Jan. 23, 2010
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -
Head Coach Norm Roberts
On today's game:
"Give Villanova a lot of credit. They have a terrific team. They made tough shots, made tough plays. We had some opportunities and we just didn't convert. I thought our energy level was good, I thought we tried hard and I thought we got better and we are going to get better as we come along."
On the timeout late in the second half:
"What I said to them was let's just think execution and let's think defense. Let's execute offensively, don't worry about the next play and let's guard defensively. There were a lot '50-50' balls we didn't get. We need to get them. I just felt we weren't executing the way we needed to both offensively and defensively."
On overcoming scoring droughts:
"You just have to fight through it. We missed a couple of shots, they made a couple of shots. The other thing is that we are playing against a very good basketball team. We executed. We played hard. We did turn it over at some bad times, but you are going to do that."
Junior Guard D. J. Kennedy
"That is great defensive team. There were a lot of shots we normally make, but we just didn't shoot too well from the field."
Junior Guard Malik Boothe
On shooting woes in the second half:
"We didn't sense it coming, I think it just happened. They started hitting their shots and we started missing shots. They started beating us to loose balls, the '50-50' balls. For us to win games, we can't let that happen"
On a complete game effort:
"It is not that we played bad in the second half. We had the same amount of energy in the second half, we just had that one lull and that is where they took advantage."