Post-Game Quotes

March 2, 2013

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Louisiana Tech Head Coach Michael White

Opening Statement:

“It was a good win for us. We were able to send our seniors out the right way. We finished one of our preseason goals that we set out to accomplish in September and that was to finish undefeated at home. It feels really good to finish that task. Obviously, winning a regular season championship – even a share of it – is something that we set out to do for months. It is exciting but there is still a lot left to play for next week.”

On turnovers and points off turnovers:

“The mindset, especially at home, is to get out in front early and let your crowd be a factor, let your press be a factor and turnovers are always a factor for us are always a big factor and they were again tonight. Coming off an emotional, hard-fought, huge program win on Thursday night it was hard to have the same intensity and to match the emotional level but we did just enough. We had some guys make some plays. Our pressure defense was pretty good and our zone late in the game got some stops for us. It was just a good team win that required contributions from a lot of guys.”

On wholesale substitution changes in second half:

“Just frustration. I love these guys, they have accepted being yanked out quickly since early in the year and that is something that is how we have been able to utilize our depth. A big part of the scouting report was Louis Garrett and D.J. Brown and their ability to shoot the three off the catch. Maybe our biggest defensive goal [of the game] was to not allow them an open look. At halftime, they were 0-for-4 from three and despite our offensive woes, which was why we had the comfortable lead. You rehash it at halftime and you talk about it at every timeout. Those two had consecutive wide-open looks in the second half and that is why we made the substitutions.”

On keeping team focused next week:

“We have left alone the bracket and at-large talk all season. It seems to have worked so far so we will simply give our kids the day off tomorrow, come back Monday and go through the same routine of individual workouts and weight lifting. We will watch some film on New Mexico State and that is all we will talk about next week is New Mexico State, the huge opportunity that we have on the road to improve a little bit in a tough environment. We will talk about having an opportunity to win the league outright to win one of the next two games but we won’t even mention the next opponent. It will be all Aggies until Thursday night.”

On losing in the WAC Tournament Championship last year being used as motivation:

“It has been a big motivating factor that started really about a week after the loss last spring. The kids talked about it all spring. It started obviously without returners and they communicated it to our newcomers. It gave us some confidence but it also gave us some motivation because our guys could almost taste it as they were right there. If we’re fortunate enough to get to the champ game, which we are capable of, I think that we will remember that. We will remember a year ago and all the things we didn’t handle correctly.”

On how rewarding the team’s hard work has been so far:

“It is extremely rewarding. I couldn’t be more pleased. We are not an overpowering team. WE have some deficiencies in a couple areas and we have on 18 in a row. It just speaks to what is in our locker room. I am so proud of our guys that they have been able to sustain their consistency, coachability and togetherness. I t is a special group.”

On Alex Hamilton:

“Alex is as talented as a kid as we have. He is going to be a tremendous player. He has been really good at times and he has been average at times, as is the case with freshmen. Unfortunately for Alex, h hasn’t been able to just play through a ton of mistakes because our backcourt is so talented and so deep. If Alex was given 33 minutes a game, he probably would be talked about a little bit more. He is getting better every day and he is made Speedy [Smith], Raheem [Appleby] and Kenyon [McNeail] better. They all have been making each other better. But he is capable of having big games against really good teams. We look for him and the other newcomers to finish the season really strong for us.”

On the team possibly playing without a net and viability of an at-large selection:

“We definitely haven’t talked to the team about it. I would like to have some success on the road and I think we are very capable, this time next week, to have some more information. I don’t know how we are not in the conversation yet – at least right now – to have won 18 in a row and to have beaten some of the teams we have beaten. Denver and New Mexico State are both very good teams, Southern Miss is a very good team, Utah State is a good team. They have had a couple of injuries but try going to Logan, Utah and winning. They are pretty good. I think we are starting got have some people talk about us and we are starting to gain some national attention and I think our kids deserve it.”

On having the nation’s longest winning streak:

“I think it is pretty neat, just like [being in] the Top 25. I don’t want to shun it and say I am not proud of it. It is a pretty cool thing. I know our guys will talk about it but we better start talking about New Mexico State real quick, though.”


San Jose State Head Coach George Nessman

On the loss to Louisiana Tech:

“These guys have won a lot of games in a row and deservedly so. They really go after the ball hard. We had too many turnovers in the first half and allowed them to build their lead. [They had] 24 points off turnovers and that is just too many. You can’t give 20-plus points off turnovers and that was the story of our road trip. That is a bad formula and we need to be stronger with the ball. I understand Louisiana Tech is a good pressure team but regardless of that we still have to handle the ball strong. We didn’t do a good enough job of that, particularly in the first half.”

On San Jose State not shooting well in the game:

“I don’t think we shot the ball as well as we did Thursday [at UT Arlington]. This is a tough road trip for us and Louisiana Tech has won 18 in a row – that is a lot. It was a tough deal for us; Chris [Cunningham] got in foul trouble early and he is an important part of our team. He also didn’t handle the ball very well and that feeds right into their strength.”

On Louisiana Tech dictating the pace of play:

“They seem, to me, to not be as concerned about balance as they want their guys playing at a certain tempo and wanting their shots going up. That encourages a certain pace game. It works for them because they are able to get almost every team in our league into a tempo game and boy, are they hard to beat in a tempo game. That is a hard situation for any team and it certainly was a hard situation for us.”





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