Postgame Comments: GW vs. Saint Louis
Jan. 29, 2011
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
Saint Louis 46
George Washington coach Karl Hobbs
Your defense was very impressive in the 2nd half.
"We knew that it was going to be a dogfight. I told the TV people that the team that gets to 60 first would win. We didn't get the 60, but I'll take the 52."
How about the play of Tony Taylor?
"He came up so big, and made some big, big shots. But the thing about our guys--they just kept at it. They never got discouraged; they kept grinding and playing good defense. Even though we had 10 turnovers in the 1st half, and that threw our rhythm off, at the end of the day, our defense really came through."
Talk about the play of Dwayne Smith.
"He really got us off pretty good. What was most impressive was 13 rebounds. That was huge. We told the guys before that the way this game was going to go defensively, we had to find some way to get extra shots. To do that, we had to get on the offensive glass."
Talk about your defense on the perimeter; you really shut Saint Louis down.
"Two guys we were concerned about were Kyle Cassity and Cody Ellis. We felt that if one or both of them got 12-16 points, it was going to be a difficult night for us to win."
It has to be good to play so well at home.
"Well, these fans were dying for a win. It wasn't the most important win, but the effort was impressive. The student stuck by us, and now we have to keep it going with a couple of games on the road, and keep our focus."
Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus
There was a long stretch in the 2nd half without a field goal.
"We good layups, we missed shots, we got wide open looks only to have them go out of bounds. We had 12 turnovers against a veteran team against their pressures....We are what we are. We're a young team that has a tough time scoring, and they get tightened up....It's just one of those situations that's difficult right now."
Where do you go from here?
"We go to practice, we get a study day, and then we go to the next game..."
What did GW do well to cause you so many problem?
"There's their quickness, and they hit a couple of tough shots. They abused [Paul] Ekerle and took him one-on-one...We made mistakes bringing the ball up and completing shots...You're dealing with four freshmen, Cody [Ellis] played half a semester last year, and now guys are playing out of their natural positions. We're such a bastardized team because of our depleted ranks....So GW took advantage of being a little bit older and our inexperience....They guys are trying; the clips will be amazing when you see how many open shots we had....We just don't have any leadership; they're passengers driving the car...It is what it is. We're trying to cultivate toughness, and play with the team we've got right now."