Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes

Nov. 15, 2014

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On the play of freshman L.J. Peak ...

I would like to see him get more rebounds. Obviously he played well. L.J. is a very good basketball player. I though his teammates did a very good job of sharing the game and getting him the ball in positions where he can do what he does. He's a natural scorer. It comes easy to him.

On guarding St. Francis' Jalen Cannon ...

Cannon is a terrific player. And they do a good job of getting him the ball in isolation situations. And he's poised. He is really poised with the ball and getting to the spots. He knows where his spots are and he does a great job of getting there. Mikael (Hopkins) did a good job of wrestling with him most of the day. Paul (White) and Isaac (Copeland) both got some work. He is good because he can go inside and he can go outside. He makes you work because of his level and intensity and how hard he works.

On the open court game ...

We are a totally different team than we were last year. We are a work in progress and there is a long way to go. If we can get stops and if we can get rebounds - which we did a horrible job of today, they had 22 offensive rebounds, that cannot happen - but if we get defensive boards, we have different guys we can initiate the break with and different guys who can finish the break.

On the run to start the second half and any halftime adjustments ...

I don't remember the first half, sitting here right now. I think our attentiveness defensively was better in the second half. They set on-ball after on-ball after on-ball at different angles and we were not as aggressive with how we dealt with that in the first half. I think we did a slightly better job in the second half.

On D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's play as the de facto point guard ...

Who said he is the de facto point guard? We have different people that can serve in that role. Our best facilitator might be sitting to my left (Mikael Hopkins). We have different people that can get other guys shots. We have a team that shares the game and we don't have to worry about positions. D'Vauntes didn't have one of his better games, and not just because of his shooting. There are a lot of things he has to work on.

On St. Francis pressing in the first half and forcing Georgetown turnovers ...

I am trying to remember those. We have many different lineups on the court and with so many younger guys and with so many older guys asked to do things they haven't been asked to do, we are going to have shaky periods until we smooth things out. Basically just settle down and play ball.

On the run to open second half (following up on Trawick) ...

I don't think we came out flat in the first half. That is a good team with good players. We are not going to just run away from people. It has to be one stop, one good offensive possession, one good defensive possession. But we came out okay, then they made a run. Good teams, veteran teams will do that all year.

On the play of the freshmen ...

I thought they all were okay. For freshman, for their first game, it was okay. Everyone was settling in. That's how I look at it. Those guys are going to be asked to do a lot this year and I thought that everyone, for the most part, looked comfortable both offensively and defensively. I think everyone, for the most part, understood the rotations and understood our systems at both ends of the court. Now we just have to keep making progress.

On whether or not he is surprised by how comfortable the freshmen look ...

No. Those guys have been comfortable, as a group, all five of them including Trey Mourning, since they stepped on campus.

On if he is happy that St. Francis played man-to-man, giving Georgetown the opportunity to run its offense ...

As you put your schedule together, we know that they are a hard, aggressive, defensive, man-to-man team. That's what they do. If you look at film of them from last year, you might find five clips total of them in the zone. They play you hard, they play you aggressive. They didn't change their style for us. It's good to get that. That's why you schedule a game like this against a veteran team so we can get those reps.

On the play of Joshua Smith ...

I thought it was unacceptable. He has got to play better. Josh Smith can't play and have two rebounds total, both offensive and both off of his misses.

Jabril Trawick

Senior | Guard

On the run to open the second half ...

We started out the game getting up and down and had a nice early lead. Then we allowed them to get back in the game. I think they played hard as a team. We knew they weren't going to go anywhere. In the second half I thought we came out with the intensity we needed to get back on top.

On his impressions of L.J. Peak in his first game ...

We all expect that out of L.J. and all of the freshmen. We have been working hard as a group. Practice has been real competitive so we expect a lot out of the freshmen. I told the team before that we don't really have any freshmen and we should all just go out and be basketball players.

On whether or not he likes playing more in the open court ...

I think that, with the group we have this year, we are able to do a lot of different things. Coach was able to put in a bunch of different lineups. It's a fun group. Going along this year, I think that we will get better as a group and we will be able to do a lot more things.

Mikael Hopkins

Senior | Forward

On the rebounding disparity and what the team needs to do moving forward ...

Just got to the whole team involved in rebounding. A lot of the time people are looking to the bigs to rebound the ball, but when a team is shooting a lot of jump shots and crash the boards, we need our guards to help us out. I feel like that was the main reason they were able to stay in the game because they were getting second shots and putting pressure on our defense. Once the second half started, we focused on rebounding and that's the way we spread the game out.

On playing against Jalen Cannon ...

Coming into the game, Coach mentioned that he was a real good player. I think he is supposed to be an All-American out of that conference. I just tried to be physical. I knew he liked to duck in. Give him different looks. Not allow him to get easy post positions.

On how it felt offensively with the new group of players ...

Everybody has been playing well in practice. Coming out there and being able to facilitate the ball and get guys open on the backdoor cuts was fun. I am excited to see how the season is going to go.

St. Francis BKLYN Head Coach Glenn Braica

Opening Statement

I thought their (Georgetown) length bothered us and I thought they executed and I thought they were pretty good in transition offensively. It's a tough game to come in here and play with seven new players.

On getting the ball to Jalen Cannon in the first half ...

We'd like to get him the ball a little bit more. I think sometimes the other team dictates how much you can get the ball down to them, but that happens from time to time. We'll move forward from it, we play a team on Wednesday night that plays a similar style so I think this was a good game to prepare us for it.

On sagging off on defense in the second half ...

They beat us a couple of times on post-ups, we didn't want to front too high to clear out the weak side. But we didn't have the same focus in the second half. I didn't think we had the same mindset in the second half, we kept it close and I thought we still had a chance. We got a few stops in a row and then we didn't score and I thought that affected our defense. We let it affect our defense which is something we want to guard against, we never want to let that happen, but we'll learn from it. We have a lot of new guys and I thought a lot of them played well today, but they still have a lot to learn, we're a work in progress, but we'll get better as the year goes on.

On L.J. Peak ...

He's pretty good, we didn't see anything on him though. We weren't able to get any film on him, but he's a good player. He's an efficient player, he was 9-of-9, and we have to do a better job. He overpowered us going to the basket and to be honest he's probably the difference in the game. We knew who D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is and some of those other guys as well but he was an unknown. He stepped up and he's going to be a very good player for them.

St. Francis BKLYN Jalen Cannon

Senior | Forward

On the offensive rebounds ...

Coach always tells us to go to the glass, so that's always a focus for every game so I just go to the glass as much as I can.

On how Georgetown played him in the second half as opposed to the first ...

They did a really good job, I think I was just a little too excited to play my first college game of my senior year, but they did a good job.

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