“I’m really happy for our guys. We’ve had a couple days of tough practice
after not playing as well as we wanted to in Miami. I thought we played
really well for 35, 36 minutes and certainly missed a few free throws and
we had a few things go against us; they had some shots go in at the end to
make it scary, but I thought our guys played really well. I thought we
handled the power outage, halftime, and all the strangeness of the game
On Andre Young’s performance:
“To be honest, I thought [Andre] would have had a more games like this;
maybe not with 29 points, but today when he shot it well from three. He’s
been fighting it a little bit, but as you can see we needed it, and with
only 64 points, he had 29 of them. Other guys played well in spurts
offensively and had some baskets. Milt [Jennings] had some late and I
thought Bernard [Sullivan] and Rod [Hall] played well early. Tanner
[Smith] was pretty solid and Devin [Booker] was good off the bench, but we
didn’t have another ‘go-to guy’ and [Andre] carried us.”
On last few minutes of the game:
“We tried everything. If you play soft and try and defend the three, you
don’t want to foul. They were making shots over the top of us. We also
had a few calls go against us, and I will be watching the film on those.
The last few minutes we tried to play zone to slow them down because we
thought that would work, but they were still able to throw tough shots in.
You can look at like it was a remarkable run by [GT], and it was, or you
can say we played tremendous defense for 35 minutes and were able to
minimize their power for the majority of the game. I choose to look at it
On starting Bobo Baciu over Devin Booker:
“Devin didn’t have a great game in Miami and Bobo has played better, not
only in games but in practice. [Bobo’s] confidence still comes and goes
way too quickly but I felt like he had earned an opportunity to start. I
don’t know if he will next game, but that will depend on how he practices
this week. To be honest, some people have been down on Devin and have
been upset with him a little bit but when I asked him at half time if he
wanted to start or come off the bench he said, ‘Let Bobo start.’ That’s a
pretty mature response from a young man, so I thought that was pretty good
on his part.”
Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory
“I feel better about our performance today. It’s always unfortunate when
you lose a game and I didn’t think we played well in the beginning. We
played with a much higher intensity level than we did the other night.
Neither team had been playing well and we knew it was going to be a tough
game. You have to give them credit. They made a couple of huge shots in
the second half when we were making our comeback. Their seniors, Andre
Young and Tanner Smith, really stepped up. The only shot Smith made was
that big three, but that’s what seniors are supposed to do. Tanner also
did a good job in the first half creating shots for other guys. His five
assists came on a lot of Young’s threes. We just have to keep working and
keep getting better.
“It was 13-10 at the light out situation and then Clemson scored 24 points
in the last six minutes. I was not proud of my team at that moment. We
talked about what we needed to do on defense and what offensive
adjustments we needed to make after having 17 turnovers in the first half.
Again, our guys have to learn to keep fighting and playing with good
effort. If you do that it’s going to make up from some mistakes you’ve
made early on. We have to start taking care of the ball. We’ve also got to
shoot better from the free throw line. That makes a huge difference. Even
though we had those two major issues, we still gave ourselves a chance to
win the game.”
On plan for last two minutes:
“We wanted the ball in Glen Rice’s hands in those last two minutes. We
wanted him to either shoot the ball or kick the ball to the open guy.
Their pressure was so good on our point guards, we put the ball in Glen’s
hands more in the second half and it helped us out quite a bit.
On Clemson’s defense:
We didn’t handle their pressure well. We weren’t missing shots; we just
weren’t getting shots off. They forced 17 turnovers in the first half.
Brad Brownell is a good coach. We shot 43%, which he’s probably mad about
right now. They pressure the ball hard. That bothered us and we weren’t
able to get the ball inside. Both teams are pretty good defensively, but
Brad’s a great coach.