Postgame Quotes: St. John's 81, San Francisco 57

Sophomore Chris Obekpa finished 3-for-4 for six points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 16 minutes against San Francisco.

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Dec. 18, 2013

Head Coach Steve Lavin
Opening Statement:

"The positive takeaways from tonight's game were the good starts in both halves. I was happy with the final score, but I think we could have improved on the last five minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half. I liked our press. I think our pressure on the ball was better than it's been at any point this year."

On Rysheed Jordan:

“He does things that change the complexion of the game at both ends of the court. We knew when we recruited him that he would be a critical piece to elevating our program and in each practice and game we’re beginning to see Rysheed's comfort level improve.”
On tonight’s pregame meeting:
"One at a time each player addressed the team during our pre game talk. They shared individual key points of emphasis. As a coach it’s important to encourage leadership and have the kids take ownership in the process. Engagement in the building process is key to fueling our objectives."
On D’Angelo Harrison:
“One of  the first games I saw Dee he had 48 points in a game during a summer tournament in Vegas. He reminded me of the guards we had to face at Arizona during my 12 years at UCLA. In addition to his scoring he has the ability to distribute the ball with his passing and playmaking. I believe Dee can amplify that aspect of his offensive arsenal and elevate our teams play while also adding a dimension to his game."

Junior Guard D'Angelo Harrison

On the team's fast start tonight:

"Coach [Lavin] had a great talk before the game. As a group we just said we couldn't let that happen anymore. We came out with intensity and took care of business."

On bouncing back from Syracuse:

"Our key was to bounce back. Obviously we wanted to beat Syracuse, the No. 2 team in the country. They are a great team and they won. After the game, we flushed it and took care of business in this game. Now we have to flush this game and get ready for the next one."

On the team being more aggressive the past few games:

"God'sgift [Achiuwa] has been mentoring us the past few games. Today he came out with a lot of energy. All the guys have been saying that we have to play each game hard and play like it is Syracuse or a conference game. Now we have to take care of business against Youngstown State on Saturday."

On tying the St. John's all-time 3-point record:

"St. John's has a lot of history and a lot of great players. It is good to be recognized as one of them. It's a great honor and I share it with my teammates."


Sophomore Center Chris Obekpa

On the team's pregame talk:

"I just wanted us to compete and have fun out there. We played them last year and they beat us on their home court. We wanted payback and we had to win since this is our home court."

On the team's offensive strategy:

"We have a bigger team so we are taking advantage of that. Coach [Lavin] says to play above the rim. That brings in the defense and leaves the 3-pointer open."

On D'Angelo Harrison's impact:

"He is good for us. When they try to pressure him and double team him, it opens up the rest of the team on the floor."


San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters

Thoughts of the game

"We played hard; we didn't play well. It's hard to win a game when your best player plays 15 minutes. He got into foul trouble and I made a calculated risk to play him. We tried to protect him in the zone and he picked up a foul. We talked to our team about having more tact in those types of situations and I don't feel like we did that. We had two really good practices and then for whatever reason, when you have 18, 19, 20 and 21 year olds, sometimes it just doesn't happen. But you got to move on. You got to grow from this. This is a game that will help us down the line; playing against a BIG EAST team with some athleticism. So you live, you learn and you move on."




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