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Feb. 10, 2007

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Mississippi State 91, Auburn 83

Saturday, February 10, 2007

 

Head Coach Jeff Lebo

 

Opening statement...

"It's disappointing for us.  They had two players that just whipped us and controlled the game.  (Charles) Rhodes dominated the game inside, and (Jamont) Gordon at the front was good.  I was worried about how we were going to try and be able to defend them because they have shooters everywhere else.  Gordon can get in there, and Rhodes just whipped us.  He made some tough ones, but he was a man among boys in there today, and we just couldn't stop them.  They are hard to stop.  We had some key times in the second half where we had a little run and missed shots.  We missed foul shots, open threes to get us back into the hunt a little bit with the crowd back in it, and missed them."

 

On Auburn losing its eight-point lead in the second half...

"It just evaporated quickly.  We couldn't stop them.  We talked about getting stops, two, three at a time.  When they did miss one, they got two or three attempts at it in the second half on the offensive glass.  Rhodes...he and Gordon just dominated the game."

 

On Auburn's inside game...

"Quan (Prowell) was not very good today.  Our inside guys got whipped.  I don't know if he sweat in 21 minutes and four turnovers.  I told our guys, we all have to be playing at a high level, every one of us that is going to get in the game, because we don't have types of players that some of the other teams have.  We are still young.  We don't have a lot of confidence, but we have to be playing at a high level.  We need everyone on the team playing on a high level. 

 

"Korvotney (Barber) did have some foul problems, but just didn't have a lot of answers for (Rhodes) today.  He is 6-8, but he is so long.  He plays like he is 6-10 in there.  He is strong and aggressive.  He started out well, which was key.  He made a couple of turnaround jumpers, which got him going a bit."

 

On losing three straight games...

"We just have to find a way to keep going.  We have three of our last five on the road.  We have an off week right now.  I was just disappointed defensively.  We have to be able to guard the ball better.  All they did was look us in the eye and say, `We are going to beat you one-on-one.  We are going to throw it into Rhodes and beat you in there, or when we shoot it we are going to rebound it and lay it in'. They kind of streetballed us and whipped us."

 

Sophomore Guard Quantez Robertson

 

On losing the lead in the second half....

"We tried to do the things we usually do, setting the offense up and trying to run our plays to the T, but we didn't take the best shots and we couldn't make the open shots sometimes when we were open."

 

On losing three games in a row at home...

"It's very frustrating being that we give up this many points at home and we keep losing at home. It's frustrating on the players and the coaches. We are trying to come out here and do the best we can, but the best isn't always what we are doing out there sometimes."

 

On what Coach Lebo said after the game...

"We have to figure out a way to stop players on defense. We have to stop them on the inside and outside. If we do that a lot better, we will get a good win."

 

On Charles Rhodes...

"We got out on their shooters this time. Rhodes was a lot more aggressive than our big men were today. He showed why he is one of the best in the SEC right now."

 

Junior Guard Archie Miaway

 

On his performance...

"When I come off the bench, I try to do what I can. I try to be as confident as I can when I get into the game. Lately, in the past couple of games, when I got in, I've been a little hesitant, so I decided to be a little more aggressive tonight."

 

 

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Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury

 

Opening statement...

"My biggest concern coming into this game, besides Auburn being a very good basketball team - they are coming off a tough loss where they led Arkansas most of the way--was could our team bounce back from Wednesday night. We lost a very tough one Wednesday night. Do you have enough toughness and enough maturity to bounce back after a heart-wrenching loss Wednesday and respond to a very good Auburn team that has lost two in a row and was in desperate need of a win? Our kids found a way tonight. They've been in this situation many, many times. They deserve all the credit. They kept working and kept believing. They finally found a way for something good to happen to them on the road. Our team has had four SEC games where we've come down with the ball in our hands the last play of the game to tie it or win it, and we've lost them all. Somewhere along the way, something good has to happen. Otherwise, it's hard to keep a bunch of young guys up. But to their credit, they came out and responded today."

 

On finally getting a close win in the SEC...

"We've had four of those that could have gone either way, so it's a fine line. Naturally, anytime you can win one, it gives you great confidence. I haven't been disappointed in the way our team has played all year long. But the game after Florida, I didn't think we played with that edge you have to have. Outside that, our team has played with great effort. We just had to get better at finishing out games. On the road, we had some guys jump up and do what you have to do. Barry Stewart and Ben (Hansbrough) did what they were doing earlier: made shots. When you make shots, good things happen for you. I said at halftime -it was a four-point game and Auburn had shot 68 percent - your not going to win on the road when the other team shoots 68 percent. We came out in the second half and I thought defense was a huge key. We held them to 38 percent shooting in the second half and kept them off the foul line. First half they had 14 free throws and in the second half they made six."

 

Freshman Guard Barry Stewart

 

On shooting...

"I felt like I shot better today.  Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't.  I could always use some extra work.  I know I just need to keep shooting.  The only way to make one is to shoot."

 

On the rest of the season...

"This win tells us we can do it.  I know we have a lot of games ahead of us and some more on the road.  We can beat those teams on the road."

 

On if there was a feeling of relief in locker room...

 "It was complete happiness.  Everyone was happy.  Everyone was all smiles."

 

Sophomore Guard Jamont Gordon

 

On winning...

"We knew we would come in here and win this game.  We really needed this.  It's nice to win a game."

 

On the rest of the season...

"It's a big relief to win this game.  Now we know we can do this.  We know we can win on the road.  It's exciting."

 

Junior Forward Charles Rhodes

 

On winning on the road...

"It feels great.  It feels good for the team to unite like that.  This gets that monkey off our backs.  We have been waiting on it for a long time.  We can't be satisfied with this.  We have to stay hungry and keep playing the same way we played tonight on the road."

 

On setting the tone for the game...

"We had a game plan.  The guys contributed so much by shooting threes and making good plays."

 

On Barry Stewart's shooting...

"He is one of the greatest shooters in the NCAA.  When he has his off nights, I know the next night will be a good night.  When you are a great shooter like him, you are going to have your good and bad nights. Today was a good day."

 

On the rest of the season...

"If we can keep our momentum like we have it now the sky is the limit.  I think every team's goal is to win the championship and get to the tournament.  That's how we have to play every game."