Postgame Quotes: St. John's 63 - St. Francis (N.Y.) 48

Freshman forward Sir'Dominic Pointer finished with a career-high 10 points against the Terriers.

Nov. 23, 2011

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St. John's Assistant Coach Mike Dunlap

Opening Statement:
"The biggest challenge for us tonight was getting off to a good start. We obviously played our `one-or-more-man' tonight to cover the 3-pointer early, but also we pressed from end line to end line and brought our pressure up. We wanted to take St. Francis out of our sets. They're a very good 3-point shooting team and they play good players right to the wire - they took Seton Hall into overtime. We did not take them lightly. The best things we did in the first half were going after them defensively and taking them out of their game."

On when head coach Steve Lavin will return to the team:
"We've been going off of feel in the past so I don't have that answer. From the material I've read and from all the people that I know that have gone through the operation, I've learned there is an up-and-down in terms of energy levels for a good two months, if not three. But from all of Coach Lavin's results, from his markers on his blood to everything else, he's been A-plus. Coaching is all about energy and at this time of year, you're putting in 16-18 hour days. Sometimes his mind will say `yes', but his body will say `no'. We notice a difference when he's not here. He's very, very good at what he does so we miss him and notice the change, but we - as a coaching staff - got him. All of us, from Coach Gene Keady to myself, are over 1,000 games in our coaching careers."

On the play of Phil Greene:
"He's been a wildcard and he'll be a wildcard all year long. He's a guy who can change the complexion of a game, but he also has to work himself into that. But we have somebody who can do some things defensively. He's very versatile, he's a high-flyer, and he has plus-energy. We actually have to make sure we don't overuse him, but at the same time, continue to develop him on the offensive side of the floor." 

On God'sgift Achiuwa's recent performances:
"Obviously we think he can play better - and he will. But, when you're making a team, certain players will step up as the main actor for a night. That's what makes a well-balanced and well-rounded team. We have a lot of parts that have never played together. It's not what God'sgift isn't doing, it's just that other players are excelling. Is there some grave concern about Gift? No, not at all."

Freshman Guard D'Angelo Harrison

On 3-point shooting:
"It was just a matter of confidence in my teammates and coaches. They did a great job tonight of getting everyone involved and looking for the open shooter. The coaches stressed all week not being selfish and finding the open guy, and my teammates did a good job of finding me tonight."

On how he found out Coach Lavin would not be coaching the game:
"Coach Dunlap told us before the game that Coach Lavin wasn't going to be here, but that didn't change our attitude towards the game."

On the difference in shooting tonight:
"My teammates just found me. I was making my cuts, they were setting picks for me and I was just knocking down open shots. It wasn't me doing anything fancy; I was just knocking down wide open shots."

Freshman Forward Sir'Dominic Pointer

On offensive progression:
"My teammates found me tonight. I ran the floor and they gave me the ball where I could score. My teammates are the key."

On any worry due to Lavin's absence:
"He's going to get better and better as the year goes on, and he's just healing at his own pace right now. When he's ready to come back, he'll be back at his own pace. When Coach Dunlap takes over it's the same thing as Coach Lavin being here. We still play the same, with the same intensity."

On impact of his dunk along baseline:
"I like doing that because I'm an energy guy. I do what I can to help the team out and get the team energized. I do anything to help the team."

Freshman Forward Moe Harkless

On mood after finding out about Lavin's absence:
"I didn't know that he wasn't feeling well today, so we just did a good job of staying together. Even though he wasn't here, we played this game for Coach Lavin."

On state of team chemistry:
"We definitely have a lot of bright spots. We're just trying to keep building our chemistry and get better during practice and the games."

On rebounding from two previous losses:
"We usually try to bounce back, not try to let the losses keep dragging on. Coach Dunlap says that he's never had a losing streak longer than two games, so we didn't want to change that."

St. Francis (N.Y.) Head Coach Glenn Braica

On his overall thoughts on the game:
"We didn't shoot the ball well. We didn't shoot free throws well. I think St. John's did a great job in taking us out of things in the first half and kind of set the tone for the game. I thought we were able to crawl back after halftime to a workable number but we couldn't sustain it in the second half. We didn't guard in the second half. It's not the way we've played up to this point in the year."

On preparing for the upcoming games:
"You've got to learn from your experiences. Tonight wasn't our night. You're going to have nights like this during the year. Give St. John's credit, they did a good job. You have got to learn and move on. We had a tough stretch. We started our season with nine road games and we're in the middle of that. So we're going to have to regroup and get a couple of good practices in and prepare for our next game."


 

 

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