Men's Basketball

Georgetown vs. Marquette Postgame Quotes

Jan. 2, 2016

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Georgetown University Head Coach John Thompson III

On Georgetown's defense vs. Henry Ellenson...
He's good. He can go inside, he can go outside; he's rugged. I thought we did a very good job of paying attention, listening and executing our scouting report defensively. Our guys were physical with him, we crowded off of who we should've crowded off of and tried to stay at home on the guys that could make shots. I think our guys were very attentive on Henry and (Luke) Fischer.

On Georgetown's first half…
It was until we gave up the four-point play at the end. It was good at both ends of the court. A lot of it started with our defense in that we made it difficult for them to score. Our guys did a good job of fighting over and getting through screens so that our bigs weren't at such a disadvantage as they were coming down hill. On offense the ball just moved and found its way to the open person and we made plays.

On Georgetown's play in the second half…
I think we made two threes to start the second half and then the ball started to stick and then we stopped moving our bodies. We started to stand around a little too much. We took some quick bad shots instead of making them work, so we have to understand that that can't happen. What we have to understand - this happened in the first half and repeatedly in the second half ââ'¬" when we have a bad offensive possession, we make poor decisions, we have a turnover, it quickly led to transition points for them. It says 10 fast break points (on the score sheet) but it feels like more than that. It seemed like when we made a poor decision, boom, they're making a layup at the other end.

On D'Vauntes scoring 12 points over the final two-plus minutes…
D'Vauntes had eight assists today, D'Vauntes is getting everybody else involved, but when it comes time to win the game D'Vauntes does what he has to do…That's a senior, that's someone that understands, there's a lid on the basket, everything is stagnant, even when we get the looks that we want they're not going in and he just took over at the end, in the right kind of way.

On if Marquette's fast break baskets in the second half was due to them going small...
No and I'm not taking anything away from them, but it was tied to our poor offensive execution. Whenever we took a poor shot or had a poor turnover, boom, they were gone.

On Georgetown's free-throw shooting…
We made our foul shots. We missed one, Reggie missed one.

On everything intensifying with the beginning of conference play…
You guys know this, regardless of what conference you're in, regardless of what of what league you're in, everything is accentuated now that conference play has started. We go through scouting reports and they do exactly what we anticipated, I'm sure we did exactly what they anticipated and that's going to be the case. That was case in Chicago, that was the case tonight and it's going to be the case in Omaha on Tuesday, so it comes down to execution. The key for us is going to be at the defensive end of the court. I thought we did a good job. I thought when they had opportunities it was more so because of our offense that led to an advantage for them on defense. Most of the time, not every possession, they had to work and that's where we haven't been as strong this year as we traditionally are. We're getting there, we're moving uphill, as long as our guys understand that we can talk about points, but we have to defend. We have to get on floor when it's time to get on the floor, we have to make the hustle plays when it's necessary. As D'Vauntes pointed out, the offense will be there, we have enough scorers, but the rebounding, the hustle plays, the effort on defense is where we have to continue to grow. We're in the best conference in basketball and nothing is easy. No night is easy, everything is going to be a fight, that has always been the case in the BIG EAST and now is no different.

On Kaleb Johnson's play…
We're only two games into conference play, but in the locker room, I told the guys, Kaleb reminded me, and has all year, if you can take the offensive component out of it, of Otto. You would see Otto Porter running down long rebounds, you would see Otto Porter making the hustle plays and getting on the floor. Kaleb at this point is not the offensive player that Otto was, but as it related to the effort he puts out, the caring and the effect he has on the game and the energy he gives and the confidence he gives his teammates is something he's very good at and hopefully other people will start to do that also.

On moving Tre Campbell to the starting lineup…
We have multiple guys on our roster that you can look at and say, "he's a starter." We have many guys that play starter minutes. I like the boost that we get the last two games brining L.J. off the bench, we get some pop with him coming off the bench, so we're probably going to stay with it, maybe not. But you look at L.J., whether he's starting or not, he's playing starters minutes and we look at him as a starter, same with Tre, same with Reggie. And if the big fellow Jessie plays the way he did today we'll put him that category.

Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

On developing a sense of when to facilitate and when to score…
That's something that I've definitely paid attention to, but I know this group, in particular, can score the ball. We have a lot of guys that can shoot, a lot guys who are quick with our cuts and offensively we're a really explosive team and defensively we can be just as effective.

On the biggest different between the beginning of conference play and the end of non-conference play…
We've known that the second half of the season is a fresh start for us, BIG EAST play is very important and we just want to continue to take it one game at a time and get the win.

On Kaleb Johnson's play…
Kaleb is one of the best defenders that we have and one of the most active players that we have. He can do a lot of things, he handles the ball really well, can rebound really well. His offensive rebounding was effective today. Next game it might be his day to score the ball because he can do that. He continues to make the hustle plays, if everyone on the team continues to do that, we'll keep winning.

Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson

On the biggest different between the beginning of conference play and the end of non-conference play…
We really didn't let the ball stick. We had five people with double-digits, so we had a lot of scorers, so as long as we share the game, we're good.

On his game…
My 16 points weren't just me getting the ball and making plays, my teammates, particularly D'Vauntes, he really set me up on a lot of those plays, found me when I was open in the corners and we just shared the ball.

On defending Henry Ellenson…
It was a team effort. Just trying to slow him down, take away all of his looks, keep a hand over the ball and just make things tough for him.

Marquette Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski

On how he would assess the first half of the game …
Well I don't know if our guys have made the adjustment to the fact that we're playing in the best conference in the United States and you have to put 40 minutes of amazing effort and concentration and each possession is a valuable one, and we're not ââ'¬" especially in the first half ââ'¬" we're not playing at that level ââ'¬" and I don't know why we have not made that adjustment but we haven't. In the second half we showed a little bit more fight but you can't spot a team like Georgetown that big a lead and hope to crawl back into it.

On going small then going back big again …
Well you know the strength of our team throughout the year has been our big guys, I mean they've been really efficient, but tonight they weren't, so that's the reason we went small, because I thought we weren't getting the production or efficiency from our big guys that we need to get. Going small allowed us to spread out the floor a little more and open up driving lanes, we wanted to attack the basket. I thought we had the ball by the basket a number of times but we just didn't finish, and I think sometimes finishing is a function of toughness and concentration and we have to do a better job of that.

On how to make Henry Ellenson more successful …
Well I think it's always a combination of both, and we need to keep figuring out ways where we can put him in a situation where we can get things done, and then when he's in that position he needs to get things done, so I think it's a combination of both. Look Henry has had an amazing year, he's been remarkably consistent, he's at the top of everybody's scouting report, he competes, but he's still learning. Just because you're as talented as he is or just because you're having as good a year as he has doesn't mean there isn't a learning curve, and there is one, and he's learning it and we're having to learn tough lessons. I mean we played 200 minutes today, half those minutes were played by freshmen.

On whether or not he was surprised by how closely guarded Henry Ellenson was …
No because that's what teams are going to do. You know I mean they have some long athletic bodies to do it though. They have great length across the board, not only with their post but along their perimeter, they can cover a lot of ground and make things difficult and I thought they did a good job and I thought they were allowed to play really physically by the basket and we didn't respond to it.

On his defensive changes that lead to the extra turnovers in the second half …
Well I thought we played harder in the second half, and as a result of playing harder we were more disruptive defensively. I thought we were playing very slow and lethargic in the first half and you're not going to force teams to be uncomfortable, whether that makes them turn it over or it makes them rush shots. If you're not really laying it on the line on the defensive end you're not going to get the outcomes that you want.

On why he put in Matt Heldt in so early …
Matt's practiced well, and I thought Luke looked a little tired to start the game, so we wanted to get a fresh body in. We're looking for contributions from everyone and Matt's gonna be a good player and he's been practicing better and better over the last couple of weeks.

On switching from zone to man …
It hasn't been as hard because we're a completely new team, and we have pretty much all new guys. And overall we've done a pretty good job with our man defense, and that would be our preference although we'll have to play some zone, and we've worked on it, although it wasn't very good today.

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