Postgame Quotes

March 18, 2005

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George Washington Head Coach Karl Hobbs

Opening statement:
First off, I just want to say how proud I am of my team. I'm very proud of the effort we put forth. I thought that we played hard. I thought the difference in the game tonight was that we missed free throws at key times, and that broke our momen-tum.

On postgame talk with team:
I wrote on the board, A-10 regular season championship, and I wrote on the board, A-10 Tournament championship. I wanted them to know how proud I was of them and that they were champions.

On what he is feeling right now:
I guess I am feeling a lot of different emotions. I'm feeling very proud of what we've accomplished. I'm reflecting back on how far we've come in a short period of time. I am feeling very thankful for all the people that have made this season, and where we are, possible. It took a lot of people - the assistant coaches, who have done a great job, the administration.

On the game:
I really felt that we had opportunities to win the game. We put ourselves in great situations, and unfortunately, we just didn't make key shots at times. And hopefully we will just learn from this experience.

George Washington Junior Pops Mensah-Bonsu

On the fast-paced game tempo:
It is kind of frustrating that they played a game similar to what we usually play. When you go 4-of-16 from the foul line, it's highly unlikely you'll beat anybody in this sport. They played similar to us and we welcomed their style of play, but we missed twelve foul shots and didn't execute on offense.

On returning next season:
We're going to be more experienced and we know what it takes to repeat as A-10 regular-season and tournament champs and we're going to know what it takes to get in the tournament. I think it's going to pay off in our off-season workouts.



George Washington Senior T.J. Thompson

On feelings about tournament performance:
I'm feeling a little overjoyed and yet disappointed. My first two years we finished last in the league, we were struggling to stay in the games with people and last year we made a big stride by going to the NIT and this year we just put it all to-gether and finally got here. I want to say I'm a little disappointed. We played hard and we played together, but I think that maybe if we made a couple of more free throws, we'd still be playing. George Washington Junior Mike Hall

On returning next season:
The hardest thing is going to be learning to play with expectations on our shoulders. This is the first year we've been picked to be a good team and that will be the same next year and we'll know how to handle it and how to execute and play mature basketball.

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