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Columbus State vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

Nov. 8, 2010

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Auburn Head Tony Barbee

"We have a long way to go. Like I told our guys, the best thing about this game tonight, it doesn't count. We will take a lot from this game. We are going to have some teaching points when we watch the film. We are a team that has to play harder than our opponent from start to finish all year long just in order to survive. That is the kind of team we have to be. I thought we did some good things when we got down by 12. I thought at that point we played with a little bit of desperation, and a sense of purpose that we have to from the tip. With this team we are going to be offensively challenged this year. I thought we did some good things defensively. We did hold them to 29 percent shooting from the floor which is a great number, but then we gave up 15 offensive rebounds. If you cut that number in half, that is probably 22 percent. We are a team that is not going to out jump people. We better put bodies on people. We have to keep working on those things in practice, so they become habits in the game. I thought 14 turnovers was too many. Some of them were just being sloppy or careless with the ball, but down the stretch, we played with some great composure and some confidence. I thought we executed really well down the stretch. I thought guys stepped up, and made some plays. We will watch the tape and we will look at it, but at the end of the day it is always the little things that make the difference. The little things, if you do them, they add up to a big win, or they add up to a big loss if you don't do them. If we go 10-for-20 from the foul line, instead of 7-for-20, that's 50 percent, which is an awful number, we still win by one. You can't go 7-for-20, and expect to win against a good ball club. Give them credit, they played hard. They are going to have a great season. We needed that for the character of this young team to continue to grow. We needed a challenging game. Obviously we wanted to win, but at the end of the day, it doesn't count, and we have to get better, and look forward to Friday night."

On free throws....
"When your margin of error is not real high, you better do those little things. Making free throws is one of those things that we have to do well as a team. We are going to continue to work on them. We shoot a ton in practice, under pressure. We work on technique, but guys just have to step up to the line with confidence and make free throws."

On the hard work and hustle from the team...
"It has to continue to improve. Even from the first game to today, I don't think we improved on that area as much as we need to. We just need to embrace it. We have to embrace it individually. We have to embrace it collectively. That is the type of team that we have to be to survive. We are not going to outscore people. We aren't going to out jump people. We aren't going to jam it down the people's throats in the post. We went 5-for-20 from the three, and I thought we had a lot of good open looks. We have to do those kinds of things that even the game out. We have to continue to watch the tape and understand. It is like what I told our guys, we are a young team. When you don't have a lot of experience, you get it with the lights on. That is where we are going to get our experience. Anytime we hit the floor, we are going to gain some valuable experience with our young guys. We can't let a team play harder than us in our building. I thought we did it again in spurts, and we definitely did it when we were down 12, but you have to do it from start to finish. Then when we go to the bench, they guys that come off the bench have to raise the level of intensity. They can't keep it the same or let it go the other way. We have a lot to work on, and we have a long way to go. It is like I told our guys, they're heads were down, and they should be because they lost, and no one takes losing harder than me, but there is a realization of where we are. We are going to build that foundation every day, and every day become a better team."

#22 Kenny Gabriel, F, So.

On tonight's outcome...
"We know we're not satisfied by what happened, but one thing we're satisfied with is that we played with poise at the end of the game, and we showed that we had heart. Just because we got down by 12, 13 points, we're not going to let them come in here and beat us on our home court. But yeah, it doesn't count on our win-loss record, and we're still showing that we've got a lot of stuff to work on in practice. That's all we can do--go back and practice, look at film, and go from there."

On whether tonight's game fells like a loss or a bad practice...
"It kind of feels like both, because at the beginning of the first half we didn't come out. We went on a 10-2 run and they called a timeout, and then all of a sudden they went on a 10-0, 12-0 run. That's what happens in practice just about every day. It kind of feels like a loss, and it feels like we lost that game, but in a sense it's just like a bad practice. So we've got to get ready for Friday against UNC-Asheville."

On his rebounding...
"It's been a real big focus for me and Coach (Barbee). Coach (Barbee) gets on me every day about rebounding with two hands. I can't sit there and blame myself, but I think instead of us being here in this interview right now we should be just now ending overtime with a win. It all comes down to fundamentals and just going up there and being strong with the ball, and just going to get it with two hands."

#33 Earnest Ross, G, So.

On the design of the last play of the game ...
"The play was really designed as a clock (play). It's something we normally do at the end of a shot clock. That is basically our point guard, Josh Wallace, getting into the lane, creating (a play), and if they collide then kick it out, drive, and try to score. That was basically it."

On the poor foul shooting...
"Foul shooting is one of the major things that we need to improve on as a team. As you see, we didn't make many free throws in tonight's game, but that's something we're striving to do in practice each and every day. And that's what we've got to continue to work on to win games. That's what we needed tonight, is free throws, and we're going to continue to work on that in practice."

On whether they have had poor foul shooting in practice...
"Actually no, that's the funny thing--we haven't. When the lights come on, that's when we importantly need the, actually. All we can do is just continue to work hard, and when the lights come on show what we can do."

Columbus State Locker Room

Head Coach Robert Moore

"It was a great basketball game. Auburn really played well. I said before the game that Steven Peterson was going to have a good game."

On game winning shot...
"We talked in the huddle about running and isolation play for Steven Peterson, because it gave us the best chance of winning. He took the shot, it was a great shot, and he made it."

On taking big lead in the second half...
"We talked about playing your role, and doing what you need to do to make this a successful team. I thought we played will, and built some great momentum. Auburn did not quit tonight, and kept fighting back."

On handling Auburn's late run...
"I tell our guys all the time that basketball is all about spurts of scoring. So we just really try to work on our defense, and hope that they turn it over or miss some shots. I think our guys hung in there, and really played tough."

On what the team can take away from winning a close game...
"As a coach you always want to see if your team can win close games. I thought tonight our guys showed poise. They made shots at the right time, and made stops at the defensive end. Our guys just don't quit. In the last two minutes of the game it looks like we were never going to get a rebound, but they kept working."

#15 Donta Ridley, G, Jr.

On preparing for today's game...
"Coming into a big atmosphere like in Auburn, we knew that we would have to practice hard and play hard. I told the guys before the game that we would have to give it our all, even though it was an exhibition (game)."

On what to take from today's game...
"With a down to the wire game like this, we can use this experience in future games with the same type of situation."

#21 Steve Peterson, G/F, Jr.

On taking the game winning shot...
"When I got the ball in my hands, I saw that I had a good look at the basket and took the shot. Luckily, the ball went in."

On what to take away from today's game...
"It is always good to get these exhibition games in. They are good practice for what the real game is going to be like. With a close game like this one, we can draw from the experience we've had from this game, and apply it to similar situations in the future."



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