Presbyterian vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Dec. 18, 2010

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On tonight's game...
"I told them I was proud of them for the way that they fought back in the second half, but the game was lost in the first half. All the energy we expended to get back in the game, we didn't have enough to get over the hump. If we would have played with that intensity and that effort in the first half, then the game could have gone a different way. Offensively, we're going to be challenged all year long scoring the ball. Therefore, for 40 minutes it has to be maximum output defensively, attention to detail defensively, and then the biggest thing that's killing us is the toughness, and it shows up on the backboard. Three games in a row we have been dominated on the backboard. Look at their starting center, he had 16 rebounds. Our starting center had one rebound. It's the trenches. That's where we're losing this game. We have to get tougher in that area. Again, I told them I'm proud of them for the way that they fought back, and the way they battled because they very easily could have tucked their heads and thought the game was over. We found a combination late at the end of the (first) half and that gave us a little spark, so I started that group in the second half, and they set the tone for how we played in the second half."

On only having five turnovers in the game...
"There's a lot to be happy about. I thought in the second half, we got after it a little harder defensively. We caused some turnovers. I thought we did a better job of taking care of the ball in this game, given that we played a team that didn't press. They weren't really out to force turnovers. You just look at the way the guarded us and how they guarded certain guys. It got to the point that we had four guys on the perimeter. They had four guys inside the paint because they're looking and saying, `Hey these guys can't shoot.' We did some good things. We have to do better offensively so we don't put as much pressure on our defense, but our defense has to be better. Give them credit. They made shots, but we let a team that is shooting 46 percent on the year shoot almost 70 percent in the first half and 60 for the game."

 

 

On Frankie Sullivan playing again and his contribution tonight...
"I'm excited. I think we all are to see Frankie back on the floor. Even though we have to temper our expectations because of the type of knee injury he's coming back from. It's like I told Frankie, he has given our team a boost and the crowd and the fans a boost. He got a big cheer when he came in the game tonight, but he still has to understand and be patient with himself, as our fans have to be with him and as I am with him. I told him, `Right now, do what you can do. You aren't the Frankie of a year ago, and it's going to take you awhile to get there. It does when you come off a knee injury. Just be patient with yourself and do the little things.' I'm glad we have Frankie back, but we still have to have other guys play better."

On shooting under 50 percent in the first half and over in the second half...
"A lot of that was because we scored off of turnovers. We picked up our aggressiveness on the defensive end of the floor. It was that lineup I went to with Kenny (Gabriel) at the five and Josh Langford at the four late in the first half that gave us a little bit of a run going into halftime that I stayed with. With that lineup, because it's a little more athletic and a little bit quicker and a little bit faster, that will extend our defense. I saw it late in the first half have an effect and so we stayed with it to start the second half."

On Sullivan considering a redshirt this year...
"There was thought, but as we met with Frankie and his folks, at the end of the day I don't know how Frankie feels physically. He only knows. At the end of the day, I told Frankie it's up to him because he felt like and the doctors felt like he was ready to go. I told him before the South Florida game, `Frankie, it's your decision. If you don't feel like you can contribute and you're not confident because it's not really a physical thing at this point, it's a mental thing when you have that type of injury. If you don't feel mentally 100 percent then don't do it. There's no rush to have you back.' He told me, `Coach, I'm ready to go.' We're all excited to get him back. Game by game, we're going to see him slowly progress back to the old Frankie."

On Ty Armstrong possibly returning as well...
"It's a possibility. He's a lot like Frankie. He's ahead of the normal timeline in terms of the rehab and where he's at in the stage. His injury happened about three weeks to a month after Frankie got injured, so that's about the timeline that he's behind in terms of where Frankie is right now. He's back doing some things, not in practice, but he's back doing some things on the court where he's doing some individual workouts and some running and some cutting so he's looking good."

32 Frankie Sullivan, G, Junior

On coming back in the 2nd half....
"First off, we should have not been in that place to begin with because we were not playing tough enough as whole and we let ourselves slip. If you let a team get up 20 points in the first half and waste all that energy trying to fight back. It will kill you every time. It was just effort in the second half. We really focused in. Until we buy in to what coach is telling us that we are not the best offensive team right now, and we are not the biggest team on the boards...so until we box and play tough, this is going to happen to us every night. We are going to change this around. That is the plan. We see glimpses of it, but when we plug in one hole another opens up. So until we learn to fix the dam as a whole, then were are going to keep having this problem."

