Jan. 17, 2004
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
January 17, 2004
La Salle 57
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
on playing with intensity after the weeklong layoff
"I was happy and pleased with the way they were able to focus on this game. We are starting to understand and play defense fairly consistently. That's part of growing and getting better as a team. I think our offense was a llittle ahead of our defense at the beginning of the year, but our defense is starting to catch up."
"Whenever Gary Neal touched the ball, there were one or two defenders there. There were two or three different guys guarding him. We wanted to eliminate the number of touches he had. He had only 7 shots in the first half, and we said at halftime that we wanted to limit him to only 7 more. The guys did a good job."
on establishing the inside game early
"We always try to start every game with going inside because that opens up our perimeter. [Carl] Elliott came out shooting the ball very well, and J.R. came in shooting very well. Unfortunately for us, Pops got into foul trouble. Right now, he's a guy who doesn't miss, and we need to find a way to keep him in the game."
GW freshman J.R. Pinnock.
on the team's defensive performance
"We re not worried about scoring. We know we're going to score. It's a matter of stopping teams. If you can't score, you can't win. So we go out and play defense, and don't worry about scoring. We don't even talk about it in the huddles very much."
on his 21-point performance
"All week, the coaches have been getting us ready for Gary Neal. That's something my father's always told me, 'when you're playing against the best, you want to give your best effort.' I really don't know what I did different on my shot, but it was going in today. I was really happy with it."
GW sophomore Mike Hall
on the team's defense
"When we focus on stopping a team, on defense and rebounding, that gives us a lot of leeway on the offensive end. If we're shutting the other team down, we don't have as much pressure on the offensive end."
on shutting down Gary Neal
"From watching film and playing him last year, we know he's a great player, he can score in bunches. It was a great team effort. Guys were hedging out on screens, trying to deny him the ball. Keep the ball out of his hands, and he couldn't hurt us."
La Salle Coach Billy Hahn
"I give GW all kinds of credit. They shot the ball very well. I don't think that was due to our lack of defense. When you shoot 16 percent from the field, you're not going to beat too many people. We shoot it in the 30s, they shoot it in the 60s and that was the difference in the game. They scored and we couldn't."
"GW is a good balanced team. Karl's got them playing extremely hard with a great deal of passion. You can definitely tell they have a lot of confidence."
"I think we were shell-shocked from from the whipping we took from Penn on Wednesday. I thought we played on the back of our heels and weren't real sure of ourselves at times. Then we had to fight real hard to get back in, but didn't have enough effort. They did a great job. I thought they beat us in all areas today."
on the 1st half scoring drought
"That's been our problem all season long. We'll go through periods when we cannot score the basketball. And with 4 sophmores and a freshman, it's amazing how it affects everything else. It affects your defense, it affects your rebounding. We've become a very frustrated team."