Dec. 31, 2010
Auburn Locker Room
Head Coach Tony Barbee
"It's like I told the team. I'm not worried about the Georgia Southerns and Gramblings of the world. That is not who I am trying to beat. We have to beat them because they are on our schedule. There are not too many Gramblings and Georgia Southerns left on our schedule. In fact, I do not see any. We cannot have a high intensity level for only half the game. You cannot do that if you are going to take the next step with this team and the next step with this program. It is about putting 40 minutes of unbelievable passion and desire together. We have to learn and we have to grow."
On Kenny Gabriel's performance....
"I thought Kenny (Gabriel) did some good things. I just told him great job with the 17 points and 12 rebounds. That is what he should have been giving us all year and what he should be giving us the rest of the way. He has that type of ability. Whether or not you do it is something else. He has to be mentally tough."
On drop in second-half intensity the last two games...
"It is a part of the growing pains I have talked about. You can watch film with them. You can scream and holler, but it is going through it that teaches. They are going through it. It came close to hurting us against Georgia Southern and could have hurt us against (Grambling State) if they had gotten hot. Unfortunately, I am going to tell you now, it is going to come back and bite us. We are going to have some opportunities coming up that we are going to let slip away for that very reason."
On team's improvement since beginning of season...
"From the eye test, we are noticeably better. There is just a totally different level of understanding, offensively and defensively. They are getting more comfortable playing with each other in game action when I do not have a whistle in my mouth stopping it every play. There is still a lot of room for improvement and growth. We want to be playing better heading into conference play. You want to hit your full stride about a quarter of the way into conference play. We are getting closer to that but we still are not there."
22 Kenny Gabriel, F, Jr.
On his first half performance...
"I just came out wanting to play ball because that is what this team needs me to do. I have not been able to get going like that in a long time. It carried over from the other game."
On how this team is different from the beginning of the season...
"I think we are more prepared as a team. If you go back and look, the other team would hit a few shots and we would give up the lead. As of today, they hit a couple of shots and we made a few adjustments. I think we are getting better as a team. Everyone in the stands can tell, too. Everybody is out there cheering. The crowds are getting bigger and bigger every game. We are working harder in practice just trying to become the best team we can."
33 Earnest Ross, G, Soph.
On the team's mindset after a three game win streak...
"Our mindset is to keep on playing hard. We need to continue to get better in practice and do what coach asks us to do. Most importantly, we need to play as a team."
On a second half drop off the past two games...
"I think with us, it is being content in the first half of games. Today, we came out with more intensity in the first half than in last game. It helped us get through, especially with Kenny getting a double-double. We need that production out of him all the time. We need to come out and play hard and finish the game."
Grambling State Locker Room
Head Coach Bobby Washington
"I thought Auburn came out ready to play. I knew we would have to shake off a little rust after the Christmas break. They did a good job of scouting our basic motion offense, but I think when we settled down and came out in the second half I think we won the second half, 30-26. We do not have a veteran group. All of our big kids are young sophomores and freshman with a few junior college guys out on the perimeter. We are not where we need to be yet. I think Auburn came out with a lot of fire and energy.
"I think Coach (Tony) Barbee is doing a great job. I really hope the community stays behind him. It takes time to build a program nothing happens overnight. It is definitely a process and he has proven that through time and the process he can get the job done. I think Auburn's days are much brighter ahead."
On half time adjustments...
"We just needed to come out and hit shots. I was looking at our free throws and if we hit our free throws in the first half the lead may have been 15 points instead of 20 going into the half. We know that we have trouble scoring. We came out in the second half and ran our offense a lot better than in the first half. In the first half we did not even run our offense. We were trying to swing the ball and reverse the ball and guys were taking the ball and holding it and not getting what we needed. We opened up our offensive package a little bit and got some movement. Once we got that movement it confused Auburn a little bit."
On Raschard Boatner...
"I think Raschard (Boatner) played with a lot of guts tonight and that is what he has been showing. It has taken time for this team to kind of mold and gel together and to be able to feel comfortable in their skin with what we are doing. We have done a lot of soul searching and a lot of mixing and matching with parts with our starting lineup because we have 10 new guys."