UAPB vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

Nov. 28, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

Opening Statement...
"We were sluggish the whole night. Until we start to enjoy playing hard, playing tough and nasty we are going to look sluggish. We do not enjoy playing that way right now. We think that it is about trying to outscore people and that is not going to do anything but get you beat. I am happy that we won, but we have a long way to go until we get better."

On frustration from the game...
"All of the games have been frustrating thus far. I am not enjoying coaching this group right now because they are not enjoying playing the way that you have to play to win at a high level. It is not about offense, it is about the meanness, nastiness and toughness that you have to play with. Their starting four and five both had ten rebounds. My starting five man got his first rebound with a minute to go in the game. That is not going to get it. If we are going to rely on Kenny (Gabriel) to be our dominant rebounder, we are in for a long year."

On Willy Kouassi's play...
"Willy played well today. He is one guy that I would say plays with that meanness, toughness and desire that we need. He has no idea what he is doing out there. No clue. What he does know is how to play hard, mean, nasty and tough. All of that other stuff, we are going to help him figure it out and we are going to teach it to him. It is going to take time because he is coming in here as a blank canvas. We are starting from scratch with him and it is going to be a work in progress. If everybody would play with his type of passion and desire on the floor, we have a chance to go a long way. Right now we are not enjoying what I like to call the grind. We are coming to practice right now like we are going to the dentist's chair and it is showing in how we are playing."

On playing so much zone during the game...
"We could not keep anybody in front of us. They would throw one or two passes and drive the ball right by us, which put us in help and scramble mode. That is why they were getting wide open threes. It is just disappointing that we are taking steps backwards, but I guess it is good to be disappointed after a win."

#22 Kenny Gabriel, F., Sr.

On the type on playing that Coach is looking for...
"Playing defense as hard as you can. No matter how it is on offense, playing as hard as you can and trying not to let your man score and boxing out, and going and getting rebounds with two hands."

On the message Coach is trying to send...
"He told us in the locker room we hadn't arrived yet. He was really thrown by the way we played defense today. You can tell that some of us were down on each other and trying to pick each other up, saying let's go and let's get a stop here and there and let's get consecutive stops so we can score and run the transition on offense."

On the end of the first half...
"We started making shots and right now when we make shots, we play defense. When we don't we're kind of lackadaisical on defense. With our defense it has to be whether we make or miss shots, we need to play hard defense all the time, not just some of the time."

#23 Frankie Sullivan, G., Jr.

On dissatisfaction of their performance...
"I think we're more disappointed in ourselves. You see nobody smiling about this game, because we're not playing to our full potential. We're moving backwards right now and I really don't know why. We'll evaluate ourselves tomorrow once we get into a team meeting, and I think that we're just not playing hard enough. I was getting beat off the dribble several times. We're not playing hard enough, getting our big guys in foul trouble, and that's not what we're trying to do. What we're trying to do this year is establish ourselves as defensive stoppers and playing mean and tough and gritty. We're not doing that right now and we're not satisfied at all with ourselves."

On the end of the first half...
"It wasn't really our defense. We just hit some shots. We were still breaking down a lot and getting beat off the dribble. I don't think that we are getting how hard we have to play and If you watch the top teams in the nation, they play really hard. We're trying to establish this ball club this year and build a house that we have to protect every time someone comes in here. We're not doing it right now. We're letting guys beat us to the basket and that's unacceptable to us. I think that we played really bad. The score shows otherwise, but our defense's intensity is not there right now."


UAPB Locker Room

Head Coach George Ivory

Opening Statement ...
"It was a pretty good game. Auburn came into it well coached and we expected a hard-fought game. I think our guys came out and maintained their composure with Auburn pressuring us in the first half. They made some crucial shots and they shoot the ball well. I'm proud of my guys, but we have to realize that we can't give them open shots."

On adjustments to stop Auburn's first half 3-point success ...
"That was one thing we talked about at halftime. We gave up eight shots in the first and I was telling them that they can shoot and that they are well coached. I thought our guys did a great job in the second half in stopping them from three."

On Auburn switching to man defense in the second half ...
"We didn't run any specific plays. We just wanted to move the ball better. Savalace Townsend had a great game for us and Kyle Jones did an excellent job for us coming off the bench tonight. He's an excellent shooter and we wanted to get him the ball."

#23 Savalace Townsend, senior, G

On if the team executed the game plan better in the second half ...
"At moments we did and at other moments we lapsed. We weren't focused at times and I think at the seven-minute mark in the first half we started executing our game plan perfectly. In the second half, they got hotter and we tried to keep them from getting it going, but that's what they did."

On finding his shots against the Auburn defense ...
"To me, it was easy. I'm not going to lie. I had four 3-point shots and I attacked the basket, but they have a lot of height and they are good at blocking shots and that's where they got us."

On keeping up with Auburn's fast-paced offense ...
"We got some guys that can run too. We just wanted to pressure the ball and get back on defense. I think they average about 20-25 points a night on the fast break, but we tried to eliminate that and bring it down some, but that's how they play and they were successful."

#30 Kyle Jones, G

On what team will take away from the loss ...
"That we can compete with anybody. It took a lot of heart to come back from being down by 19 points. Coach told us to keep fighting because we're not going to cut the lead by making one basket."

On being the spark off the bench ...
"I just play as hard as I can, whether it's in a game or in practice. I just went with it because coach told me to keep shooting."

On difficulty for team to get points in the paint ... "They're a pretty big team. We're a bit undersized, but our outside game was going and our guards were doing well."