Post Game Quotes

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Dec. 19, 2011

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On tonight's game...

"We got a win. I'm disappointed that we played to the level of our competition. It just leads to sloppy efforts like this. Give Florida A&M credit. They played harder than us today, just like North Florida did the other night. When you do that, you are always a step behind. You don't miss the easy layups. You shoot when you are supposed to pass, and pass when you are supposed to shoot. You get beat, because they are playing harder than you. When you are not ready to play, then you get sloppy. We had 21 turnovers, and their press didn't affect us. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of guys who have a natural feel for the game. We are lackadaisical with the ball. We have a point guard who had six turnovers. Kenny Gabriel, who barely handles the ball for us, had seven turnovers, just because he is sloppy with the ball. Hopefully it is a case of us just playing down to our competition. Unfortunately, when you do that, you create bad habits. When you think you are going to raise your level against a so called better opponent, you can't sustain it because you are not used to doing it all the time. That is the point I am trying to get across, and they are not getting it."

On overcoming poor shooting with good post play...

"Playing hard is an issue; not shooting. We just played down to the level of our competition. That is a bad habit."

On Chubb's 20-point performance...

"It is very misleading. He makes the game so much harder for himself."

On the status of Noel Johnson...

"He is still not there. He is looking OK in practice, but not 100 percent. Those guys have to build confidence in me before I throw them out into a game. He doesn't look like he is ready."

On Josh Langford providing a spark...

"He has got to learn how to use his intensity, his effort and how hard he plays, in a productive way. Playing that hard and then fouling down the end of the floor is not very productive. He needs to learn how to play without fouling, and we work on that."

On going on a large run in the second half to pull away...

"We were able to do that because we are better than them, but that is disappointing because we are not going to be better than everybody that we play. That is where the intensity and effort and making the other team match it comes into play. That is where I got these guys last year. That is what I am in the course of doing this year too. We do not out talent many teams we play. We especially don't out talent any team in Hawaii. We better make them match our intensity, and if we do that, we have enough on the floor to hold our own with anybody. If we are going out there like we are better than somebody, we are going to get beat."

On the upcoming tournament in Hawaii...

"I don't think flying 12 hours is a big deal, because everybody is doing it except for Hawaii. Now I think they have a distinct advantage over everyone, and it is their homecourt. It is the level of competition we want to be competing in, in this Diamond Head Classic. It is an outstanding field. If you want to take the program to the next level, these are the type of teams you need to put yourself against. We will see where we are at in these next three games over there."

Kenny Gabriel, Sr., F.

On blocked shots ...

"I'm trying to just time the shots right. I guess tonight I was in the right place in the right time. I was just trying to not make their shots easy."

On trip to Hawaii being first real test of season ...

"Yes it is. We're starting to get into the grind of the season and we're going to play good team after good team, night after night and it's going to test us."

Frankie Sullivan, Jr., G.

On idea of playing down to opponents ...

"There isn't a concern that we are, it's a fact. On paper you can see it. We went up by 15 points late in the game and let that lead slip and if we don't correct that now it's going to come back to bite us. We'll have to get it right on the flight to Hawaii."

On Auburn finishing games better ...

"I wouldn't say that we're playing down. They're a great team on paper with great outside shooters. We have to learn to finish games. Hats off to them because they played great, but if we don't have that killer mentality, then we're going to be in trouble."

On importance of return of Cedrick McAfee ...

"He's a scorer and he always plays hard. That is something we definitely need with our guard play. He's going to bring it hard every night, and if you don't keep up with him in practice and in the game then you're going to lose a spot in the rotation. He's going to be a great player for us."

Rob Chubb, Jr., C.

On improvement from the free throw line ...

"That is one of the things that I put emphasis on this summer. I focused on working out, eating better and my free throws. Coach had me on a whole new free throw routine. We focused on a new free throw program called, `Noah's Arc' and it helped me with consistency and has made my free throws a lot softer."

On trip to Hawaii ...

"I'm very excited to go. I know we're going out there on business, but, at the same time, I'm looking to slide around in the sand and catch some sun. It'll be nice, especially in December. Everyone is looking forward to it. The only thing we're not excited about is the length of the flight. We have some big guys and everyone is going to be wrestling over the exit seats. We might have some people with a pillow in the aisle."

Florida A&M Head Coach Clemon Johnson

On tonight's game...

"We played extremely well. I asked my guys before the game, or I told them, we need to compete. We'd been getting out behind and getting beat by 20 or 30 points the last couple of games, and I told them that was just totally embarrassing and showed that we weren't even putting forth an effort. All I asked for tonight was to compete, so I told them next game, I'm going to ask them for a win. Tonight, I asked for a competition, and we did that. I think we fought all the way through the ballgame. I really feel like if we learn how to make some free throws, the ballgame, needless to say, would be even closer. We played well. Hats off to Auburn. They have a very good team, but again, we played a very good team very well tonight."

On the bench scoring 37 of the team's 69 points...

"That's very good news. That goes to show me that now I can have confidence in the guys on the bench coming to play because they have been informing me 'Coach, you're not giving us enough time on the floor.' Now I see what they're talking about. I'll definitely be able to use them again in the next ballgame, and hopefully we can continue that because the problem we're having is the last couple of games we've been shooting like 20, 30 percent, but I know our shooting percentage was much higher tonight. That's what I'm happy about."

On creating turnovers and putting pressure on Auburn...

"We were trying to focus on forcing turnovers, but we were trying to do it out of traps. We were too short to trap them tonight, but we were able to do some things that were unexpected for them. We were able to trap, double team the post, things of that nature on occasion. Then on that pick and roll, we were able to hedge out some time and force some turnovers on that end. Those things are the things that are typical for us, and we're going to try to improve on those."