March 17, 2004
George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs
I told the team to play hard. That was the only halftime adjustment. There was nothing technical, just play harder. The guys responded, but unfortunately we could not finish a couple of plays. And all the credit to Virginia, they made some terrific shots. They are very difficult to defend because they were making the threes off transition.
On being down 15 points at the halftime: I felt pretty good about that, but not too good about it. I knew we could play better. I knew we could play a little more aggressively, but we need to relax a bit and try to finish up some plays.
I though Coach Gillen did an excellent job of getting his team mentally and physically ready for this game. I liked the fact that the senior (Todd Billet) stepped up and was a senior tonight. I thought Virginia played with a great deal of discipline and everyone that came off the bench for them was able to contribute. I give them a great deal of credit.
On the mood of the George Washington team tonight: This is the first game that we've played all year, that I did not have a feel for my team. I didn't know if we were excited. I could not get a real sense of the team. Mainly because we've never been in this situation before. This is our first winning season in three years and playing a tough team like Virginia. But I was happy with how we responded. I'm very proud of my basketball team and we accomplished a lot this year and I think the future is very bright.
On Jason Clark's three blocked shots: I thought he was magnificent. In some ways he was the difference in the ballgame. If they didn't have 13 blocks, we would have 10 more points. It looked like he fully understood what his role was tonight.
Virginia Coach Pete Gillen
I want to congratulate Karl Hobbs and his George Washington team. I thought they had a great year and he did a tremendous job and that team is going to be even stronger next year. I want to congratulate them on a great season.
I am very proud of our team and thrilled with the victory. I thought we played a very athletic and talented team tonight. We beat a very good team tonight. We shot the ball very well tonight. And we beat a very athletic well-coached team.
At the start of the second half I think our guys stopped playing. They aren't used to having such a lead at the half. They didn't know how to handle this type of lead.
On the 20-5 run in the second half: We weren't playing. I kept telling them, that only one team was playing and it wasn't us. We weren't rebounding or taking care of the ball. I told them that they weren't spectators, and that they needed to compete. Then we got hot and started playing.
Our bench won the game tonight.
Jason Clark was great tonight. He came out of nowhere a few times and made some great plays.
I was not able to get comfortable with our lead at any point because they are aggressive. The uglier the game the better for them. They like playing that way because they have a lot of great athletes and they are quick and great off the dribble. That's their style and they are good at it.