March 6, 2010
Post-Game Quotes Penn State vs. Purdue
Q: What was going on with Talor Battle?
Q: What does this game do for your team's pride?
Q: What does losing Talor Battle and still keeping the game close say about the team?
Q: What was the difference between the first and second halves?
A: The first half we just couldn't put the ball in the basket. We shot 30 percent. It was kind of going back to the future, back to the way we were. We missed some easy shots, I thought. I was a little worried at halftime because we made a big three to get it to eight and get it to under 10 where we're in striking distance. (Purdue) is a very good team and you've got to capitalize. When you get some shots you've got to make them. We didn't do that. We fell behind in the second half but we didn't panic. We kept fighting and fighting and fighting and trying to get it to where we could steal the thing. I thought we gave ourselves a chance.
Q: What kind of problems did JaJuan Johnson cause?
Q: How much are you looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday?
Q: Does practice leading up to the Big Ten Tournament change at all?
Q: Do you think you guys are better than your record shows?
PSU Player Quotes
Q: You guys have done a good job getting out of holes lately. Can you talk about how frustrating it is to dig yourselves into the holes?
A: in the first half, we were down. We couldn't make any baskets. People were going to rack and not finishing, me included. We got down easily by ten points. We were down eight at the half. So it's kind of hard when you dig yourself a hole and then try to dig yourself back out. We got down by two and then they hit that bank shot that killed our spirit.
Q: Have you seen an off-balance shot like the one you saw from Moore?
A: Yea. We were actually discussing that today. We were talking about luck and how some guys don't believe in it and some guys have superstition. My opinion is that we have had some back luck. I remember Trevon Hughes hit a bank shot against us here last year and then coming into this season, we had McCamey hit an off-balance three and Westbrook hit a shot at the buzzer and now that bank shot by Moore. It's obviously bad luck. All I can say is that we are looking forward to the tournament. We are pretty confident about ourselves and we all feel that we are dangerous.
Q: You didn't have Talor at the end. What was it like when you didn't have him in different situations today?
A: I don't think we even noticed. I think that's how much better everyone has got. Everyone is playing with confidence and it stunk seeing Talor go out of the game. But I think we all kept our heads and were mature enough to keep playing and fighting. It does really stink losing Talor during a clutch moment in the game, but things happen. We couldn't just drop our heads. We just had to keep our heads up and keep playing.
Q: Do you guys feel like you were better than your record?
A: Definitely. Even at the beginning of the season, we lost a couple games down in South Carolina, we felt like our record was a lot better than what it showed. It's just a tough season and you can't blame it on anyone else but yourselves because we are the ones in uniform and we're the ones on the court. Everyone sees the end result but doesn't see the hard work and what guys have done to make ourselves better. The biggest thing is that we have the tournament. That is the biggest thing on my mind, just going to the tournament and making some noise.
Q: How do you guys look beyond next week with everyone coming back next year?
A: The biggest thing like you said is everyone is going to be back. We don't have to worry about who is going to do the scoring and the rebounding and all those other things. We have the same team chemistry coming back and we're just going to build on that as a unit. Whatever happens in the tournament happens, but next year we all looking towards it because it is going to be a big year for all of us, especially me, Talor, D.J. and Drew who are going to be seniors. We don't want a season like this to happen for our senior year. We're looking forward to next year as one of the best years we've ever had at Penn State.
Q: Do you guys feel that you had enough pride coming into this game where you were basically slotted as the No. 11 seed for the Big Ten Tournament?
A: Yea we all felt like we were capable of coming into tonight and winning this game. It didn't come out that way, but we feel that if we look at this the positive way, we could go into the tournament and play well. As we walked by Purdue's locker room and heard them cheering because they were Big Ten regular season co-champs, we know that could be us next week screaming and hollering because we won a Big Ten championship.
Q: When Talor went out, did you guys tell Tim anything in the huddle?
A: Not really. He is a good player and he knows that being a freshman is out the window. That was out after the first couple games. He knew he had to step up, especially on the defensive end. He made a couple stops and got us back into the game. He played well but the end result didn't come out the way we wanted it to.
Q: How did you guys adjust to their defense?
A: I think we came out a little stiff in the first half. We weren't really taking good shots. I think we just settled down in the second half and absorbed the pressure and took what they were giving us, and we knocked those shots down. I think in the first half we missed some open shots and in the second half we got them to fall.
Q: Were you looking to shoot more when Talor went out?
A: I knew that somebody was going to have to take the big shot. It just happened to be in my hands. Normally as everyone knows, it would be him. But it just came my way and I did what I needed to do and it didn't go in.
Q: Can you tell us the look you got with about seven seconds left?
A: It was kind of what we drew up. We just kind of did a pretend dribble handoff and for me to get the ball and make something happen. It just didn't go in.
Q: How do you guys look at finding a second scorer going forward?
A: Before this game we've had three or four guys in double figures every game. I think we are doing fine, we are just not pulling it out in the end.
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter
Q: Coach I thought three things were important coming into this game, a good start, rebounding, and controlling [Talor] Battle early. All of those things happened, and you just held on.
Q: How does 'Big Ten Champions' sound?
Q: In different ways, your seniors did so many things. That's what you dream of right?
Q: E'Twaun [Moore] made that bank-shot towards the end, would you expect anything less of him?
Q: When you were up one, and Moore stepped to the line and made those two free throws, how big is that?
Q: How big of an accomplishment is this? Especially with [Hummel]'s injury?
Q: Talk about [John] Hart and [Kelsey] Barlow, and their contributions?
Q: Is Penn State much improved since you played them last?