Jan. 5, 2005
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
January 5, 2005
La Salle 42
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
on beginning conference play with a win "When you start conference play, the first order of business is winning at home. We did a terrific job of that last year. We want to try to continue that this year."
Are you concerned that Steven Smith had 23 points?
"As long as they were shooting 27% from the field and 26% from the 3-point line, he could have had 50 points, and that would have been OK. He's a terrific player, and one of the best in our league. Unfortunately for him, he's playing with a lot of young guys who are on their first time around."
You called a quick time out early in the 2nd half after a couple of sloppy plays.
"At times, we tend to get over-excited and lose our focus. We're not quite there yet. When you are, those are the sort of things you don't do, particularly in your own building. Those are some issues we need to address."
On Pops' fourth double-double of the season
"Pops is giving us consistency, and that's the thing we're asking all our players to do. Even in the Maryland game, he didn't score points but he still rebounded for us. Tonight, he did a terrific job of staying on the boards, and he got a few rebounds in traffic, which is important. He hasn't been able to do that up to now. The 20 pounds he put on over the summer have enabled him to become a much more effective rebounder.
GW C Pops Mensah-Bonsu
On the team's 60-26 edge in rebounding
"When you have three players in double figures, it shows the emphasis Coach Hobbs puts on rebounding at the beginning of the game. Mike Hall, Omar [Williams], and myself had to be accountable today. I have to tip my hat to Mike Hall for getting 17, but I do think he took a couple of mine [laughs]. You can't be mad at the guy."
Was there a physical mismatch with La Salle?
"If you look at the lineup, we start three guys over 6-8, or 6-9. Anytime we step on the floor, we have a height advantage--and sometimes a weight advantage--over some of these teams."
La Salle Coach John Giannini
"What happened today was very easy to see. George Washington was a vastly superior team. With Mike [St. John] fouling out and Mbainai Narmbaye not being able physically to contribute as much as he'd like, and Lewis Fadibe not being available to us, we could not compete."
"For most of the 2nd half, we had four guards, three of them freshmen, against a team that was obviously very different from us physically. They're a very good team, and we just were not able to compete with a team like that tonight."
"Over the last several games, our players have worked hard and had some success, and really looked pretty good. Tonight, every liability and weakness that we have was very exposed."
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