Dec. 11, 2012
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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee
On what he told the team at halftime...
"I am just going to chalk up this first half to finals, multitude of practices and ten days of rust. Let's knock down these looks. We had the same shots in the first half as we did the second half, they just didn't go in. Our guys shot the ball with better confidence. We took of the ball better too. Ten turnovers in the first half is way too many especially against a team that didn't press us. In the second half, the guys took advantage of their opportunities offensively."
On the return of Chris Denson...
"I am happy for Chris that he has been able to refocus. He put academics on top. He met a very high bar academically in the first semester. I told Chris this first semester doesn't deal with me. This is the rest of his career. I want to see him perform the way he did academically year round. Obviously from a basketball perspective, we all see what he brings to the team. He is another guy who can get buckets. He can score in a variety of ways."
On Denson's return helping Frankie Sullivan...
"It is big for Frankie because has another guy who he has confidence in right now. It is like I told the guys, not only do they have to earn my trust, they have to earn the veterans' guys trust as well. One of the things that Frankie, Chris and Josh (Wallace) have is that they have a good chemistry in the backcourt."
On how important it was to get a win...
"It is always good to get the taste of winning. The losing taste can get contagious. It is a disease we don't want to catch. This winning disease can become contagious too. Now let's get the taste of that and not lose it. It is not the team we played as the effect of why we won, but how we played and did we play the right way. Defensively I thought we did some good things. Terry Rose for them is as good of a shooter as we have seen all year long. We did a good job of not letting him get loose. He is averaging 17 a game against some really good teams. He wasn't able to get loose, because we paid attention to detail against him. We have to get on a roll and with the four games in a row at home, we have to get on a little bit of a roll, not just winning, but playing the right way and finishing game."
On the team having fun in the second half...
"Losing is not fun. They have kept a good attitude. It is a long season. Obviously none of us want to lose, but we are going to be a much better team in January than what we were in November and December because of the youth. When you get that late into the season, those young guys are no longer freshman. They will be playing at a higher level. We will have everybody. When everybody is on the same page offensively and defensively, we can go eight or nine deep. It will allow us to press more, which you saw tonight. It will be more aggressive with Chris being back and we will have more depth in the backcourt."
On playing Rob Chubb and Ashaun Dixon-Tatum at the same time in the second half...
"It is something we have been looking at in practice. We haven't been able to do it in a game. I am glad we had the opportunity to look at it in the game tonight. It is something we can do. They play well off each other. Our guards will play well off of them when we want to run. The biggest question for me is what are going to do with those guys defensively. I liked what Rob looked like today on the wing in our 2-3 zone. He becomes bigger than any of our other wing defenders. He has to be able to make the right reads because he is so used to being that five man in our zone. I thought he made some great reads. It is a hard transition to come from that center spot where you just have a pretty small space to having to be alert and aware on those wings. He did a good job tonight."
On the departure of Sharief Adamu...
"I am very disappointed. It is tell all of my guys, the sport of basketball is a great vehicle to teach a lot of life lessons. The biggest ones for guys this age is the decisions you make in your life will affect everything you do in life. We want to learn from other people's mistakes and not our own. I am disappointed in some of the decisions that Sharief made to put himself in this position."
On the walk-ons bringing energy to the bench...
"They work hard every day in practice. They are a part of this team. You can see the affection they have for each other. When many of the walk-ons are on the court you could just be sitting there, but that whole team was up going crazy and cheering for those guys. They wanted those guys to play well and score. It shows you the camaraderie this team does have."
Auburn Player Quotes
Jordan Price, Fr., G
On being able to make shots in the second half...
"Yes sir, it was just a result of us being in the gym everyday working out and just working on our game
and my teammates finding me. I was just happy to be out there with my teammates."
On how it feels to get a win again...
"It feels better than losing. Our coach in the beginning, he said winning is contagious, so hopefully this
win right here will rub off on us and we can just continue to press forward and win some more games."
On the change between the first and second half tonight...
"We played pretty well defensively in the first half, but we just tried to come out and we had to make
shots. In the second half we just started making the shots that we were missing in the first half."
On having Chris Denson back in the lineup...
"Oh it means a lot. He's an offensive threat and defensive threat, so we were just happy to have him
back. Hopefully he can continue to do what he does in the next few games that we play."
Chris Denson, Jr., G
On his first game back...
"It was a sigh of relief. Not playing for the first eight games and seeing my team go through that hard
stretch really hurt just being on the sideline not playing. Today was a sigh of relief. I think I brought a lot
of energy and the scoring spark that we needed to get the (win) today."
On if he learned anything from not being able to play...
"I did. I grew up, point blank, period. I didn't have my head on right. My priorities were messed up. That
comes with maturity, and I think I went through that. I have a great family and Coach Barbee and my
teammates, they really stood by my side when I was going through the hard time. I picked up and did
what I had to do to get back on the court."
On what he had to do to be eligible to play again...
"I had to pass 19 hours. That's what engineers and stuff take a lot. 19 hours is a lot. I stuck through it.
Having that and family problems and basketball practice, that can be kind of hard, but I stuck it out."
On the change between the first and second half tonight...
"I'll say just the break that we had; the 10-day break. We came out sloppy. People came out sluggish.
We had that talk in the locker room before Coach Barbee came in. We told each other before Coach
came in, we just needed to pick it up on (defense). When Coach Barbee came in, he reiterated the
defense and we need to score the ball. I think we shot 34 percent in the first half and ended up finishing
the game with 54 percent, so we picked it up."
On being able to help offer support on offense for Frankie Sullivan...
"Frankie has been doing his thing, but Coach Barbee even told me before this game that I needed to
be the scoring spark to help Frankie. We have other people that can score, for instance, Jordan Price.
Everybody just needs to make plays, and they'll be scoring sparks, as well."