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Feb. 20, 2010

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Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening statement...
"I'm very proud of my team. We handled the second half very well. We took the punch, got the lead and made some big plays in the second half and some big shots. Offensively, both teams were scoring on each other at will. They are a good offensive team and we are too when we are shooting the ball as well as we were. There were not many stops out there. We scored then they scored for most of the second half. Tay (Waller) was terrific offensively for the whole game. In this game, we finally got to the free-throw line more than our opponent, which is big. Playing without fouling has been an emphasis. We still foul too much, especially in the first half, but we got there and we capitalized on it which was nice to see. Shooting almost 76 percent from the foul line is one of our better efforts this year."

On resting Tay Waller without hurting his momentum...
"He played 33 minutes, so that's a lot. It doesn't matter if I put him down or put him in the locker room, when he comes in he's going to shoot. He's one of those kids where there's not a shot that he doesn't like or a shot that he doesn't think he can make. He takes some teeth-clinchers that I have to chew on occasionally, but he has the ability to make them so I have to give him the chance when he gets going. I've talked to him about that, but he was outstanding tonight making shots from the three. He did much better tonight with making shots from the midpoint and some pull-up jumpers, which was nice to see. Defensively, you're chasing around (Courtney) Fortson and (Rotnei) Clarke so you have to keep some strength in their legs. (Tay Waller) and Frankie (Sullivan) and (DeWayne) Reed had a long night chasing those guards around."

On Auburn's three-point shooting...
"That's our strength. We shoot a lot of them in games and we can shoot from a variety of spots. We just made them today and we needed them today."

On DeWayne Reed playing better in recent games...
"I thought he was outstanding at Florida. Tonight he has fouls and he gets frustrated at times when he doesn't get what he thinks is a foul. We've talked to him at length for many years that he has to be able to play through that frustration. He's getting better at it, but he's a guy that we have to have on the floor. He only played 10 minutes of the first half against their pressure. Bringing the ball up the court, he's our best ball handler and when we're bringing it up against heat, we need to have him on the floor. He made some key plays in the second half. Maybe some of those shots he made and plays he made were because he had fresh legs, it's hard to tell. The big thing with DeWayne is that he's been efficient in the last two games. If you look at his numbers, he's scoring, making free throws and that's what you're looking for."

On getting three straight stops...
"I don't think anybody was stopping anybody. If you look at it, we shot nearly 61 percent and they shot 50 percent. There are a lot of balls going in the hole there. I think both teams were hard to defend because of the way they play and the way they shoot the basketball. They've got four guys who can score, but we did finally get a few stops. I don't know if it was because of our outstanding defense or they just missed some shots. The one that (Stef) Welsh made in the second half was probably our best defensive possession and they made it. The second shots in the second half were going in. (Brendan) Knox, if we can get a lot of minutes out of him, then we are happy because he really fatigues."

On Marshawn Powell...
"He's a terrific player. If it weren't for the three Kentucky freshmen, he would be All-SEC. His numbers are outstanding. Late in the game, they're going to him. They're going to him to make a play and you don't see it too often when they go to freshmen in this league. He's a very good player right now and he's going to have a great career in the end."

On defending Courtney Fortson...
"You have got to do the best you can to keep them out of the painted area. He's going to bring it in there to you and I thought we did a pretty good job of not giving him double-figure foul shots that he's capable of getting. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job on him. He had 16 points and a couple of turnovers and we did a good job of sinking him for the most part."

On making sure that Tay Waller is taking shots when he's hot...
"At times, we'll make calls for him to get plays that are for him. I thought we had some plays that were spontaneous. Lucas (Hargrove) had one on the break where Tay got the ball over to him when he could have shot it. They know, when he gets going, that they should try to get him the ball."

On Delvon Johnson...
"He's been playing more and playing better for them off the bench lately. He played some more minutes in the last few days. He got some easy ones around the basket and some offensive rebounds."


Auburn Player Quotes
Lucas Hargrove, forward

On winning a close game...
"It was really important. Tay had a good game tonight. Reed did a good job controlling the team and telling us what to do. I had a little trouble guarding Marshawn Powell. Anytime you can get an SEC win late in the season, it means you are getting on a roll. With the conference tournament coming up, it is good to get everyone on the same page."

On Tay's performance...
"I'm not taking math this semester, but he shot 7-10 from the 3-point line and that is about seventy percent. You can't ask for any more. " On winning a close game...

"The younger people on the team can take the most from tonight's game. The freshmen saw that if you stay consistent and play through the whole game, good things will happen. We had some games earlier in the season when things did not go our way late in the game. We played hard, but did not come out with a win. For us to come out with a win, it is going to help everybody buy in to what coach is saying. Hopefully, everyone can get on the same page."

On the team's goal for the rest of the season...
"We try to go into each game like it is just that game. We try not to look forward much, but we know we are a different team than last year. Anything can happen with the conference tournament coming up. Last year we thought we were going to the NCAA tournament. So, you just never know. You can't get caught up in post season talk."

DeWayne Reed, guard
On the difference in tonight's close game...
"I just wanted to control the team. I have been struggling for the past three games. We just wanted to win this one so badly."

On the team's confidence...
"We have been working hard in practice. We just want to come together as a team and play hard every night. I have been dreaming about the SEC tournament. I keep dreaming that we are going to win the tournament after all of these close games."

On upcoming game against Ole Miss...
"We just have to keep playing together. We need to win the second half."

Tay Waller, guard
On his 3-point shooting...
"Every time we shoot the ball well, we win. Tonight it was just falling. As you can see, we played better once we made some shots. It felt really good because I have not had a game like this all year. "

On his go ahead jump shot...
"I just ran the play. Lucas set the screen for me and I was wide open. I just stepped up and shot it."