Dec. 6, 2009
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
December 6, 2009
BB&T Classic - Game 1
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
What made the difference when Navy closed to within one point?
"I thought we maintained our poise; we didn't panic. Then Damian [Hollis] made some big shots down the stretch. But the main thing is that we didn't lose our poise. And that's a sign of growth for our team."
On the importance of the team's depth tonight.
That's important for us because we're able to maintain a high level of focus. When guys get a little tired, they tend to lose focus a little bit. What our depth has done for us is allow us to hold teams to 35 percent shooting, and do a great job defending the 3, though it didn't look that way tonight."
"The minute we felt the pressure was bothering them, we're going to bring in four new guys. We hate to hear the whistle blow to stop the action. We only want to hear the whistle blow when we're subbing. We want to utilize our depth and speed and quickness."
On Navy G Chris Harris
"I thought he was special tonight. He was a one-man wrecking crew. Coach told me last night that those guys were in exams. Harris must not have had any exams this week because he was focused on knocking down shots."
On the risk of putting G Lasan Kromah back in with 3 fouls
"He has a very high basketball IQ, and is a precocious young man. He really understands how to play. We needed his ball handling at that time, and we needed to keep him in the game. He also has the ability to make a big shot. I thought he did a good job of not getting any silly fouls that young guys tend to get."
On the importance of the BB&T to GW
"This event is very significant for us in terms of the amount of money raised for children. It's in line with our university's mission overall, and we're honored to be a part of it. When you talk about all the people and all the hard work that's involved, it's quite amazing particularly with what was raised this year, and the amount of people at the gala last night. We know these are tough economic times, but the support has been just unbelievable. It's a great thing for GW to be a part of."
Navy Coach Billy Lange
"This is a great venue for us; we were playing a great opponent in GW. It is hard to have moments and lapses where you don't play well on both ends against a great opponent like that. We had a chance to win the game, not at the end, but we had a chance to win and we'll build from it."
On rushing the offense
"I thought definitely on that one possession where [Jordan] Sugars took that fade-away three in the right corner. That was just, maybe a little inexperience, maybe a little anxiety, maybe a little happiness, I don't know what it was, it wasn't a great focused possession."
On George Washington's defensive pressure
"We felt that if we got past the first lineup, we would fare pretty well. We had some dump balls to [T.J.] Toporcer, and we had some open threes in the corner. I thought we had great quality shots at the beginning of the game that we need to make in a game like this."
On George Washington's depth
"[Their depth] definitely does [affect us] a little bit because of their size and athleticism, but again, we got to the foul line, it was pretty even. I thought we did a great job on the backboard, all things considered. Our defensive field goal percentage wasn't great in the second half; we had some lapses where they got some easy run-outs. I think that's where [their depth] comes in, just mentally, a shot goes up, you have two point guards on the floor, and they get the put back. It probably just wears on you mentally a little bit."
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