Dec. 29, 2001
Charlotte Coach Bobby Lutz
[on Jaason Smith fouling out, leaving GW with no inside presence]
[on GW's long layoff during the past three weeks while Charlotte played
"The schedule we play gets us ready for tough games...GW pushed us to the limit, got the difference down to 5 [points], and that's what's really pleasing. We found a way to win against an opponent that didn't give up, and kept coming at us. And that's encouraging for the future."
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
[on being unable to sustain a second-half comeback]
"When we're trying to run our offensive sets, Darnell, who would normally
be on the ball, is setting screens. So the result is that we didn't get any
fluidity in our offense, and we didn't get any offensive rebounding
whatsoever....Running Darnell at the 4 spot, so we couldn't run a lot of our
set plays because we didn't have a bigger inside guy to set the screens to
free him up."
"Had we contained a little bit better on defense, that would've allowed us to score some baskets in transition. Our defense was not there tonight, we could not stop them from scoring baskets. In the first half, we gave up too many fouls and they took too many free throws."
[on the team's long layoff]
[on the team's short bench, and finishing the game with five guards on the
"The other thing that hurt us was Cam Stephens had a phenomenal game. That may be his career. For him to come in and get 24 points on us was huge for them. He played a fantastic game, he hurt us inside and got our big guys in foul trouble, and truly he was the difference. Even though Thomas scored 29 points, for the other guy to get 24 points and 15 rebounds...oh boy, that's tough to overcome."
"My team believes they can win every game we play. We're at a point where it makes no difference how many points we're down, we still believe we can win. The reason for that is they're so young, they don't know any better yet, and that's kind of a good thing. We have to mature a little bit. Tamal Forchion has to play like a sophomore, and not like a freshman, even though he is a freshman, we're going to have to get a little more production out of him. He can't start a game not ready to play."
[on the next game against St. Bonaventure]
[on similarities between GW and Charlotte]
"In retrospect, I'm proud of our team and proud of our effort. Now that we have solved the problem of playing with intensity and effort, now we gotta solve the problem of how to do things right basketball-wise. Once we do that, we have the chance to be a terrific basketball team, and to have a special season."