Jan. 3, 2007
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
Were you surprised by the team's uneven play in the first half?
"When you've been in coaching this long, you've pretty much seen it all. We started out executing pretty well, but just couldn't make any free throws. As a result, we couldn't get into our full-court press defense. Once we started to score, we were able to get the game at the pace we wanted."
How important is it to begin conference play with a win?
"It's major for us to start off on the right foot. You have to win at home, even if it means not playing well, you have to find a way to win at home."
Does playing each other regularly change the level of play?
"Both teams play with intensity, even outside the league. When you get to league play, it's more of a chess match because you know each other so well. And we know each other's strengths and weaknessess. Fordham is primarily a man-to-man team, but tonight they came out in the 3-2 zone. We hadn't anticipated that, and that zone slowed us down a little bit.
Any thoughts on recording your 100th win at GW?
"I hadn't really thought about it because as a coach, I'm more concerned about the game itself...But obviously, I'm very pleased and happy to have 100 wins."
Did Bryant Dunston's 3 early fouls make things easier for you?
"Actually I thought that when he went to the bench, they seemed to play better. It took us awhile to take control of the game. Then our pressure began to force some turnovers, which we converted to baskets. Overall, we did a pretty good job in reducing his attempts."
Carl Elliott took only 4 shots. Was that intentional?
"Most certainly not. We need to find a way to get him more shots and really turn him loose. That's something we're really concerned about."
GW junior G Maureece Rice
Is it different playing a home game without the students?
"Not really. We just want to come and play our best whether the fans are there or not...[when it's a close game], the fans are a big help because they can psych the other team."
Fordham Coach Dereck Wittenberg
"First of all, I want to congratulate GW for a great second half. They made some good plays in transition and pulled out the game. We did one thing good--we didn't foul them as much in the 2nd half, and didn't put them on the line. But other than that, we didn't play very well....We had our chances, went through some droughts where we didn't score, and gave up too many easy baskets in the 2nd half."
Even with so many fouls in the 1st half, were you surprised to still be in the game?
"I've never been associated with a game where we just kept fouling like that, We weren't playing good defense. It kind of took the wind out of our sails. It's unfortunate that Dunston got some ticky-tacky fouls. He's been a first-teamer for 2 years, and one of the best players in the league. But he gets a lot of fouls, and we need to work on that."
Were you disappointed with your 3-point shooting?
"No, it's the whole team. Our goal is to win the league, and it's a lofty goal considering that Fordham is starting from the bottom. But even though we've risen some, we're still not a complete team. We have players who are juniors, but they don't have the experience of seniors, where as George Washington is pretty much intact. We're also not sure who our leaders are, and there are other issues that we need to work out before we can rise further in the league."