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Nov. 16, 2009

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Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Overall Statement...
"Congratulations to Missouri State. I thought they played awfully well tonight in their home opener. I think it is pretty evident our turnovers were a big difference in the game. Eight assists and 25 turnovers will get you beat. Five of 24 shooting from three will get you beat most nights, especially on the road. We had a couple fast break plays that we didn't convert on. We had four-on-ones, three-on-ones, make dumb plays and then come back and they score lay-ups on. You have a couple of those and that is the difference in the basketball game."

On missing Tay Waller...
"He is our best outside shooter. He is our (Adam) Leonard. He is one of our experienced guys. Without him (we have) one guy that started for us last year and all the rest of them are new guys out there. It's the first road game for a lot of these guys. We had a lot of freshman out there that at times look like freshman. But it is good for them. They will grow up and learn what it's like to play on the road."

On Lucas Hargrove's performance...
"He played better. He was disappointed with the way he played against Niagara. He knew he was better than that. He had foul problems in the first game and got out of a rhythm. But he was pretty focused today, he was focused in practice the last couple days. He was the one, I thought, real bright spot for us in the game."

On getting offensive balance...
"Scoring is going to be a problem for us this year, especially now without Waller. (DeWayne) Reed and Waller were our only double-figure scorers coming back from last year and now we do not have Tay who really stretches the defense immensely with his ability to shoot the basketball."

Head Coach Cuonzo Martin
On the game...
"I thought it was a good win for our program. I thought our guys, up to this point, did a good job in practice, executing and working hard and competing. To get a game like that, especially without Mike Porter and Justin Fuehrmeyer, your point guard and your leader, it is not easy to play against a team like that. It was just a good win for our games. I thought that we stayed the course, continued to compete and found a way to finish the game."

On the key Bears' emotion in the game...
"The one thing about Cardell McFarland, Kyle Weems and Isaiah Rhine, their gauge of Auburn basketball is from last season. Well, it wasn't a very good outing. And now you've got these guys coming to your house a year later so you still remember what they did to us. They beat us pretty good. So now you just have to settle down. I think after those first ten minutes our guys kind of settled down and were able to play after that."

On transition offense...
"We have spent a lot of time on trying to attack. We have guys that really attack in transition, so we want to score the ball in transition, that is where we want to get our shots."

On Ryan Jehle's performance...
"He was good for us. That is a case of a veteran guy that has been in the trenches and understands what to do. Whenever he is called upon he just does what he needs to do. Like when he came in against Henderson State, he came in late in the game and made some big plays. When Mike Porter went down he come in and executed as well."

On Jermaine Mallett...
"He is one of those guys like Clark Kellogg says is a statsheet-stuffer. He does that in practice. He gets rebounds, he gets steals and he get turnovers in situations because he forces the issue, which is fine because he has been aggressive. He is attacking. Once he figures out how to pick and choose his spots he will be better at that."

On Kyle Weems...
"He is a very talented young man. I think for him he is one of our leaders and being consistent, understanding how good he is and how good could he can be, once he understands that and truly realizes the level of play he can become, he can really become something special."

Missouri State Players
#10 Adam Leonard
On what changed the game for the Bears...
"We really buckled down on defense. Early in the game, they got a lot of offensive rebounds and one of our main points in the last half of that first half was to get rebounds and out rebound them, and I think that was the main thing."

On the first real game...
"We have been looking up to this first game. Going through the first two exhibition games really helped us get prepared for this first game. Personally, I am really glad to be back, to be playing fully. Right now are young guys are really stepping up and helping play a big role in our team right now."

On taking the big shots...
"Once these guys drive, they sink down on them and kick it out to me, it is a good shot. Coach always wants us to drive and kick, drive and kick. I don't think there is any time in the game that is big or small. I think every shot is a big shot."

#34 Kyle Weems
On the importance of transition offense off Auburn turnovers...
"Jermaine (Mallett) got a couple of drives in there, our bigs ran the floor really well, (Ryan) Jehle had a nice turn around, and making them sprint as well as them making us sprint, I think that was a big key to the game."

On the stretching the lead in the second half...
"We came in the game confident. Give credit to Auburn, they are a great team, but they're just like any other opponent. Coach always talks about respecting your opponent. We really preach on coming out the first four minutes of the second half. Last year we kind of came out flat in a lot of our games and that is something that is one of our goals this year, to turn around and I think we did a pretty good job."

On the newcomers...
"They are exciting, they're great. They help our team. All of them want to learn, they are always asking questions. Jerome (Jones) did not get a lot of minutes today, but he was really into the course of the game. He is cheering people when they come to the bench, he is up on the bench if someone gets a dunk or makes a big shot. And that is key, that is something we pride ourselves as a team. One through 13, every body, including Mike (Porter) as well. I mean, he just got his appendix taken out and he is over there jumping around with stitches still in his stomach. That is just the nature of our team this year and I love the way we started tonight."

#15 Jermaine Mallett
On the atmosphere...
"It was exciting. I cannot even explain it. My adrenaline was rushing. I think that is how I got that big dunk. But it was nice."

On rebounding...
"That is what coach (Counzo) Martin preaches... three, four and fives crash the boards, and I play the three most of the time, so you got to do that. If you don't crash the boards then you might come out."