Men's Basketball

Xavier vs. Georgetown Post Game Quotes

Jan. 27, 2015

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Xavier 66, Georgetown 53
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On Xavier's defensive performance...
They did an outstanding job. They made it hard for (D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera) to breathe, which happens when you're as good as D'Vauntes. I thought we did a poor job of helping each other, of setting screens, of cutting, of having sharp, hard movements which allowed them to settle in and really give a lot of help. Then we had 17 turnovers and a lot of them were turnovers that you just shouldn't make. The turnovers, particularly in the first half really dug a hole for ourselves against a good team. Every team in this league is a good team and the hole was just too big to climb out of.

On Georgetown's energy against Xavier...
I don't think it's a question of energy. I don't think we were lethargic out there, I just think we made mistakes.

On Georgetown's first half turnovers...
We didn't execute offensively and we kept looking for the quick fix, the quick one, two, pass, shot instead of changing sides of the court and making them work a little bit.

On Georgetown's lack of offensive rebounding...
We did not do what we were supposed to do on the board. We've been pretty good this year on the boards and tonight we just didn't.

On if Jabril Trawick was trying to do too much after coming back from injury...
We need Jabril to be aggressive, so I don't want to say he was trying too much. He was maybe trying at the wrong times would be a better way to put it. They do a very good job of playing the ball hard and then on the weak side trying to give help. So you're not going to be able to just put your head down and battle it in there because you're going to run into two or three people. When we tried that tonight we ended up with turnovers. You have to put it down and be ready to draw and kick it out and we didn't kick it to the weak side enough.

On if there were intangibles not there for Georgetown in the loss...
It was a bad loss. It's a hard loss. Every loss is a bad loss and a hard loss. I don't know how, big picture, to sum up today. We did not play well, they played very well. Us not playing well, as D'Vauntes said, you have to give them credit to how well they played. We just have to be better. We have a couple of days to get ready for Creighton on the road and we have to be significantly better on Saturday than we were on Tuesday night.

On if the rotation changes contributed to Georgetown's loss...
I don't think so because Isaac can do that. He's long enough and fast enough and determined enough where he can chase and he can guard bigger bodies. Jabril said he was fine and he was fine. L.J. is still a little gimpy. I knew from the beginning he wouldn't be able to play significant minutes. I thought he was effective when he was out there, but I knew he couldn't play as much as we would like to have him out there. That's basketball, that's life, things like that happen. We have to adjust, we have to adapt, and we just did a poor job of executing. I don't think the shift in our rotation had anything to do with the outcome.

Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

On Xavier's defensive effort...
I think they played pretty good on-ball defense. A lot of times on the drives coming off of the screen they double teamed, so it's just getting the ball out of my hands quicker. I think today people were sticking to the ball a little bit too much and I think we could have flowed better.

On the 17 turnovers...
Give them credit. They really defended well, they scouted us well and the weak-side help defense was good so it was tough for us to flow and execute.


Head Coach Chris Mack

Opening Statement
I think our guys knew what they were up against tonight. Coming in, we felt like Georgetown was playing as well as anybody in our league. We got them at home and felt like they would be ready to go. I thought the difference in the game was just how we came out and defensively our guys did a great job of limiting them to only one shot. To go in the first half and have [Georgetown] not get an offensive rebound, despite having 12 misses from the field, I can't say enough about the way our guards rebounded and blocked out. They did an excellent job. The first few possessions, they were just carving out space and weren't allowing second shots. That is really, really important, putting pressure on their first attempts. We did a great job of taking care of the ball for the most part and that was a huge key coming in, knowing that Georgetown plays a lot faster in this building. I thought that, after halftime, [Georgetown] woke up a little bit, but our guys didn't lose their poise. It was a good, earned road victory, which isn't easy in this league.

On the key of keeping poise throughout the entire game ...
It is a struggle for every team on the road. That is what you have to do. Teams, in their building, are going to make a run. You are not going to go, in this league, and beat them by 40 points. They are not going to quit. But again, we felt that if we could a really good job of taking care of the ball and keeping them out of transition, keeping them off the glass - they only had four offensive rebounds in the second half - it would put a lot of pressure on the first shot. I thought our guys really locked in. They understood where Georgetown was cutting, who was trying to get the ball. Josh (Smith), he is a horse and he is so hard to guard in there. Give our guys credit, they knew the scouting report and played a full 40 minutes.

On playing so much man-to-man defense ...
We played man the first time around. I think we went one possession of zone on New Year's Eve and (Jabril) Trawick hit a three. We felt like we might mix it up tonight, but we started off so well and when they only get 16 points at the half, you don't want to change anything. Again, you get a 10-, 12-point lead, and you feel the other team get back in the game, they start hitting threes, so we didn't feel like the zone would be conducive in the second half.

On tonight was a breakthrough game in getting a road victory ...
I hope so. Every league game is just a different challenge. You can only play the game in front of you and so you can't necessarily concentrate on three of your next four at home or on the road, just next challenge. It's not easy to win in anybody's building and I am proud of our guys.

