Jan. 18, 2003
NCAA Men's Basketball
GW Coach Karl Hobbs:
"We took them out of their natural offensive flow. We wanted to speed the pace of the game up. We really wanted it to be in the 80s--an up-and-down kind of contest where we can use our quickness and athleticism. For the most part we did that. We just had some bad turnovers at bad times in the game."
"Tempo was the whole key to the game. Whenever the game got into a bit of a race, it was to our advantage. Whenever it got down where we had to run a half-court offense and make decisions with the ball, we came up short a few times."
on the crowd:
on Tamal Forchion:
on the limited contributions of Mike Hall and Pops Mensah-Bonsu:
on the team's injuries:
"People don't realize that we're playing with 10 scholarship players. Darnell goes down and Omar is kind of hurt, so now we're down to 8. We're battling a lot of adversity now. I'm not making that an excuse. We played our brains out tonight, and if we had taken care of the ball, got fewer calls changed the momentum, and executed our offense better, it could have been a different basketball game...The beauty of next year is that we'll have 13 scholarship basketball players...finally! Tonight we made an important small step. We're going to make more of them, and they'll turn into big steps, and then those will turn into wins."
C Tamal Forchion:
"It's been mentally and physically tough not to be able to play. But things are going to come around. My confidence is coming back, and I'm not really thinking about the ankle. Before, I'd be a bit hesitant, but now I can put it to the side."
Dayton Coach Oliver Purnell:
"GW came out and really fought hard. I thought they were keyed up for the game. Karl made a decision to go full-court for most of the game; I think it was a pretty good strategy because we had a tremendous advantage inside. We didn't end up getting it in there as much as we'd like. We were 6 for 8 in the first half with our big guys, and we wanted to get it in there in the 2nd half, so they increased the pressure. It was bothering us, but toward the end of the game, we were finally doing a good job of handling the pressure."
"I was happy with the way our kids fought. We weren't perfect, we can play better. But if we don't fight, we don't win this game."
"We got GW in a chase mode, and boy were they chasing. They were effective doing that, but then we finally settled down and bounced the ball to the basket, got fouls, or scored. They made a couple of great blocks, but if you keep attacking the basket like that, good things are going to happen."