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Feb. 13, 2011

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University of Cincinnati vs. St. John’s University Postgame Quotes

February 13th, 2011 – Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Cincinnati Quotes

Mick Cronin, Head Coach

Opening Statement

“We dug ourselves a hole with horrendous defense and not taking care of the basketball and not getting back on defense. Then we began to panic a little bit even though we were getting wide open shots. That’s when our mettle is tested. I’m disappointed in that because we play tough teams you have to continue to run your offense. You have to continue to be focused on the defense, take care of the ball, play solid defense without fouling and take care of the basketball. We had so many mistakes that it is really hard for me to describe right now. You always give credit for the team that wins the game but we should get an assist.”

On If Switching To Zone Would Have Countered SJU’s Hot Shooting In The First Half…

“They didn’t score against our half court defense. They were scoring lay ups on the break. We have to get back on defense. We threw the ball away on 3 out of 4 possessions. How is the zone going to help that?”

On Rashad Bishop…

 “He’s the one guy that will play hard all the time. He made a huge mistake stepping in the lane. One thing about him, he’s going to play hard for you all the time.”

On Playing Time In The Second Half…

“I played the guys who give the Cincinnati Bearcats the best chance to win. That is the best answer I can give you and it’s the only answer.”

On Yancy Gates Jumping Up To Get In…

“I have no idea who told him to do that. I didn’t. We are winning and they were pressing. Even if we are playing well with him in, we can’t play him with his free throw percentage.”

On IbrahimaThomas …

“He had a couple of fouls that really hurt us. He has played much better and there is no doubt about it.”

On Mistakes At Home …

“No. I have a problem with our focus and our lack of attention to detail. It’s inexcusable for Cashmere to stand there and watch Dwight Hardy shoot a wide open three. This would be the longest press conference ever if I talked about our mistakes. Our league is too good. Bob Knight said it a long time ago that basketball is a game of mistakes and that the team with the least amount will win. We made way too many inexcusable mistakes today that we practiced and prepared. Our problem is when we get down we lose our mind. On the road, we keep playing. I don’t know if it’s the pressure of playing at home, but we get down at home, the same thing happened during the West Virginia game.”

On Shooting 30 Three Pointers ...

“I think it was their defense. I think Sean took two crazy ones and he came out for both of them. He’s still learning what a good shot is and what a bad shot is. They were packing it in. They literally had five guys on one side of the floor.”

On Yancy Gates’ Production Of Late …

“Not lately. You have to produce. You can’t just stand on the low block and wait for people to hand you the ball. You have to move to the ball and people. If you aren’t going to move and just stand there – whoever you are – and not run your offense, how can I play you? No matter who you are. I took out some perimeter guys for it too. Justin and Thomas were doing the best job of actively moving against their match-up zone.

On Yancy Gates’ Status …

“I’m not really in the mood to talk about that right now.”

On Dion Dixon

“He was doing alright. The other guys were playing better. Larry hit a shot and I thought he might give us some energy. He’s a high-energy guy. I have no qualms with Dion Dixon’s effort.”

Player Quotes

Rashad Bishop, Sr., F

On Lane Violation …

“I stepped in. First look, I looked at the ref. He saw me do it. I didn’t mean to do it. It happened.”

On UC’s  Come Back …

“I was trying to get the win. I just happened to hit the shots. When we are down, we talk about it a lot that we try to stay together and play hard. I saw some people get down, and I picked up my energy to get us back in the game.”

On Today’s  Game Changing Season’s Goals …

“I don’t think it will hurt us that much from what we want to do the rest of the season. Because we still have 7 more games and the BIG EAST Tournament. Every game in the BIG EAST is hard. That loss will just be eliminated with a couple of wins.

Sean Kilpatrick, Fr., G

On His Last-Second Look …

“I had a good feel. When I saw that it wasn’t on, I saw that it was pretty over.”

On Relying On Three Point Game …

“Sometimes we do force our shots, but we need to start driving to the basket a little bit more.”

On St. John’s Second Half Offense …

“Shots weren’t falling. They played hard, but shots really weren’t falling.”

On Learning To Play Better Defense …

“He’s teaching me now how to be more assertive on the defensive end. I’m loving how coach is playing me now.”

St. John’s University Quotes

Steve Lavin, Head Coach

Opening Statement

“In terms of the game, I felt that we came out with good energy. I was concerned that Cincinnati was going to make a run and naturally they did. I used some timeouts in anticipating that run. They got second and third efforts from point blank range and the next thing you know we are trailing in a tough environment. I’m proud of our team for maintaining their composure and finding a way to win. It was just enough stops and free throws that was the difference today.”

On First Half Threes …

“We talked about eleven threes is a lot, and we did discuss that we felt we needed to keep our defense tight. There were stretches that we got our hands up and other times we didn’t. To their credit, they were willing to make the extra pass to get the open look. It’s a game of rotations and you are trying to keep up with the ball movement. Our idea was to cluster the paint and take our chances surviving on a steady diet of three pointers. We love our pressure and full court and give a number of different looks. On the half court, we are better when we pack the paint. There will be games when teams catch the hot hand, but in all of our bigger wins we defended the paint. If you dominate that, you give yourself a chance to win.”

On Second Half…

“Whatever we did wasn’t effective. It’s the same thing we’ve done the last three weeks. Once we get a lead, we’ve really developed the second gear. If there isn’t a touch at 5 to 6 seconds, we spread our offense out. Look for the open look and get the team in fouling. We’ve been shooting 60 to 70% in the second half to close out teams, but we didn’t do that today. We didn’t have good distinguish between our fast break and our half court. We were fortunate to have a big enough lead today.”

Player Quotes

Sean Evans, F

On Losing the First Game Against Cincinnati …

“It hurt a lot. Every loss hurts because we come out and play and win every game. Especially the way we lost because we played so hard and executed. Today, we came here with the thought that we have to get this win.”

On Free Throws …

“The last loss we missed a lot of free throws. Today, coach instilled in us that we have to make free throws. We came in today and made free throws.”