UMBC at George Washington
Nov. 21, 2009
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
November 21, 2009
@ GW 94
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
What did you say to your team at halftime?
"I told them not to change anything. I thought we played both halves very well...we kept our level of intensity as high as possible. We have the ability to play a great number of guys. At any point, I want them to give us three minutes of everything they have. I thought they did that. Our objective is to wear the opposing team down and then to take over the second half."
Growth of your team?
"I thought we took care of the basketball and when you play the style of basketball we do, that's important. That was growth for us. We didn't let turnovers change the momentum of the game. Sure we had 18 of them, but with so many guys playing, that's to be expected. We had no consecutive turnovers. Also, I don't remember them taking many shots that were unchallenged. I felt we grew in both of those areas."
"We just can't have a bad effort game. I felt our overall effort was tremendous. We are getting back to the style of play we want - if you recall our teams of the past where we got deflections and steals, where we forced a lot of errors, we are getting back to that. The last two years we have been more of a half court/zone team. We now have the character to play the way we once did.
GW senior forward Damian Hollis
About this team...
"For the first time I felt this was a big family, the chemistry on this team is really good. I love being around these guys. Records don't concern me. I'm just looking to win, trying to go with my team as far as we can go to the tourney, that's my main motivation."
About his big blocks...
"The crowd gave us an amazing amount of energy."
Freshman guard Lasan Kromah
About the fast start...
"The whole time I was thinking, `keep up the same intensity.' Our defense is our key thing and I was just focused on that. We practice a lot every day. Every game comes with a new challenge."
UMBC Coach Randy Monroe
About GW's effort...
"We had trouble doing everything against GW today. I think we even had trouble getting off the bus. We didn't do a good enough job of moving the basketball and getting open shots. I thought GW did a very good job of making us play that way. They pressured us, came after us. That intensity led to many transition baskets. But I hope my team learned from it. If they didn't get the message today, then we have problems.
About the renovated Charles E. Smith Center...
"I was really impressed with the renovations, it looks very, very nice. Everything's different. I almost got lost looking for the locker room. I think it is a terrific sell. GW is in a great location. The student body was great today, but I think we had something to do with that too in how we played."
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