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Georgetown Vs. Depaul Postgame Quotes

Jan. 9, 2016

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Georgetown 74, DePaul 63
Washington, D.C. ââ'¬" Verizon Center
January 9, 2016

Georgetown University Head Coach John Thompson III
On Georgetown's ability to get to the free throw line often against DePaul...
Particularly in the second half we wanted to make a conscious effort to get into the paint. For the whole game I think 31 threes were too many, but with that being said their defensive strategy is really pack it in the paint. With all penetration - I'm looking at the kid to my left (D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera) - eight assists, but with all penetration they were just clogging it in there, so the kick outs were open. Particularly in the second half we made a conscious effort to go to the rim, go to the rim, go to the rim, because I thought in the first half we were just passing around and shooting threes. I've said this several times, we have guys that can make those and I don't think the way they were playing defense - a couple of them were too fast - I don't think they were bad threes, but we have to get to the rim. I think our penetration got us to the foul line.

On the growth of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's game...
I think D'Vauntes is playing at a high level right now. He's getting his own, as well as he's getting other people a lot of shots. Pretty soon the guy to my right (Jessie Govan), he's coming along, and he's going to be able to get other people shots also, but without a doubt D'Vauntes is making the right decisions when we're putting him in those on ball situations and other situations also.

On Georgetown's lineup changes going into the second half...
(L.J Peak and Jessie Govan) were playing well. It's nothing other than that, they both had a good first half. If you're asking me who's going to start the next game, we'll see how practice goes.

On Jessie Govan's ability to shoot from the perimeter...
It means a lot. There's a whole plethora of sets and reads that we, the last couple of years, have abandoned because we didn't have a big that could make those shots. Now we have a couple that can, I'm thinking of Trey Mourning also, it just opens things up. His man can't just sit under the basket because he's going to make those shots and then all of a sudden the cutting and the passing is open or they're going to give him those shots.

On Jessie Govan's ability as a passer opening the playbook...
To that end, (Mikael Hopkins) and Josh (Smith) were good passers also, but I said it jokingly about D'Vauntes, but he's a basketball player. His skill level is high, his understanding is high. All freshman, especially in this day and age want to come in and set the world on fire from day one. Very seldom does that happen. He's getting to where you're starting to see ââ'¬" we've seen it all along ââ'¬" some of the things that he can do and he's not close to showing you everything yet.

On Georgetown showing a lot of 1-2-2 zone and 3/4 court pressure...
I planned on it. It was part of the plan from the beginning and I think it was effective. I think we got a little tired, I want to say midway through the second half, so we came out of it for a stretch then went back to it at the end and pulled away. Without a doubt I planned on sticking with it today.

Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
On his performance and his thoughts on not making a turnover...
I missed five free throws. That was probably the only thing that I was frustrated about.

On Georgetown's bigs opening the floor with outside shooting ability...
It's great. It gives us different looks. We have Brad, who is more of a back to the basket type of guy. Jessie can stretch the floor a bit more, so can Trey Mourning and our one through four can rebound, can score, can pretty much do everything, so it opens up the floor not only for myself, but for everyone else.

On both teams struggling to score in the first half...
I think we did a good job defensively on them in the half court set. When they did score a lot of it was in transition, which is something we've harped on all year. For us, we missed some shots that we usually make. Not to take anything away from them, they played defense really well, but shots that we usually make weren't going down and in the second half it started to happen for us.

Freshman forward Jessie Govan
On becoming more comfortable directing teammates on the floor...
We work on it a lot at practice, so I'm really comfortable out there directing people and running the plays. Coach puts confidence in my, so I just have to make sure I go out there and execute.

On the team's defensive effort...
I think we did pretty good. We held them to 36-percent shooting, so I think we did pretty good. I think we were really focused on our coverages with their screens and I think we did well today.

DePaul Head Coach Dave Leitao
Opening Statement ...
"This game is somewhat similar to last time we played them a week or so ago. I thought we battled at certain points well enough, but Georgetown was good enough and we weren't good enough at important times of the game. Throughout the course of the game Georgetown made more plays whatever it might have been. It could have been a key rebound here and there earlier in the game or making their free throws; things that define games, define seasons and define the teams. It is obviously a little bit frustrating that we are on the back end of that but we just have to keep working to try to correct things that we are not doing well."

On both teams struggling offensively in the first half ...
"I do not know a hundred percent why that happened; it could be a number of things. I kept telling our guys during deadballs that we know that the game is there for the taking and we have to go out there and be a more aggressive team. I thought neither team put a foot forward in that first half and on the outset of the second Georgetown did that. We were playing from behind from that point. We got one possession here and there, timely fouls, bad possessions, taking shots that we shouldn't take and that's what stretched the lead on us."

On Georgetown pushing the ball inside in the second half ...
"It's part of Georgetown's offense. They try to get the ball underneath your defense at 15, 8, 12, those kinds of things and then inside out basketball for the 3-point shooters. I thought they did a really good job today. They made 11 3's, a lot of them as a result from penetration, post touches and kickouts and we weren't really good in our rotation."

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