Campbell vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

Nov. 20, 2010

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On Campbell coming back to win in the second half...
"It's the growing pains that I've been talking about since I got here. It's part of it, understanding how to win. It doesn't happen overnight. It is a process. We put ourselves in position in all three games this year, two from leads and one from behind, but we put ourselves in position to win. We just don't quite understand how to win and that doesn't happen overnight. It is a process you have to go through. It's what I talked about. When you have a young, inexperienced team and you're learning how to grow, guess what you experience? Growing pains and these are the growing pains I've talked about. It's not pleasant; it doesn't feel good. It is a hurt locker room, you have a hurt coach, because I hate losing more than I like winning. But I've always said this, and this team, we're going to get there. It's like I've told them, it's a long year, it's a learning year, and we have to catch on and come on. You can't contribute to your own demise. You can't. If you're going to get beat you have to make that other team beat you. Give Campbell credit, they won the game, they made some shots, they made some plays, they made some free throws down the stretch, but we did more to contribute to our own demise tonight than they did to our own demise. We guarded well enough, we rebounded well enough, 24 turnovers. The press didn't affect us. Of our 24 turnovers, I bet half of them were travels. You're talking about basic basketball plays. You have to dribble it before you take off walking. You can't beat yourself and that's what we did tonight.

On the defense...
"I thought it was better. We guarded well enough tonight to win, let's put it that way. Could it have been better? Absolutely. I bet there were 10 times where we got the shot clock, because we guarded pretty well, to under 10 and they scored or we fouled them every time in that situation. Late shot clock defense, you have to be at your tough-mindedness, your most focused, your most intense, your most execution in that spot, late shot clock, and we broke down every single time. Like I said, it's a learning experience and we're going to have to try to grow quickly because we play in less than 24 hours. We're going to have to get this one out of our system quickly and come back tomorrow and try to get on the board with one."

1 Andre Malone, G, So.

On losing the first three games of the season ...
"It's real tough. We talk about it all of the time. We've got to find a way (to win). We're so young. We're trying hard, but we've got to find a way to win. Right now, we don't know how to win, so we've got to do a little bit more in practice to find a way to win."

On Auburn's scoring drought late in the game ...
"We've got to find more people that can score the basketball. Really, our defense has got to be our offense because if we get out there on defense, he's going to let us run the floor on offense."

On playing an SEC schedule...
"It's so tough for us because we know that it's going to be bigger guys and we're trying to figure out if we're losing to teams like this, it's going to be a rough season, but we've got to find a way how to turn that around."


Campbell Locker Room

Head Coach Robbie Laing

"Well we tried to take advantage of what little time and preparation we had with a lot of video and very little physical work. I told our players that I thought that was important particularly when we got to March and had that scenario because, you have your system in and to get out on the floor just wears you down physically. We're trying to teach them to take care of themselves off the floor, getting good nutrition and good rest and to be very cerebral in their preparation, and if we can do this it would be a great sign of maturity for our team."

On the flow of the game ...
"I wish I could tell you I had something really profound or game changing, but the fact of the matter is I told the kids, as always that the percentages catch up if we do the right thing. We had a bad spell we gave up too many second shots and that fueled a lot of their success. They had some easy lay ups mixed in there and that didn't help out either, but once we got settled in and offensively took care of the ball a little bit better and I think when Lorne (Merthie) dropped in a shot there was a big exhale for our team there because we were struggling to score from everywhere it wasn't just from the perimeter. I told them to just do what we do and don't let situations cost you your composure, and the kids didn't. "

On the team's athleticism and second chance opportunities...
"We haven't had that combination, and we've worked really hard to get there. Players win games when it comes right down to it, for Keishawn (Mayes) to come up with that second chance opportunity and finish with a three. Amir (Celestin) was fabulous, he played underneath the defense the entire second half, dished off balls finished at the rim and made his free throws. He was really special. But to have the combination of a big guy rebounding and a little guy to get underneath provides great balance and a lot of weapons."

2 Amir Celestin, Guard, Jr.

On their performance as a team...
"As a team we played really great. We played together. We stress family, so I think that helps us play together."

On beating an SEC team...
"It's a great win for us. We have a lot of new players. We're trying to get our chemistry together for the rest of the season."

On this game preparing them for the rest of the season...
"It's great. We have confidence to go in our conference games, and win."