Feb. 21, 2012
Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee
On Auburn's performance "You're not going to beat an explosive offensive team like Florida is when you're not knocking down shots. We did a good job holding them to seven points under their average, but a big key was that we were going to have to score. We had 11 points in the second half up until two minutes to go in the game. You're not winning the game on their floor when they are a veteran, season team. We knew they were going to make a run, and we just didn't have the firepower to counter-punch it."
Senior Forward Adrian Forbes
On the game "We gave ourselves a chance going down the stretch in the second half, but losing on the backboards by 15 and coming into a place like this, you can't expect to win."
On the second half "I think that they realized we were attacking in the first half and they came out in the second half more aggressive than we were. We let that adversity kind of hit us and that was it."
Sophomore Guard Varez Ward
On the game "We didn't defend as well as we did in the first half, so the lead got up on us and we struggled to get back in the game. We ended up shooting 33 percent and you can't come down here and expect to win, especially on their home court, shooting 33 percent."
On injuries to Senior Forward Kenny Gabriel "Kenny's one of our better players. When you lose one of those, somebody else has to step up. I didn't step up tonight and neither did some other guys. It was unfortunate."
On getting Florida to play their type of game
"At the end of the day, we lost. IF we would have won, I could sit here and comment on that, but
we lost. We have to play better defense than we did. You can't have a team shoot 63 percent on
us and expect to win."
Junior Guard Kenny Boynton
On Coach Donovan's talk at halftime "It was tough. He got on to us pretty good. He felt like we didn't come out ready to play. We weren't focused and came out with a lack of energy. They were shooting a lot from 3-point range and that was the focus - that we needed to stop them at the 3-point line."
On turnovers "They are very costly. We could have won by more early in the game, but we turned the ball over and they were converting on them. We had some stretches in the first where we didn't score and that hurt us a lot in the first half."
Senior Guard Erving Walker
On if the big win at Arkansas affected their play the first half "We had two great practices. I think it was just one of those things - we didn't come out focused enough and we can't do that at this point in the year. Hopefully, that is the last time we do that."
On playing better in the second half "As soon as we came out of the locker room, Coach (Donovan) really gave it to us and we knew we had to step up our play or it would be bad. The game wasn't going our way so we knew we just had to listen to him and had to pick it up."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
On the team "I almost feel like there has to be a respect level and an understanding of how fragile all this is. I think what you're trying to do as a coach is understand that there's always those days when you look like you're great and days you look like you're really bad. But we try to get them to make a decision of who they really want to be (as a team)."
On the game "The way we played the second half was much, much better. We dug ourselves a hole and then we contributed to a lot of Auburn's success in the first half with offensive rebounds and turnovers."
On if halftime frustration carried over to defense in the second half "I was disappointed. We turned the ball over 12 times; we were 5-for-10 from the 3-point line; we gave up eight offensive rebounds. I probably didn't do a good enough job coming out of a 30- point win on the road of getting them where they needed to be mentally. We were slow reacting in the first half."