Postgame Quotes: Syracuse 87, St. John's 58

Feb. 24, 2009

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NEW YORK - St. John's Head Coach Norm Roberts
On tonight's game:
"Syracuse played exceptionally well; they did a great job of shooting the ball. We didn't defend well in the first half. We defended better to start off the second half and we had opportunities to get back into the game, but we botched some plays. We probably played a little bit too fast and missed some shots we had. We knew it was going to be a physical game and we didn't even match that early on."

On timeout called with 1:37 remaining:
"Quincy Roberts was obviously frustrated with how we played and he just kind of flipped the ball inside. I just told them we don't finish games like that. We play to the end and stay focused throughout the whole game. It's a learning experience for him and for us because we haven't played like that the whole year."

On his message to the team:
"We talked. I was frustrated that we didn't meet the intensity of the game early like we should have. And in the second half we started off getting a lot of stops. We stopped them pretty much six or seven straight times and we weren't able to convert. We needed to convert to try get ourselves back into the game. We just played somewhat immature. Things didn't go our way and we got frustrated. We let one play affect the next play and you can't do that in this league and not against a terrific team like Syracuse that can hurt you from all angles."

On moving forward from tonight's loss:
"They're good kids. They understand that we didn't play the way we're capable of playing, and we didn't do the things that we needed to do to give us a chance to win the basketball game. But this is a league where things like that may happen if you don't do what you need to do. You've got to get ready for the next one, get refocused and learn from what you didn't do right... It's always motivation when you don't play well and you know you could have played a lot better."

Sophomore Guard Paris Horne
On feeling after tonight's loss:
"I'd like to remember this because it will make me work harder. It's a burning feeling. I know my teammates feel the same way. We're going to go back and practice harder and just get ready for our next game."

Sophomore Guard Malik Boothe
On the Syracuse transition offense:
"We were taking long shots and long shots lead to long rebounds. We just weren't getting back quickly enough. They got the long rebounds and converted them into points."

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim
On tonight's game:
"The difference tonight was our defense. We haven't been playing very well at the defensive end. Our offense has been good all year. Defensively, we have not forced any turnovers. Tonight we got back in. We forced turnovers, we trapped, we got some steals and that led to easy baskets at the other end. I thought the first half we played just about as well as we've played all year. St. John's has been difficult in here for people. They beat Seton Hall, they beat Notre Dame in here. They have been in every game. I just thought we played well defensively. Jonny Flynn made some shots in the first half that were backbreaking kinds of shots. He was defended pretty well and he was still able to get a shot up and make it. I think the whole thing was defense tonight. We got some offense off of our defense and we just did a much better job than we have in awhile defensively and that was the difference in the game."




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