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Nov. 6, 2009
Head Coach Coach Ed DeChellis
General comments about the game...
I think we tried to come out of the gate and played pretty well. I thought we were okay the first half. I thought we had about a four or five minute spurt in the second half at about the 15-minute mark maybe that we didn't guard the way we needed to, but that happens. That's a little bit of human nature. I think we saw [that] and we got some guys back in there and guarded them again. I think they're a team that shoots a lot of three's or I think their goal is to shoot 50 a game and you better go out and challenge them if they make shots, [or else] you know that's a long night for you. We had never really let them get going at all.
Since it was an exhibition game, how important was it to come out strong?...
Well it's important. We wanted to play everybody and we were able to do that. We wanted to play everybody some quality minutes and we were able to do that so I think that's important. Our young guys did okay, I think they knocked the rust off, I think they got the jitters out. Billy Oliver, Sasa [Borovnjak], Tim Frazier, Jermaine Marshall. They haven't played in this yet, so it was important just to get out there. But, I wanted to see what other guys can do. Cammeron Woodyard hadn't played a lot, Chris Babb hadn't played a lot in the past so it was important for those guys to get out there. I thought we were o.k. I thought guys received enough time for us to see what they could do.
How do you think the team performed?...
We didn't shoot the ball well tonight at all. We couldn't make a three. We have to get better at the line and making some threes and just get better at the free throw line. Andrew Jones just shot it poorly, everybody else was okay from the free throw line but he was poor at the free throw line. We are going to make perimeter shots. Chris Babb is a good shooter, Talor [Battle] is a good shooter, Cammeron [Woodyard] is usually a pretty good shooter. Those three guys will make shots for us and that will open some other things up. But I liked the way we passed the ball and shared the ball.
Talk about the urgency to prepare for the upcoming games...
The next four or five days are real important. Tomorrow and Sunday's practices are important, and then we have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for Penn. We have to be ready to go. Penn will play completely opposite of these guys. It's changing gears but we have got we need to get in. We have got a couple more days where we can refine some things and add another thing or two. But we could probably play about anybody and have enough to be solid. But we do have to get one or two things in just in case.
What do you think about Tim's performance tonight?...
It was o.k. Tim is trying to go fast, and I think his speed will benefit him if he slows down some and then goes fast. He hasn't figured out that he can gear down and then when everybody is in his mode then he can go to the next level because he has a whole other gear. You can't always throw a fastball. You can throw an off-speed pitch and that is what we are trying to get him to understand. It doesn't always have to be 100 miles an hour. Go 80 and then go 100 and then you seem to go faster. The change of speeds is something he is going to have to figure out. It was one of the first plays where Tim went all the way down the court.
How is his quickness going to help the team?...
Yeah he is quick but you can't always score like that. He was able to score like that in high school but here you are not going over guys. That is something he has to figure out and experience that himself.
I thought we rebounded better in the second half offensively, I thought D.J. [David Jackson] made some solid plays, [Jeff] Brooks made some solid plays, Andrew Jones was o.k. in the post. Sasa Borovnjak did a good job up front. I thought Billy Oliver for the first time in a few years off we just tried to get him out there a few minutes at a time and I thought he did some good things and had some bounce. I was pleasantly surprised with those guys. The only thing I leave here walking out today is that we didn't shoot the ball well in the perimeter. We just didn't shoot the ball well from the perimeter and I know we can shoot. This is a team that played Pittsburgh very well last week and we took this thing very seriously. The other scores around the country have gotten our attention so we didn't want to stub our toe early in the season.
Talk about Tim Frazier's floor vision...
Well he can really pass the ball. We are trying to get him to drive in there and jump-stop and make a play. He has a tendency to drive and get in the air and then make a play. In this level you cannot do that. You have to be on your feet to make that play. He made some great passes toward the end to some guys and he can do that. But, again it is consistency, it is being able to control yourself and jump-stop. We are just trying to get him to throttle back too.
Talk about the overall speed of the game?...
It was o.k. we didn't push it as hard as we could have pushed it and we will get better at it and this was our first run at it. I am happy with how our perimeter guys played. They shared the ball, they drove, they kicked the ball to each other. It was a fun night for us we just didn't make threes tonight.
Talor Battle, Junior Point Guard
What do you think of the overall performance?...
I think we defended. They wanted to run fast and shoot a lot of threes. We did a good job contesting on the threes. We had a spurt in the second half where defensively for like three minutes we really didn't sit down and guard the ball and allowed them to hit a couple shots. Offensively I think we did well. Me, Cam (Woodyard) and Chris (Babb) didn't shoot the ball particularly well tonight. It was just one of those games. But, we did a lot of things well. I'm pleased with our effort.
Can you explain the start of the game when you guys went on a run?...
No offense to Slippery Rock, but we wanted to come out and really take them right out of the game from the get go. We joked around that we wanted to be able to rest the last ten minutes of the game and fortunately enough we were able to do that because we took care of business and kind of put the game out of reach right from the get go.
What are your thoughts on Tim Frazier at point guard?...
I think he did well. For the first time out there he did well. He missed some shots but everybody missed some shots today. I think he did good. He was in a hurry but not too so he did a great job with that. He found some guys and sometimes guys weren't ready. I think he did well and he can only get better.
What will Tim Frazier's quickness bring the team at the point guard position?...
Yeah, we did that today. I don't know if you saw it, but I was waving this kid (Andrew Jones) and he had to stop for about three seconds. He was tired though. I knew he was tired. With guys like that, we've just got to get the other three to run with us, even if they're tired. There's no point to try to run a break by ourselves. He's going to help us get some easy baskets one on one in transition and then find guys spotting up or guys trailing. I think he's going to help us tremendously.
How do you feel about playing in the two spot with Frazier out there?...
Normally when we run it, we run it just kind of like a spread offense. I'm really not even playing a two, I'm just on the ball up the court I really don't have it. It's different playing without the ball. I'm not sure how much I'll do it this year but it is a different type of game.
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