Postgame Quotes vs. Winthrop
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Dec. 22, 2012

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On Winthrop making three pointers in the second half...

"This game is always scary for coaches around the country, the one right before Christmas. You saw it all around our conference. You saw it all around the country today. Teams get beat at home, because the team that locked in and winning first and then after the game thinking about what you are going to do for the holidays is usually the one that wins. Obviously we weren't thinking about winning, because we weren't defending because they shot 50 percent from the floor. They are a team that shoots 35 percent against every Division I team they have played this year. We didn't guard, bottomline. We were interested in guarding. That is why they won the game."

On how disappointing this loss is...

"It is really disappointing. It is a huge step back, a huge step back. It was a lack of maturity. It was a lack of leadership."

On Winthrop's run in the second half...

"They had a bunch of wide open shots. They had guys that made shots in that run. Obviously our transition defense wasn't good at that point, and they got a lot of those threes in transition. I am over there begging, pleading and screaming for these guys to defend tonight, and they had no interest in defending. It just shows on the box score. They shoot 50 percent from the floor, and they are a team that shoots 35 percent against every Division I team they have played this year."

On the lack of production in the low post...

"It was nonexistent tonight. We can't catch it in the post, and when we do, we can't finish it. I don't know what to do with our post guys. We don't rebound well out of our four and five spots, and we don't score it well. That is not a recipe to win."

On if his technical prevented him from arguing Jordan Price's flagrant foul...

"No, it was a flagrant. It is the rule. It is a bad rule, but it is the rule. He hit him with an elbow to the face. Whether it was intentional or not, that is the rule as we put it in our game. It is a bad rule, because it was unintentional elbow, but that is the rule. He hit him with an elbow above the shoulders so they got two free throws and the ball."

On the offensive production from Frankie Sullivan and Chris Denson...

"We can't count on two guys and be a good team. I don't think Chris and Frankie played well offensively either. They were ball stoppers tonight. As soon as the ball hit their hands, everything came to a stop. Our offense was stagnant. Nobody was moving. Guys weren't playing together. Again, it comes down to we were thinking about how we were getting home, what we were doing for holidays and what we were doing once we got there, anything except how we were going to win this game. That was evident tonight. It was like we were running in quick sand tonight."

Auburn player quotes

Frankie Sullivan, Sr., G

On what he thought went wrong tonight...

"Effort. That's all it is. I think we just came out real flat today, and we paid for it big time. They came out ready to play, and we were behind the whole game. It's hard to come back on a team like that. They're a great team."

On Auburn not really being behind in the score the whole game...

"That's behind to us. We should have been up the way we were playing. We missed a lot of rebounds. They got seven offensive rebounds in the first half. Just clean those up and make a couple layups, and we're up, so to us, that's behind."

On the last time he was in a shooting slump from the outside...

"Last year Christmas time. It's just more time in the gym. I know what it is. I can't make any excuses about people trying to say it's the point guard play. It's not that. It's just me not being ready to shoot the ball. I'm shooting the ball really slow this year. I don't know where I get that from, so I have to pick that up. I'll get out of it."

On if Auburn's effort declined when Winthrop went on its run in the second half...

"Every game with everybody, it's all about runs. I think we faced it pretty well in the second half, and came back, but the first half effort is what killed this. We just got in that slump, and everybody had their heads down. I think that once we get back from this break and come back and get some hard practice in the gym, we'll pick it back up."

On what Auburn did differently in the final minute of the game...

"I would say that like the last five minutes was when we turned it on. It was almost a tad bit too late for that. It's never too late to win a ballgame, but to come back on a team, they're going to make free throws, so you can't really foul them like that. They have great free throw shooters. I would say our effort picked up in the last five minutes, but it has to stay for 40 minutes and not five minutes. Hopefully we'll pick it up this year. I wouldn't say that people were waiting on the break, I'll blame our guard play. Our guard play has been killed. We have to take more pride in practice in stopping people off the dribble. It's our guards getting in trouble and getting beat off the dribble all the time, myself included."

On if the players or coaches will hold the team accountable moving forward after a game like this...

"It has to be the players. Coach Barbee is not out there playing with us. He's not doing anything for us besides showing us the way. After he shows you the way, then you have to go out there and perfect what he does. Coach Barbee preaches effort every day, so you can't blame the coach. I would never sit here and blame Coach Barbee for his effort because he's a winner. I know you can see it in his eyes. He's a winner. That's just how it is. It's just bad going into the break like this, especially having Illinois coming up. It's not a good sign for us. We just have to pick it up."

Chris Denson, Jr., G

On how disappointing this loss is with Auburn's schedule getting tougher from this point forward...

"It's very disappointing. We go hard at practice, and just to come out and just, I'm not bashing Winthrop at all, I'm just saying to come out and just play bad and people didn't show effort and give up, it's just disappointing to Coach Barbee, the fans and everybody else."

On what went wrong defensively...

"It just felt like we were just sluggish. I guess everybody was waiting for the break. We were a step behind in everything. They were beating us to loose balls, all the 50-50 balls that we didn't get, a lot of that killed us. Like Frankie said, it's a lot to do with effort."

Winthrop Head Coach Pat Kelsey

On the past eight days...

"Getting the W is a great way to go into Christmas. I know that. I've been in this business long enough to know that the kids' cookies taste a little bit better, and the mom's turkey tastes a little bit better when we're coming off a W. We were in a tough venue against a really good team that is very well-coached. It's nice to get a road win so I am really proud of our guys. Once again, I am telling you that I have the best staff in the United States, and they are doing a phenomenal job getting our guys prepared for games and getting them better behind the scenes."

On being tied at half...

"Christian (Farmer) stepped up in a major, major way. As we all know, he can really, really get going. He has unbelievable elevation on the jump shot so he's almost always open. Even when he's not open, he's open. He can just jump over people and get his shot off."

On the critical stretch in the second half...

"I think the critical stretch was when we went up about 14 or 15, and we told our guys at the next media timeout when we hit that lead. We had two fouls, gave up two offensive rebounds and then Andre (Smith)charged on the next possession. All we preach all the time is being consistent. We divide the game into 10 four minute wars. We don't worry about the score board or the clock. All we worry about is the score of the current war. That just helps us to remain consistent and not get high with the high or low with the low."

On Auburn coming with a press at the end...

"They were in desperation, and they knew they had to speed us up and try to turn us over. It's hard and human nature makes you look up at the scoreboard. Sometimes your mentality is to hold on for dear life. There was too much time on the clock, and we couldn't play not to lose."