Nov. 26, 2005
Norfolk St. 69
Norfolk State Coach Dwight Freeman
I thought the guys did a good job of focusing on rebounding the ball and attacking the glass. One of the things we talked about with George Washington is that they are a tremendous offensive rebounding team and we have to make sure we make a concerted effort to keep them off the glass and I think our guys did a good job of that."
Twenty-three turnovers, not finishing plays on the inside here and there, I think, cost us the game.
"I think Karl and his staff have done a tremendous job of recruiting. They have recruited a lot of 'like' young men: long, athletic 6-5, 6-8, somewhere in that range. They all can put it on the floor, they all can attack the basket and when they start getting into that 1-3-1, that's probably 40 feet of arms they have out there, they cover a lot of space. It's one thing to have athletic guys as opposed to plodders and I don't think they really have any plodders. Those guys might be 6-8, 6-9 but if you put them on a track, I think they'd outrun a lot of 6-2 people."
Norfolk State sophomore G Tony Murphy
Norfolk State senior G Keith Young
GW coach Karl Hobbs
"At times, when we get up on a team, we tend to relax and that's been consistent with us. That's something that we have to work very, very hard to try to change that.
On Norfolk State:
"When we were running our sets, they knew where the cuts were and they were talking and helping each other out and they've got some good physical strength in the middle."
"I thought that our defense just wasn't consistent enough. We played great defense for three possessions in a row and then we'd give up a layup. I think it was around the 3:39 mark when Montrell [McDonald] stole the ball and I think that put the game away a little bit but, up until that point, they were pretty much in the game."
On Montrell McDonald:
Junior G Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock:
"We have to step it up in rebounding and defense in the absence of our big man, but in terms of scoring, no, because anybody on the floor can score. As far as defense and rebounding, me and Mike Hall have taken that upon ourselves to try and step it up."