POSTGAME QUOTES: St. John's vs. Georgetown

March 8, 2017

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St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin...

On the slow start and how to avoid it tomorrow:

"Well, the way we've been playing that wasn't such a slow start. We've had much slower starts than that. But to me we played tough and it's just an old-school type of game. Both teams played hard. As far as the turnaround, like I tell them all the time, get their rest and come out and play."

On the home court advantage:

"We played well here as of late. ... The home court advantage is tremendous and the enthusiasm they still have to go out there and perform. That energy and enthusiasm before the game is nice but you have to maintain for 40 minutes especially this time of year. The crowd was great. But more importantly they made big plays when they had to."

On what happened during the scuffle:

"I just went out there to see what was going on. I saw Amar go into the stands. I wanted to make sure he was okay. ... I think it was just really competitive juices flowing and towards the end of the game there. But initially I just went out there to see. I saw him walk and fall into the stands and that's it."

On what he said to Patrick Ewing Jr.:

"Asked if he was going to beat me up like his father did. He said `no, I love you', so I said `OK'. He was on the trip with us in Barcelona when he was a little baby. So, yeah, just tremendous respect there. There really is. And it was nothing more than competitive juices, nothing more than that. This time. In '85 there was more to it. (Laughter) Not in the year 2000."

Sophomore Guard Malik Ellison:

On what it means to win a BIG EAST Tournament game:

"Big time win for us. Obviously there's been a huge rivalry over the last 40 years. And it was great that we came together as a team and we got the victory."

On the rivalry with Georgetown:

"We were very aware of the rivalry. Obviously it's a big rivalry. When Coach Mullin was playing they were very physical and they were very competitive. So we just came out here and we really fought for him and we just got the victory."

Freshman Guard Shamorie Ponds...

On the physicality of the game:

"It was a physical game. I think we just came out and end of the first half we set the tone. We wanted to run. They came out in the second half and got on a run, and we just took over the game."

On being a New York City player and what it feels like playing here in the BIG EAST Tournament:

"It was amazing. The crowd everything was amazing. This is, like, the best tournament in the country."

On hitting the 3-pointer after the double technical:

"It was a lot of emotions. I love games like that. So when the crowd is going and both teams are playing physical, I just live for moments like that."

On playing close games that come down to the last minute:

"It was definitely an experience I never experienced -- that moment was like nervous. I mean I'm just happy that my team got the win."




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