun."

On feeling a turnaround...

"When you practice the way we practice, 6 A.M. on Monday, you start to appreciate the game more. You start to feel like it means more to you when you go that hard and you come out and beat a rival like Alabama."

On what it felt like knowing they were about to win...

"I got chills. When the clock was ticking down and Josh had the ball I went over to the crowd and just felt it. To beat Alabama for the first time for coach, his first win here at Auburn. It's just a great feeling all around."

What he said to the student section at the end of the game...

"You guys did this. You helped us win this game. There's nothing like The Jungle."

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Alabama player quotes
Andrew Steele #22

On what happened with the scoring in the second half of the game

"We gave up 58 percent in the second half, and then you have huge stretches when you didn't score, and we didn't fan out. I think we lost focus in the second half. Some of us, you know have to make shots, and we would have shots that would bobble and ones that didn't fall, but I think through all of that, we still have to find a way to overcome it. We had the same kind of situation Saturday at the game. I think we have to give Auburn credit though, they played extremely hard and scrapped and fought the whole game. I think at the same time, we have to take some time to credit ourselves. "

On Coach Anthony Grant stating that there was no energy or effort in the second half

"For whatever reason it was, it just dropped off. I think maybe we got complacent with a 10 point lead at the half, and we've been in enough situations to know that in this league no matter who you're playing, it's not safe. Even with a 10 point lead, they came out with the energy, and I just honestly believe we have to look in the mirror and try to find ways for these things to not happen again."

On Coach Grant calling timeout only two minutes into the second half and what was discussed

"You know, just pick the energy up, try to recapture the focus of the game. We came out, and they hit us first, and we didn't hit back at all and it kind of snowballed into that being the story of the second half. Like I said, you have to give Auburn credit. They played extremely hard but at the same time when you just have stretches like that when for whatever reason you don't play that well, you have to also look in the mirror at yourself and figure out how to get better."

On being Auburn's arch- rival and how it is hard for him to understand the loss

"It is, I mean I have to take some responsibility for it as the leader of the team. I have to step up and play a lot better than I did today. You can't dwell on it too long. It's just one game even though it hurts to lose the way you did with it being Auburn. At the same time, I still feel like we have a lot to play for. We still have nine more games left in the conference, so we can't just hang our heads and say all is lost because we lost one game. So we have to just find ways to try to get better."

On feeling that this may be a costly loss

"We can't worry about that. When we get to that point, we'll worry about it but what's done is done by this game. We can't go back and change anything, and we have to get ready for LSU on Saturday, and we have to keep looking forward."

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the defense in the second half...

"We finally didn't let our offensive struggles effect our defense. We have been doing that. We have been struggling offensively and then letting go of the rope defensively. That is why teams have been shooting around 55 percent on us in the past few games. It is not a recipe for winning games. We struggled in the first half only shooting 13 percent and scoring 13 points, but we played enough defensively to keep them in range. We held them to 23 points and that is a great defensive number. Knock on wood, hopefully we don't shoot 13 percent in back-to-back halves, but we continued to guard and grind. We played tough on the backboard. We out rebounded them in the second half. We did not let our lack of offense effect us in the second half."

On what he said at halftime...

"Keep guarding. It was a very simple message. We had a lot of good looks. We didn't get them to go down. I thought we guarded well enough. I just told to keep guarding and get tougher on the backboard. Just play confident. You have to play confident offensively. We were getting the shots. We got a little rushed in our zone offense. Late in the first half and into the second half, we finally calmed down and slowed down against their zone and get some good looks."

On if there was a key bucket or key play that sparked the run...

"It was a culmination of defensive stops. They are a better offensive team than what their second half numbers show, but we guarded pretty well also."

On if he just trying to find something that works offensively...

"In the second half I shortened the rotation, and we got some good results from it."

On beating Alabama for the first time...

"This is a big game. No matter what rivalry you are a part of, you always want to beat your rival. We understand how big this game is in the state and within the Auburn Family. We wanted to make sure we went out and represented well whether we won or lost. We just wanted to go out and fight and we did that."

On if he did anything differently defensively in the second half...

"No. We played pretty good defense in the first half. We just continued to do the same."

On the game that Josh Wallace and Allen Payne had...

"Their press effects a lot of people, but Josh Wallace is really hard to press. He is hard to bottle up full court. In the first half, I thought we were unaggressive against their press. That is one of the things we talked about at halftime too. We wanted to attack and not settle for press break threes."

On Frankie Sullivan shooting 1-for-13...

"He is struggling right now offensively, but the best thing he did tonight was staying engaged defensively. As I watched the tape, he hadn't been doing that. We haven't been staying engaged off the ball. Even though Frankie struggled offensively tonight, he was engaged defensively and did a lot good things on that end of the floor."

On if this win could be a turning point...

"We will find out in the next game. We got a good win against a team that was as hot as any in our league. Now we have to go find out on the road against a team that beat us pretty good here and a team that is as hot as Alabama in Kentucky. So we will find out very quickly if this team means anything."

On if he had to light a fire under the team...

"I didn't have to light a fire at all. I thought we were playing hard. We held them to 33 percent and 23 points. We played well enough defensively. I thought we did well offensively, we just didn't make shots. One thing I didn't like was how unaggressive we were against their press. We talked about it at half time and the guys came out and really put it into play. We were going to attack them and we got easy looks against their press. Josh Wallace is really tough to bottle up. I didn't have to light a fire, because we were playing hard. We just weren't playing as aggressively as I would've liked."

On different players getting the start...

"After I see this tonight, it might be time to shorten the rotation even further."

On Cam Newton leading cheers in the student section...

"I didn't know he was here. I would've put him in the game. He still has some eligibility left. I didn't know he was here. I didn't see him."

Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant

I give Auburn credit. I thought tonight we got outplayed in every facet of the game. Their energy, their effort and their focus was a lot better than ours. I think obviously in the second half it showed. You look at the run they went on, our inability to score -- their energy, their effort was just much better than ours tonight.

We had opportunities in the first half. I think we were up 15-3 and then we go 7 minutes or so and we don't score. We don't take advantage of the opportunities, whether it's missing shots around the basket, missing open shots, turning the ball over. The defense was good enough in the first half. They missed shots. They struggled offensively. We should've opened the game up, and then in the second half, I don't know if maybe we thought maybe it would duplicate itself from a defensive standpoint in the second half. But their energy was much better than ours, they outhustled us for loose balls, they got out in transition and got layups. Their effort kept going up. And we didn't match that. And you can't do that. Like I told the guys, we need to look in the mirror, because this one is completely on us, in terms of the energy we're supposed to play with in a game that means as much as this one meant.

The thing is, we've talked about the things we need to do. We've talked about the opportunities we have in front of us. I can't explain the lack of effort, the lack of energy, the lack of execution. I have no explanation for it.