Postgame Quotes: St. John's 66 - Texas-Pan American 61

St. John's freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison tied a career-high with 21 points to help guide the Red Storm to a 66-61 victory over UTPA.

Dec. 21, 2011

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St. John's Assistant Coach Mike Dunlap

Opening statement:
"Our development of D'Angelo [Harrison] has been when he's set up he's turned down a lot of shots, when actually he's shooting the most free throws on our team. That is highly unusual for a shooter, but we think he's turned down a lot of 3s. Since he's come through the door, he's our designated shooter so whether it's well behind the 3-point line or on top of it, I'm happy to have him shoot it. When you coach shooters they are going to burn some bad ones, but you have to let them shoot some bad ones to get to the good ones. He didn't shoot many bad ones tonight but it's been a chore to get him to put that jacket on. He's a very unselfish shooter. Beyond the 3-point arc, you have to win with him and you have to lose with him."

On Amir Garrett:
"I would have played him; one, because he's a talent, two, we needed the body. Three, Amir in and of himself, has sacrificed a lot to come in here. I wanted his first day of the honeymoon to be good for him. I wanted him to know that we appreciated the fact that he showed loyalty to our program, and he will never look at this moment like we short changed him. We had an opportunity to let him know we appreciated who he is and what he's done for our program by showing loyalty in a tough situation."

Freshman Swingman Amir Garrett

On how his first college game felt:
"For my first time it was very different, a faster-paced game, but as I got the hang of the pace of the game, I think I did alright getting up and down the court. It's a lot quicker than post-grad and high school, this is way different. My stamina's not quite there, but I'm going to get it up slowly but surely."

On minutes played:
"I didn't think I was going to play as much as I did. The coaches said they were going to throw me in the fire, but they threw me completely in. I was surprised with how much I played, but it was good."

On expected adjustment period:
"It'll be fairly quick. I think I'll get the hang of things more at the Providence game because I'm going to be here working out, trying to get my wind up. So by next game, I'll be fine."

On helping depth:
"They went through a lot, playing with six people. That's going to be hard for any team. I don't think any team has to deal with that besides us. I think I come and fit in well because I can come off the bench for the starters. I bring a lot of energy and play defense, so I can give whoever's out a blow until they're ready to come back in."

Freshman Guard D'Angelo Harrison

On how he felt tonight:
"We were down, so I was just trying to bring some energy. I hit some shots so that really brought us together and we finished it out."

On mindset when team was down:
"I thought someone was going to come up, it wasn't just me thinking that. After I hit my first shot I had two open lanes going to the rim. It wasn't me trying to put the team on my back, we were all trying to get the win together. After that second 3 I hit, I just brought a lot of energy and that's how we pulled out the game."

On discussion in the huddle before his final 3-pointer:
"We had a set play, but it kind of got broken up. I swung it to Phil [Greene] and he swung it back, and I guess they didn't want to guard me, so I shot it. Coach tells me to shoot open shots."

On the effort of UTPA:
"They were playing hard, making tough shots. I give credit to Jared [Maree], number 11. I know him from Houston, so I knew he was going to come up big, and he hit big shots, and so did number one. They were playing hard. I feel like we pulled out a good win even though we were down. I feel like we came out with more energy after the half, and the energy was key."

Texas-Pan American Head Coach Ryan Marks

On the game:
"We thought coming in we would have to shoot the ball really well to have an opportunity to hang around. We were pretty effective doing that in the first half. I think a lot of times when you come close in a game like this with a team like ours, you kind of say `if we just have this play go our way, or that play', but the reason those plays don't go your way is because of the athleticism and the superior athlete that you're playing against. I give St. John's a lot of credit; I know they are still really trying to find their niche as a team. Getting Amir [Garrett] tonight obviously helps them, but he's not in the flow yet. I thought for as young as they are and what they've gone through - for them to keep their poise, keep plugging away and obviously find a way to exploit some of the physical advantages late - they deserve a ton of credit."

On his team's balanced scoring:
"We've had a couple guys that we feel can give us some more scoring that haven't shot it great that shot it better tonight, but we don't have a prolific scorer in the lineup so for us to have a good night we're going to have to have three or four in double figures to have opportunities to win."




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