Dec. 31, 2008
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Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Opening statement on picking up the win over Southeastern Louisiana...
"I thought in the first half, the beginning tempo favored
Southeastern Louisiana offensively. They shot the ball extremely well
and we looked a little sluggish on defense. We went to the press and got
a few turnovers. That got it going for us a little bit offensively. We
held on in the end. We shot well from the foul line and they did not,
and that was really the big difference in the game. We got to the line
close to 40 times. Typically when you get to the line that many times
you get a good chance to win if you shoot the ball average from the foul
line. We forced 22 turnovers and we converted a lot of those turnovers
On using a pressure/trapping style of defense...
"It gets us going at times when we seem to be a little sluggish. It
gets us moving. When we do that, we have to play a little smaller, it is
hard to play the two big guys in together when we do that. Our guards
are quick, we have some depth back there. We will continue to try to use
that when we need to. It has really helped us at key times in certain
games. We will get down in double figures and then we will be up in big
On Korvotney Barber, Quantez Robertson and DeWayne Reed. . .
"Korvotney was terrific with 16 rebounds and 10 points. He was very
good defensively, he did an excellent job on (Patrick) Sullivan, who is
long and athletic. I thought Quantez's (Robertson) and DeWayne
Reed's defense on (Kevyn) Green, especially down the stretch when
they needed buckets was terrific. We kept them to a fairly low
On his team's offensive woes...
"We shot the ball poorly tonight. We won with our defense. We had a
long drought there where we did not score anything and had some
turnovers. We missed some shots. In the first half, we got some good
looks but did not make them. In the second half, we had a stretch where
we turned the ball over three or four times and made some bad decisions
with the basketball. We made some bad decisions on where to go off the
bounce. We tried to do a lot of dribble-driving to try to utilize our
guard play. We had a stretch there where we looked a little
discombobulated offensively. The half-court game is not our strength,
you learn a lot about your team after 10 games, but we have to get
better at that. Once you get into SEC play, you have got to be able to
score in the half court more consistently than what we have been
Auburn Player Quotes
Korvotney Barber, Forward
On areas the team needs to focus on...
"We have to work on our free throws and 3-pointers. I think we are
playing good as a team right now but we still need to cut down our
turnovers. Other than that, I thought we did a pretty good job."
On the keys to Auburn winning the game...
"Coach said that we need to minimize turnovers and get to the boards.
We need to watch the fast break and get back quickly on transition. I
think we did a pretty good job of doing that tonight and we came out
with a win against a good team."
DeWayne Reed, Guard
On the trapping defense...
"We had three guards on the court at the same time and it got us
going trapping the ball, they did not seem to be prepared for the
full-court trap and we took advantage of that. "
On winning six-straight games...
"It feels good to win six straight games to help our team get ready
fort he SEC schedule. It feels great, I think there is a lot of
confidence. Everyone is playing their role right now. "