Jan. 17, 2009
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
Tough loss but another hard-fought performance from your squad.
"We played hard against a tough basketball team on their floor and we just couldn't finish some plays down the stretch. The players played their hearts out and we've just got to keep playing hard and I know we're going to be rewarded with a win if we continue to play hard."
Wynton Witherspoon throughout his career has had some big shots but that shot he made to cut it to one and the way he played in this game with Damian Hollis out and going down with that injury [late in the game] you have to give him a lot of credit.
"You've got to give him all the credit in the world. He's playing against 6-8, 6-9 guys and we had to compensate because we didn't have Damian available today but all the kids played their hearts out and today we came up a little bit short but we just have to keep playing with this kind of effort."
Talk about the defensive effort by George Washington. Before [Kevin] Lisch started taking things over, you really showed them how much they had to struggle in their half-court offense.
"Our defense was really good. In the second half, they shot a high percentage because we broke down a little bit just on fatigue, we lost Lisch a couple of times and he was able to make shots for them. That was the difference in the game, Lisch finding open areas to score."
You went through a tough losing streak last year but how different does this team feel than what was going on last year?
"The difference is this team is together. Last year we dealt with so many problems that had nothing to do with basketball. This team is dealing with our youth and some injuries by not having Damian tonight. But, once again, we're going to keep playing hard, we're going to keep getting better, and we're going to be rewarded with some victories."
Dayton is coming up after the inauguration. Damian is a day-to-day situation?
"Yes, he's day-to-day. We're not sure if we're going to have him available."