Auburn vs. Georgia Southern - Quotes
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Dec. 30, 2011

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Auburn Player Quotes

Rob Chubb, Jr., C

On the final minutes of the game and being able to come from behind and win...

"We found ourselves in a dog fight where we really weren't expecting one, so all of a sudden we're playing come back, catch up all day. It comes back to the last couple of minutes. I think it was about seven minutes where we made that run and get to about two or three points, and then all of a sudden we slip back to a 10 point deficit. That was hurting us. Then it was just lock down time. Time to come back and make some shots. I found myself in the paint wide open a couple of times, so just knock it down and then get us back in the game. Chris finished it out with his free throws and Frankie."

On taking the game lightly...

"As much as I want to say no, we kind of did. We shouldn't have because at the same time we're coming off of two losses which is not acceptable. Everybody's been tired because that first practice back from Hawaii was not our most fun practice. We're all tired and beat up. We just have to get our chemistry back. I feel like our chemistry's a little awry right now. We have some people trying to do things that aren't their niche, and that isn't going to help us out. We just have to get everybody back into doing their roles."

On the progress that the team was making and it having stalled in recent games...

"The first four or five games, it almost looked like everything was coming together. Right now, it's definitely looking like everybody's slipping a little bit, being lackadaisical. A lot of people are just being really lazy on defense which is getting other people open shots. Teams having been getting ridiculously high shooting percentages on us because we've just been breaking down and not helping each other. We'll get there. We're just making a little bit slower progress than we were expecting. We'll definitely get back in practice."

 

 

On making personal progress offensively tonight...

"Some days it just feels like there's a cover on the rim and nothing falls. You just have to try to do everything else; try to rebound and block shots and just try to distract people so they're not scoring as well as they should be, doing anything I can to help the team. It was good to be able to get back in my niche, offensive hook shots and stuff like that. It feels good to be back."

On Georgia Southern being able to get open for shots and that being a reflection of poor defense...

"It's back to laziness because we play a certain type of offense to where if somebody gets beat, the rest of the team shades over toward that person and helps. Once people start breaking down and everybody has to starts helping, help starts getting lazy and then people just get wide open layups, wide open shots. (Willie Powers, III) had way too many open 3s and he just takes people off the dribble, comes straight down the lane and then all of a sudden help would go into effect and then it would just open up other people. We just have to work on our on the ball defense and stuff like that. It will come together with more effort."

Chris Denson, So., G

On hitting a 3-point shot to regain the lead down the stretch...

"The biggest thing was Coach Barbee said making plays. As you see, the play was for Chubb at first. Chubb was on all night. Then the defender went to Varez (Ward), and Varez went to the hole, and my man helped. Varez kicked it to me, and I knocked down the 3."

On if he could feel the momentum shift in Auburn's favor...

"I felt the momentum shifting a whole bunch. It was just a game full of runs. When I hit the 3, I felt the momentum change, and I told everybody we had to lock down on defense. I had a lot of defensive errors myself."

On where he feels the team needs to make strides before conference play begins...

"As everybody sees, we can score the ball. I think our main stride has to be defense. Defense, defense, defense. I don't think anybody gave their all on defense tonight, including myself. We can't do that against a Vanderbilt or Kentucky and give that lead, because I'm sure that game won't end the same as this one did."

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the effort in the last five minutes for the team to come from behind and win...

"A win is a win. You always have to be happy about a win. The only thing that I'm disappointed about is we're not getting how hard we have to play, how tough we have to defend and how tough we have to rebound. It's disappointing because it's what we spend 75 to 80 percent of our time on. Typically when you do that as a coach, that's what you're really going to be good at, and we're not right now. It's the worst thing we do right now is defend. I'm looking for answers because right now I don't have them. I know where they are. They're in that locker room, and for whatever reason, it would be a good question to ask the players, why aren't they defending and rebounding and playing with tenacity every second they're on the floor. They're not doing it. Give Georgia Southern a lot of credit for coming in here and playing their tails off. We did not deserve to win this game. They deserved to win it. They outplayed us. They played harder than us. They played tougher than us. We just happened to just make some more plays when it counted than they did, but they deserved to win this game. But a win is a win. We have two more games in our first phase to get ready for the second phase, which is conference play. If we don't clean up some things, we're in for a rude awakening come conference play."

On the team making progress earlier in the season, but now stalling in recent games...

"We have stalled. This is the time of year where my teams have typically gotten better. You saw it last year. All my teams at UTEP took huge strides this time of year, and for whatever reason, we're taking strides backwards which is not a good thing when you're in the SEC."

On the difference between the first and second halves...

"I have no idea. We decided to play hard, I know that. The issue is one of the things we work on is establishing a culture where we play harder than our opponent every second we're on the floor. That's not happening. It did not happen in Hawaii for any of the three games, and it did not happen tonight. That is a bad trend."

On Rob Chubb having improved his play in tonight's game...

"Not to downgrade Georgia Southern, but a little stiffer competition out there (in Hawaii). He scored tonight, but when your starting center plays 31 minutes and you get three rebounds, it's going to be hard for us to beat anybody."

On Chris Denson's performance down the stretch...

"It's what he does. He scores the ball. He makes foul shots. He made a big 3. Kenny (Gabriel) made a couple big 3s. Offense is not our issue. We'll score enough points to play with anybody, but if we don't defend with more of a sense of urgency than we did tonight or than we did at any point in Hawaii, the season could get real long, real quick."

On continuing to try to find a lineup that works well on the court...

"I'm searching. I'm searching for anybody who wants to play with any sense of desire and toughness and intensity. I'm searching right now. I'm searching."

On going inside to Chubb with less than one minute to play...

"We wanted to make sure we got a look in that paint whether it was off the drive or on the post up. Whether it was Rob or any of our guards attacking off those ball screens. Verez (Ward) did a good job of getting in the paint and making things happen. Rob did a good job of posting up strong - stronger in this game than he did over in Hawaii. We just wanted to get the ball in the paint for a high percentage shot or possibly to get fouled, and that happened."