Kennesaw State vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 14, 2011

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On Frankie Sullivan's offensive performance...
"He still has a way to go with his conditioning, which is hurting him on the defensive side of the floor. In terms of what he is capable of doing offensively, that is the Frankie we all know. He is a guy who has the ability to score and make shots. He has the ability to want to take big shots and make them. He just has to continue to improve his conditioning. A lot of that comes through playing. He had way too many turnovers. That is the offensive Frankie we all know."

On being sharp offensively...
"I thought we played decent offensively. I thought the issue tonight was a part of our maturation and growth that this team has to go through. We got complacent coming off McNeese State. We have a Kennesaw State team that just lost by 50 plus points to Wisconsin. These guys saw it, and their best player didn't play. This isn't about, not in an arrogant way, our opponents this time of the year. This is about us. This is about our growth, our maturation and our season. We took it for granted. When you do that you are sloppy with the ball, your execution, and you are not as sharp defensively. It was all three of those things for us tonight. It is unfortunate because some of our seniors haven't matured in that way. A lot of them haven't been in this position where they are, after one game, a certain level of expectation. Now they start reading the press clippings, and everybody tells them how great they are. We aren't there yet. There was a lot of good tonight. We held them to 32 percent shooting, and that is really good. We outrebounded them by 12. We shot almost 50 percent again. We shot over 50 percent from the three. But again, we had too many turnovers on that a team that barely pressed us. We also struggled at the free throw line. Free throws are all about repetition and confidence. We have been working on them and practice, so it will come in time."

On how the team responded when Kennesaw State cut it to seven...
"I like the way we responded, but we shouldn't have been in that position in the first place. That is the issue with I have. That goes back to the maturity of this team. We did respond, but we can't afford to take anybody for granted. We are not that good."

On if he knew Kennesaw State's Markeith Cummings was going to play...
"About five minutes before the game, I was informed by the coaches. I don't know how they found out, but they told me he wasn't playing. The guys probably knew in warmups when he was in street clothes. They probably knew way before I did."

#41 Rob Chubb, C. Jr.

On regressing a little bit during the second half...
"We kind of took them for granted after McNeese State. We were on a high after that game. They lost to Wisconsin by 60 a couple of days ago and then they didn't have their best player so everyone was kind of on cruise control. No one really wants to admit it, but everyone was kind of lackadaisical going through the game. We just have to pick it up."

On a 2-0 start...
"2-0 is definitely putting some confidence in the bank. We're shooting better. We're playing better. We're more confident. Everything we do is with a purpose instead of just going through the motions. Getting wins definitely helps us out, because last year we had a rocky start. If you don't start strong, you don't finish strong, or it's hard to finish strong."

On Frankie Sullivan's energy...
"When he gets going, he gets everybody going, because he's got this bulldog mentality. When he goes, he's just screaming, yelling, and getting everyone hyped up and ready to go. Everyone was a little tired and beat down tonight so we weren't jumping on his bandwagon as well as we should have. We had some defensive areas that we'll clean up. "

On being lackadaisical...
"Yea it was kind of the whole game. We were thinking they have no shot and that's not a good mindset to have. As soon as you take them for granted they will take advantage of you. We started to get defensively intense like we should have been and needed to be in order to finish the game out. We needed to pick it up in every area and Frankie knocked some shots down so we just rode off his intensity to finish the game off."

#23 Frankie Sullivan, G., Jr.

On getting back after being injured last season...
"I would say offensively yes, but defensively I'm not where I want to be. Everybody who knows me knows what I'm about and I don't think I did a great job with helping my team out on defense. I think I was slow getting to the ball, but that has a lot to do with me getting back in shape and being out for so long, but I think that's going to come back in due time."

On working during 10 day break before next game...
"That's been my main focus after practice. I've been trying to run and get on the elliptical and get my wind back. It's hard to do that when you've been out a year. You don't just get it back in one or two days. It takes months and sometimes years, but Varez (Ward) is also just getting his wind back, after sitting out last year. I think once I get into my stage where it's not hurt anymore or it's not sore anymore then I'll be back 100%.


Kennesaw State Head Coach Lewis Preston

Opening statement...
"Going into this game, considering how we played on Saturday, I wanted to see how resilient our group was, and I still don't like how we shot from the field. We were 33% overall. I thought we got to the free throw line 19 times, I can live with that. I tip my hat to Auburn they were 53% from three, shot 46% from the field, but the thing about it is, I thought we did a very good job of putting pressure on them. I thought they were tight for a little bit. We had the ball down six with the opportunity to put it down four or three and weren't able to knock the shot down. We're going to live and learn from this and continue to build and grow and get better."

On strategy coming into the game...
"I just wanted us to play hard. I was more focused on us. I wanted to make sure we continue to make the extra pass. We only had two assists on Saturday and we had nine tonight. I thought our turnovers were a little high. I just wanted to make sure we got some good shots and made the extra pass. I thought we did a very good job of that."

On Auburn's defense in the second-half...
"There is no doubt in my mind that Coach Barbee got on them pretty good in the half. I thought their intensity was where I thought it was going to be. I thought they extended out a little bit more with their pressure. Sometimes some of the shots you take are a result of that and I thought we took a couple quick shots, not that many. I thought we had more good and great shots as opposed to bad shots."

On what they can take away from this game...
"That we're much closer than all of us think. Preparation for Chattanooga on Friday. We need to get back to work tomorrow, and we're going to get a lot of shots up I promise you that. I'm just going to stay confident with this group. They have to understand that it's a work in progress and we just have to continue to embrace the opportunity."

#21 Aaron Anderson, Junior, F

On scoring better as compared to first game ...
"We just wanted to get better shots, move the ball around a little bit more, and get the ball into the right people's hands. We wanted to make better decisions on the court."

On his double-double ...
"I'm just trying to work hard. They gave me some good shots, some of them fell. We had a mentality that we wanted to come out with and knock them in the mouth because we knew that they were a good rebounding and defensive team. "

#5 Spencer Dixon, Senior, G

On adjustments made at halftime to try and counter the full-court press ...
"In the first half we handled ourselves pretty well. We knew they were going to pressure us all game, but we tried to maintain our composure."

On what the game plan was for Auburn ...
"I feel like the game plan worked for the most part, but we have to cover the open 3-point shots and limit the runs and fast breaks. The mentality was to attack them and not let up. We hung in there for a little bit, but we have to just compose ourselves and come back tomorrow, ready to work."

On what to take away from the loss ...
"There's a lot of positive things we can take away from this game. Aaron Anderson had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Brandon Dawson had a great game and we got a tremendous spark off the bench. Everyone had good games, we just have to get back to the gridiron and step it up."