On Myles Davis since he has joined the starting lineup ...
I think he has had a solid year through and through, not just as a starter. I think if anybody remembers Myles from last year, the growth he has made as a player, his confidence level is through the roof, he is hitting big shots. He lost his confidence last year and he went from a really good non-conference shooter to a terrible shooter in the second half of his freshman year. He has been solid as a rock. The thing I love about Myles is he is doing it in other areas. He had eight rebounds the other night, he is guarding better than he ever has, he is making better decisions with the basketball against pressure, he is driving it when he needs to and he is playing like a leader and he is only a sophomore. He has had a great year thus far. To me he is one of the most improved players in our conference.

On Remy Abell's defense on D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, compared to the first matchup ...
I don't know if the numbers bear out, but any time [Smith-Rivera] can shoot right around 33-percent. He is a handful, one of the best guards in our league. Not so much [Smith-Rivera], but the actions when he is going to try to reject ball screens, when he is going to try and receive handoffs. I though Remy (Abell) was locked in and the challenge of trying to guard a guy as talented as [Smith-Rivera] is one that Remy relishes and did a great job tonight.

On the play of Jalen Reynolds ...
He is an enigma sometimes. He has got more talent than a lot of post players I've coached. He still has to put it together. We need Jalen to be more consistent. We've have sort of stolen a few of his minutes and gone to four out, one in, it makes us harder to guard as long as we can do our job on the backboard. The lane seems a little bit more clogged when we play [Jalen Reynolds and Matt Stainbrook] together. Jalen has just got to be focused. He generally is more (focused) on the road, he has struggled at home with that. But I wouldn't trade him and we are going to keep coaching him. He is only a sophomore, he has got a lot of room for growth and he is one of the most talented post players in our league.

Sophomore Guard Myles Davis

On getting an elusive road win ...
It feels great. We knew we could do this. It took us too long to finally get one, but we finally got one against a great team in Georgetown. We just prepped so hard and we the opportunity that we had in front of us and we just took full advantage of it.

On playing a full two halves ...
It's something that we have been working on, especially when we go up a lot of times in the first half, then let up. But we kept a foot on the pedal and just kept going. It was great to be out there with my team and it was so much fun to finally get a win on the road.

On Georgetown's first half turnovers empowering Xavier ...
It's just about staying poised, staying focused and sticking to the game plan. We knew we had to pressure them, we knew their offense and knew what they would run. The turnovers just happened with the way our defense was playing and it just fueled us. We get our defense going and our just offense just follows.

On playing so much man-to-man defense ...
I think we are a man-playing team. We like playing man, we like getting after it. We just knew we had to use our pressure to try to affect them.

On personal confidence since moving into starting lineup ...
Regardless of whether I am starting or coming off the bench, I just try to play as hard as possible. It makes it even that much more great that my teammates give me a ton of confidence, and the coaches give me a ton of confidence. It's just good that we have guys who don't let, if they are starting or not, affect them. When I started starting, I just wanted to bring whatever I could to the table. It feels great and I am glad I have my teammates behind me supporting me.

On Georgetown forcing too many things offensively ...
I feel that any team that is down is going to try to pressure and pressure and try to get back into the game, especially at home. But the good thing about us today is that we stayed poised, we kept our composure. Kudos again to Remy Abell on playing great D on D'Vauntes (Smith-Rivera). He is probably the best defender in the conference and, without him, we probably wouldn't be in this situation and Matt (Stainbrook) did a great job on Josh (Smith). The scouting report was just great. We were all locked in. Once again, this isn't about doing this for one game, we got to take this to Seton Hall. Just take it game-by-game.

Senior Center Matt Stainbrook

On holding them to 16 points in the first half and the lift it gave Xavier ...
It was huge. We sort of set the tone early and it allowed us transition into our offense better. A huge credit to the guards who did a wonderful job of rebounding down. Their two guys, in (Mikael) Hopkins and (Joshua) Smith, are both great players and it is hard to keep them off the glass and it helps a lot when you have guards coming down and helping you rebound.

On the interior battle with Joshua Smith being different than the first meeting ...
I think it was pretty similar. It was physical as always. I have high respect for Josh Smith as a player and a person. He played really hard today. He's tough to guard, tough to box out. If he is within five, seven feet of the basket, it is tough to keep him out of there. I think it was a battle. It was evenly matched, I'd say.

On beating Georgetown twice right after they became ranked ...
It says that our team can step up for any big game. I'd say, definitely with the Seton Hall game, you can get our energy pumped up for anything. But when we play a ranked team, it's always going because we want to earn our respect. We want to be relevant.

On Jalen Reynolds' contributions tonight ...
He gives a huge presence. He is a guy that patrols the paint. Other teams know that he is a really athletic guy and if you are coming to the paint or if you are playing defense on him, that he can, at any point, grab a board off the glass, score a bucket or dunk it. He does a lot of things for us that make teams conscience of him.

On doing anything differently to get a win on the road ...
We were open with it. We knew that it was the monkey on our back and we weren't shy about saying that. We didn't deflect that or anything. We didn't necessarily prepare in any different way, but I think a lot of guys came ready to play and we put a pretty solid 40-minute game together.

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