On how his knee is feeling...
"It felt good, the best it has felt in a while. Once I got in and playing and in the motions, I stopped thinking about it, and it felt pretty good."

On changing momentum late in the game...
"That is when we made our runs, and I think that just me being out helped the team. Not scoring wise, but the hustle. I do the little things. I know I can't play the way I used to play so I try to help the guys out by just talking on the court. Sometimes just seeing me out there helps the team. We are going to be pretty good."

41 Rob Chubb, Forward, Sophomore

On what the team can learn from tonight's game...
"We are starting to get it a little bit. Today, it was just a lack of effort right out of the gate. We came out flat, and everyone's head was in different places. We are starting to hold the ball a little more cautiously. We used to make a lot of bad passes. We are starting to figure out where we are as an offensive team. The more we protect the ball the better our flow is going to go. We have moments of brilliance. When we are locked in, focused and locked in we can play with any team. Our problem is, we fall apart quickly and we don't get back up once we get into the vibe. Frankie just being on the court helps us. It helps us in the fact that we got a big time player on the court, and the crowd is getting into it. We just need to get a little more mature as players, and we are on the road to it."

On where the team is now compared to the beginning of the season...
"Everybody is starting to calm down they get the ball. Me personally, I always had a problem with anxiety when I got the ball. You get it, and you are thinking a million miles an hour. Once you start to mature, you realize your body can go a thousand miles an hour and you think like you are walking around. Making decisions quickly is not as important as making the right decision. You have to make good decisions and slow down. We are starting to make better decisions and not getting ahead of ourselves."

On six-game home stretch...
"We practice here every day and we are used to this place. This is our house. Playing on the road freaked everyone out. We have people that have never played on the road before, so everyone had some jitters. Being back here is going to give us so more solid foundation to get more wins and play better as a team."


Presbyterian Locker Room

Head Coach Gregg Nibert

Opening Comments
"We didn't want to make it that close but it was a great game. A team on the road made a run at us. They switched the zone. They made us turn it over. Turnovers were the key in the game. We made the plays when we had to make them. I'm really proud of senior Walt Allen, and Al'Lonzo Coleman and Pierre Miller. We had two guys playing 40 minutes. Walt and Khalid Mutakabbir and Pierre played 38 minutes. Joshua Clyburn came in and made a play, Tyler Deilh came in and made a big three. It was a total team effort, and I couldn't be more proud of us coming here and beating an SEC team. Auburn got beat by some teams earlier, but this team with Frankie Sullivan is a whole different team. We beat a heck of a team on the road."

On staying focused in the second half...
"Auburn went to that zone. When teams go zone, we need to do a lot better job of getting the ball inside and play better against the zone. We beat them 32-19 on the boards. We played man-to-man. What a win, and now we have to go on the road to Wake and beat an ACC team."

On preparing for the rest of the season...
"I told the boys that we were getting ready for December 31st against Winthrop. I want to see how tough they are and win this game defensively. We need to get mentally tougher and physically tougher to win on the road defensively. To play this team man-to-man for 40 minutes was tremendous and showed our heart and character. Pierre Miller did some really nice things on defense."

On the win...
"This is a huge win. Anyone that questioned the Division I move, isn't questioning it now. Presbyterian College, the smallest Division I school in the country, just beat Auburn. That shows everyone what kind of school we have. Every sport is benefitting. It takes time, scholarships and money, but we will get there."

#24 Khalid Mutakabbir, Guard, sophomore

On being the game's leading scorer ...
"I don't ever think about being the game's leading scorer, I just try to run the coach's system and hopefully if I become the game high scorer then so be it."

On success from the three-point line ...
"Well, AL'Lonzo Coleman attracts so much attention. Everyone on our team is such great three-point shooters and it opens it up for everybody, for AL'Lonzo Coleman, Jake Troyli, Ryan Hargrave and Josh Clyburn. Jay Reynolds' inside presence opens it up for everybody.

On adjustments made in the second half to limit turnovers ...
"Coach told us to slow down. Auburn hurried us so much and they got momentum, which actually carried over into the second half. Luckily we pulled it out. They have a really good team."