March 8, 2003
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
March 8, 2003
Fordham Coach Bob Hill
"I thought that for 34 minutes, we played as good as we can play. We executed the gameplan and took care of the ball for the most part. We had some mismatches defensively and they helped themselves out...we didn't let them exploit those. [GW] is a very young athletic team, so you have to do your best to keep them out of the open court."
"It was an entertaining game. There were a lot of good young players in the league out there today, and it was entertaining. It's just unfortunate that for two minutes we break down, and the game is over. That's how fragile basketball is."
[on Chris Monroe]
"I'm a major league fan of Chris Monroe. He's a terrific player. I think he has a chance to play at the next level someday. I've always admired his mental and physical toughness, and his willingness to drive to the basket and dare someone to block it. Now he's making 3s and he's better. It's just unfortunate that he had so many young players around him. But he still had a great year."
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
"The intensity of our defense was very good, particularly around the 10-minute mark. We played with more aggressiveness and a sense of urgency, and with more desperation. We kept them off them off the board and scored some baskets in transition during that stretch."
"I really wanted us to play well, and with a little bit of rhythm and fluidity today. Knowing that we're going to play on Monday, I wanted us to go in there feeling good about ourselves. I think we accomplished that. This game had a lot of implications to it; I wanted to make sure Chris would finish off his career the right way."
[on the upcoming A-10 tournament]
"I'm optimistic. I know these guys are tired of me and the practicing, and they want to see where this journey will lead them. What can be more exciting than that--to finally throw it up and play, and see what happens."
[on whether the team has been snakebit this season]
"You have to remember just what this team has been through. We're going up against guys who have been in the weight room 3 or 4 years with players who have only been in the weight room since last September. It's a matter of a team growing, developing, and going through the natural growing pains that a young team must go through. As far as I'm concerned, we're winning because we're meeting our goals--recruiting young men who belong here academically and are good citizens, restoring the pride in the program, and getting people excited about GW basketball again. If you don't believe me, just look at all those students out there today who have gotten behind this young team. The NCAA wins will come; but on every other front, we're winning."
"The fans were amazing--the way they were cheering, chanting my name, and giving support to the whole team during the game. They were in it the whole time."
"[Going out with a win] was very important for me and for the team going into the tournament. It's a good thing to go up to UMass with some momentum. The tournament is a new start--a new season. We still have an opportunity to put up a banner."
[on his offensive performance in the past few games]
"I think it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time. When TJ penetrates, I'm standing right there so he can kick the ball to me. If he does the ally-oop, I'm going to finish."
"Having a point guard like TJ makes the game so much easier. You know he's going to find you; you have to get your feet set and be ready to knock the shot down. Then you have Chris drawing so much attention, you just follow through and make the shot."
[on what it's been like to play with Chris Monroe]
"His work ethic, definitely. We practice hard for three hours a day, then go back and study. We often came over to the gym at 9:30 at night, and there he was practicing his jump shot. That showed me what it takes to be a good player and a good leader."