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Samford vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

Nov. 19, 2010

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

"Andre (Malone) played great tonight. I'm glad that he found his confidence, because he is one of those guys that really spends time on his own. He works on his own game, and his own confidence. You will find him in here late at night, so I am glad that Andre got it going for him. He is as offensively challenged as we are going to be all year. He's a guy that can make some shots. Our defense has to be better. It has to be better, especially when you are as offensively challenged as we are. Our attention to detail, especially when you play a team that runs the Princeton style offense, the discipline and the attention to detail that you have to have on the defensive end wasn't there tonight. We had a lot of breakdowns on the times that we were supposed to be switching, and you don't talk so two guys run to one and that leaves a guy open. Give Samford credit, because they did a great job executing our offense. They knocked down shots when they were open, so give them credit for that. We have to play better defensively. You can't let a team almost shoot 60% from the field and expect to win. "

On the team learning something new every game...
"I know how disappointed they are, because of how hard they work in practice. I told them this is a learning experience that we are going through. So many of these guys, really all of them, have never played at this level before. It is like I have a team full of freshman. Every day with freshmen, you know how they are going to be. They are going to be up. They are going to be down. They are going to be inconsistent. On the flip side, losing is not acceptable. That doesn't mean you are going to win every game. You aren't going to win them all. There has to be an exception of how hard you play in practice and how hard you compete, that you are not going to let go of that rope in any game. If you lose, it is because you ran out of time. I thought we fought hard tonight. I thought we executed great offensively against the 2-3 matchup. When we were patient and we executed and we attacked the zone, we got great shots. Some easy ones that we missed like some post ups. You have to have patience against a team that executes like that. In some key spots when we took our run, we took some quick shots that really hurt us."

1, Andre Malone, G, So.

On personal performance...
"I think I played pretty good. I think I could have done a little bit more defensively."

On team performance ...
"As a team, we just need to pick it up. We didn't play that well. As a whole, the defense needs to pick it up. We need to have more heart out there. We need to talk. We need to rebound."

On the frustration in playing against that type of offense ...
"It was tough. We had a week to go over it. That's not an excuse though. We need to talk more. Their offense is great. They had great shooters. I think we were worried about the back door more than the 3-ball, and that was probably what hurt us."

Samford Locker Room

Head Coach Jimmy Tillette

"Just so you know, I beat these guys at horse all the time. That's my opening statement and I'm sticking to it. I know Tony (Barbee) is playing short-handed, I understand that. I don't want to take anything away from our guys. Our guys competed. That was our constant theme all week. We beat Tennessee Wesleyan by two, believe it or not, at home. We improved from where we were last week. I'm looking at us, talking about us. It was important for us to compete. As a result of that, we were able to play longer possessions. We also have a lot of numbers, the most numbers we've ever had. We know that we are usually going to get out-rebounded, but we can't have turnovers. We only had ten. We had twenty-six baskets, and twenty-two assists. That's what we do. If we can do that and get effort we are going to have a chance to win some games. From their perspective, I know that their disappointed."

On how fun it was to watch when the offense is working ...
"There was nothing fun about the game, trust me, except for the end of the game. We had a nice combination of older guys stepping up. These two guys (Josh Davis and Josh Bedwell) are seniors, I know it's a dream. They are going to be a lot better, I know Tony (Barbee) is short-handed. He was complementary, and they will be better. He will get this right. He is a great recruiter, and I know that he is going to bring in some good guys."

On being satisfied with the offense...
"We did some good things, but we have got a long ways to go. It all looks good when the ball goes through the basket, but there is a process to that. I was really pleased that they were able to take care of the basketball. That's a key, being able to take care of the basketball."

4 Josh Davis, G, Sr.

On having this type of shooting game...
"I did last year, but it wasn't a seven for seven or one hundred percent. Usually when someone's hot they make a couple in a row, and then it stops. It felt good to make that many in a row. I don't know if I have ever shot like that before. It felt good to get out there and do it like that."

On the shot before halftime...
"It was one of those moments where you shoot it and hope it goes in, and once it does the basket opens up and looks three miles wide all of a sudden. It was almost a prayer, throwing it up at the end of the half, and a sign to keep things going into the second half."

10 Josh Bedwell, F, Sr.

On offense...
"When they (Auburn) went zone, I thought they shaded a lot of JD's (Josh Davis) side because he had a great first half. When I came in, it balanced the floor and we really started clicking, because they couldn't shade the one side. They had to respect both sides of the ball. I thought that helped us a lot."



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