Postgame Quotes: St. John's 70 - No. 2/2 Syracuse 95

St. John's freshman guard Phil Greene tied a career-high with 14 points and dished out four assists against No. 2/2 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.
Feb. 4, 2012

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St. John’s Assistant Coach Mike Dunlap

Opening statement:
“The beginning, middle and end they dominated us on the boards and they converted off of those second chance points. Our ability to take care of things in transition was an issue. When we go back to work on Monday we’ll know which side of the ball to work on and that’s defense. Full credit to Syracuse… Their length gave us fits and their experience on the perimeter – those guys are very smart, well coached and they know exactly what to do.

On finding more scorers:
“Our third scorer has been Phil [Greene] and since we’ve been playing better we’ve had that third and fourth scorer. The issue is that we had a couple of guys that didn’t play up to what they normally do. If we can find that fourth scorer and he can get us 10 points it will help out Moe [Harkless] and D’Angelo [Harrison]. Amir [Garrett] has flashes where we know he’s going to help us.”

On the team:
“We’re depending on our guys to get their numbers and when they don’t, it makes it harder for us to win. You’re riding the emotions of very young guys. As they go through this in the long term, it’s going to be an incredible experience. We’ll see Syracuse again down the road and Syracuse exposed us, but they helped us by showing us our weaknesses. Moving into Wednesday night’s game against Cincinnati it is really important that we ride steady. I think that’s the most important thing for us.”

On Syracuse’s experience:
They know how to leak. Their defense is such that they have 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5 on the perimeter and then 6-foot-11 gets the rebound. Long outlets lead to easy baskets and I think we had trouble with that length.”

Freshman Guard D'Angelo Harrison

On Syracuse’s size:
“It’s tough, but we adjusted. We had some turnovers and like coach said, it’s rebounding. It’s a challenge, but I thought we stepped up and showed we weren’t scared of them. We played hard.”

On Syracuse’s backcourt:
“They’re really good. Scoop [Jardine] and Brandon [Triche] have been there awhile. They’re probably the two toughest guards in the country. I feel like we’re right there too.”

Freshman Guard Phil Greene

On the game:
“Rebounding for one and getting stops on the defensive end like coach said. Defense and rebounding were the keys. We do those two things and we’d be right in the game.”




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