Auburn vs. South Alabama Post-Game Quotes
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Dec. 6, 2006

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Auburn Coach Jeff Lebo

"The first half we were garbage. We had 14 turnovers and no offensive rebounds. I couldn't believe that we were up at the half; I thought that we would be down by 12. We had a nice 16-0 run in the second half. We finally got going a little bit. We looked like we were in quicksand. The change in defenses slowed us down a little bit instead of playing up to speed. We played Quantez (Robertson) more at point guard, a more experienced guy who just blew through a lot of their stuff. We flowed a lot better tonight with him in there. (DeWayne) Reed is going to have to learn as a freshman how to change defenses. Their (USA) quickness in the backcourt bothered us. They have quick guys back there and that was a factor especially early in the game. We shot the ball well this game. Archie (Miaway) shot it well. I brought Rasheem (Barrett) off of the bench because I wanted him to light a fire on offensive boards. We've been disappointed to date with him defensively. He had a couple of key offensive rebounds on the foul line for us and was little bit better defensively for us. He is not shooting the ball at a high percentage for us now. I am not worried about that as long as he takes good shots. What I am worried about is him defending the offensive rebounding. He hasn't been doing that as much as we expected him to in the first nine games, but I think he did that tonight."

On 16-0 run...
"We stopped thinking so much. We were getting the ball out of bounds slow, walking the ball up the court. We weren't attacking it, we were passive. We just got way more aggressive in the second half. Quantez really sparked us in the second half with his aggressive play, taking the ball to the basket."

On free throws...
"We finally got 71 percent. I don't know what game we have shot better. We got to the free throw line, which was nice. Inside, Josh (Dollard) and Korvotney (Barber) weren't very good in the first half, which hurt us a little bit."

 

 

Auburn Guard Archie Miaway

On adjusting to playing at Auburn...
"I feel more comfortable. There was an adjustment period coming from a junior college to playing at the D-1 level and getting in game shape. My teammates keep picking me up, letting me know to keep shooting the ball."

On personally getting better defensively...
"When I first got here, it was a case of me just not being in shape. You can ask Rasheem (Barrett). I was about to pass out in some practices. I am just really in much better shape than I was in when I first got here, and the coaches have been helping me work on my defense. That's just something I have to work on to be a better player at this level."

Auburn Guard Rasheem Barrett

On coming off the bench...
"I just reflected back to my freshman year coming off the bench, and I knew that whatever time coach puts me in, that's when I have to come in and give to my teammates. As far as coming off the bench as a sixth man, seventh man, or eighth man. I just have to come in and do a job. That's what I did tonight."

On what settled the team down in the second half...
"Just us getting ourselves together and telling ourselves that we are not playing well. It's as simple as that. We aren't playing our game; we are playing like we are in a high school or middle school gymnasium or something. We have to suck it up and be some men and play. That's the bottom line, just stand up.'"

On whether a player or coach settled the team down...
"We said that, but we get it from coach because he is always telling us that. When you hear it so much, it just sticks in your head. He would have said we were in an elementary school gym."

On if his ability to make shots tonight helps his confidence...
"It helps a lot to be able to shoot the jump shots and for the threes to fall. I have been working on those. Last year, that was my shot. This year, I have been missing a lot of threes, but I am trying to stay focused and come in to the gym and shoot. Coach has been working with me a lot. It's just me not being into the game as much. Playing defense and going to the boards, that's what I have to do every night."

South Alabama Head Coach John Pelphrey

On Auburn...
"I think Auburn is getting better and better. We had a chance to watch them on film a little bit. Jeff has done a very good job with them and they are getting better. As they continue to get their people back, they are going to be a pretty good basketball team."

On the game...
"For whatever reason, we never got any rhythm going on offense. We did at the start of the second half a little bit, and then we shut it down or they got a little better defensively. It depends on how you look at it. I'm disappointed with the way we handled the lead. I just felt like they made some plays that we should have been able to stop. You have to give them credit. They played a little harder than we did tonight."

On Auburn's seven consecutive turnovers in the first half...
"That's a little misleading. They still scored 60 percent of the time. If they hadn't turned it over so much, they would have had some good chances to score. In the second half, we stood them down some, but give Auburn credit. They are getting better."

South Alabama Guard Stephen Cowherd

On the game...
"The difference in the game was the run they made in the second half. We had a lead and I think they scored 16 points in a row. We didn't play hard enough and turned it over too much."

On losing the first of two straight games against SEC opponents...
"There is always another game. We will be alright going to Mississippi State. I think this team will bounce back. You have to give Auburn the credit for this one. We have to make more shots and not turn the ball over as much."