Feb. 12, 2005
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
February 12, 2004
@ GW 80
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
"It was a very hard-fought game. Both teams played extremely hard. In the 2nd half, once we settled down, we started to get the shots we wanted to get. Pops made two baskets in a row that gave us a lift. And one of the biggest baskets of the day was when Maureece Rice came in and hit a really big 3 because we were kind of struggling at the time."
On the performance of Pops and J.R. Pinnock coming off the bench
"I take my hat off to both of them because two guys who normally would be starting have accepted and embraced their roles. They bring us instant energy and instant scoring. When they come in, we instantly become a better basketball team."
On regaining the momentum in the 2nd half.
"Well, we settled down, stopped taking rushed shots, we finished plays, and we kept them from making points in transition. I wasn't pleased with the way we ended the [first] half. That's something we've worked on and worked on, and we're going to get it right."
How important was having a week to prepare for Richmond?
"No question about it. Richmond played Wednesday night against a team that plays entirely different from us. So now they have only two days to prepare. And playing us requires a lot of preparation because we're going to play 4 or 5 different defenses, and we're going to run so many plays and options off of things. It worked out great for us because we had a whole week to prepare and work on some things." And having [Richmond's Jermaine] Bucknor out was a break for us, because he would have made a big difference.
On Mike Hall's 11 points and 14 rebounds
"He's been our most solid performer. He and Omar are just solid. They come in every day and do what they do. Thank God they're playing a high level now. We needed every rebound Mike grabbed today."
GW Jr. F Pops-Mensah Bonsu
On the physical game against Kevin Steenberge
"Richmond is going to play us physical, no matter what. I knew to expect physical play. That was one of the things I worked on during the summer--to get used to that type of play. Yes it was physical play, but I'm pretty accustomed to it now."
GW So. G J.R. Pinnock
On his role on the team
"Whatever is needed, I'm willing to do. One day it may be score 15, the next it may be score 2, but stop their best scorer. Whatever it takes to win, I'm willing to do."
On beating the shot clock with a 3-pointer in the 2nd half
"I shoot the shot a lot just playing around, but I'm not going to take credit for it [laughs]."
Richmond Coach Jerry Wainwright
"Coach Hobbs is a terrific young coach. I really like the kids in the program...he's done a great job with this team. They represent our league in an outstanding way, and are certainly deserving of all the things that are going to come their way in terms of post-season consideration....I always enjoy competing against [Coach Hobbs'] kids. It was a really good win for GW."