POSTGAME QUOTES: St. John's vs. Providence|
Jan. 25, 2017
St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin...
On the team's offensive output:
"We work on it a lot. We have good shooters. Our problem has been getting good looks and moving the ball. Tonight was a little deceptive. I thought the ball moved really well, we had 10 assists, but I think at the end of the shot clock we were going off dribble penetration a lot. It was kind of a crazy game. I thought we played good defense, yet they shot 62 percent. It was a high-level offensive game, but I did think it was pretty physical, and the defense was there, but both teams played really well on the offensive end."
On how the team handled the pressure of the game:
"Every game for us is a learning experience. There are the games that really catapult not only the team, but guys individually, stepping up on the road, being down, having a good first half, getting down by six in the second half. It just reinforces all of the hard work they put in. I think what it really does is help them trust and believe in each other. That's probably the most important thing."
On using timeouts early:
"I played here 30 years ago. It's a really hostile place to play. With a young team, you can't have those runs or it can really balloon. It's always the balance of trying to hold them for later; you're going to lose the game right there so I'm more apt to stop the game. ... I have confidence that our guys can play through that but I didn't want anything to get too far out of hand, especially because we were up seven at the half and they tied the game up pretty quickly and had the crowd in it."
On the offense throughout the season:
"For the most part, we've scored the ball pretty consistently. ... I thought we would both go down a little; it seems that both teams really played at a high level efficiency-wise, and we just got a few spurts. ... When [Marcus LoVett] ran back on that break and interrupted that break it was probably one of the big plays of the game."