Dec. 22, 2007
AUBURN POSTGAME QUOTES
Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo
"The first half, our defense was very good. In the second half we got fatigued and went through the motions."
"Vot (Barber) was very active. Matt (Heramb) gave us a nice lift in the first half."
"Offensively, we had some open looks that could have put the game away and we just couldn't make them."
"Vot did a nice job against their shot blocker. He is good at timing things, so Vot had to go to his quick jump hook."
(On the first half defense)
"We choked down and offensively they didn't shoot the ball well. We were able to get some deflections and some steals. The first half defense was very good. In the second half, they started to make some shots.
Auburn guard Rasheem Barrett
(On not being able to finish)
"We've got to learn as players and as a team that we've got to step on it when we have a lead. We've got to learn to finish."
"We started to get sloppy (in the second half). We were not as aware. To be a good team, we've got to learn when we're tired to step it up."
Auburn forward Korvotney Barber
(On Mickell Gladness)
"I already knew that he was a good shot blocker. I just had to keep taking it to him. He's so quick off his feat and he knows how to time the ball. He's the best (shot blocker) I've ever faced."
Alabama A&M Head Coach Vann Pettaway
On the first half play:
"Obviously shooting 20 percent was not what we wanted to come out and do. Auburn's defense had a lot to do with that, though. They came out and played really well and made it tough for us. We were not consistent in any phase in the first half, especially our inside game."
On second half:
"We lit a fire under our guys at halftime and really challenged them to come out and play better. Nobody was pleased with our effort in the first half, but we came out in the second half and were able to start making shots.
"We ran some different sets and started having some success, but we had put ourselves in such a hole that there just wasn't enough time. Auburn wasn't going to allow us to come in here and upset them."
Alabama A&M guard Evan Hilton
"It was all about defense, defense, defense. Everything for us starts with our defense. We didn't play well and were not making the right transitions and it really hurt us. We didn't play with any confidence. We came out in the second half with more intensity and were able to score.
"We worked hard in practice leading up to this game. Auburn didn't run anything we didn't expect them too, but they came out in the first half and took it to us."