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Georgetown vs. Xavier Postgame Quotes

Dec. 31, 2016

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Xavier 81, Georgetown 76
Washington, D.C. -- Verizon Center
Saturday, December 31, 2016



Georgetown University Head Coach John Thompson III

On if Xavier was more aggressive...
I don't think they were more aggressive. That being said, they did a good job of drawing fouls and getting to the line.

On holding Xavier to under 40 percent from the field and Trevon Bluiett to one point...
You hold Bluiett to one point. He's not going to have too many nights like that. On the offensive end, for most of the game, I thought we really executed. They haven't been playing as much of that 1-3-1 this year as they have in years past, but we kind of anticipated that they were going to go to it. And I thought we did a decent job against that, but they're a good team, you make mistakes they are going to capitalize on them.

On whether Georgetown was too perimeter oriented in the second half...
I got to go back and look at it. Our perimeter guys were the only guys that were scoring. I don't feel like we were just swinging it around the perimeter and taking jumpers. Maybe you're right, I just have to go back and look at it.

On whether Marquette guard Jajuan Johnson's comments about the GU defense being "lazy" was a motivator...
He said that, God bless him. I don't think our defense has been lazy. That being said, you can ask these guys, was that motivation? I don't know. But we shouldn't need a comment from another team to execute on defense.

On what Georgetown did well and what went wrong during the last two minutes...
I'm monitoring myself. I'm trying to talk about us and not other people on the court. I think that on key offensive possessions, when we're on defense, I think Xavier really executed and got the looks that they needed. Coming down the stretch we got most of the shots for whom we wanted them. A lot of them went in, a couple didn't. It wasn't necessarily down the stretch, and I'd to go back and look at it, but it was probably around the five minute mark or six minute mark when all of a sudden their cushion goes to five or seven.

On Xavier's defense on L.J. Peak in the second half...
In the second half, I'm not saying they were doubling him, but when he got it they really shut down the lane. So I think he did a decent job of not forcing anything and making plays and finding open guys.

On what he has seen from his team after two BIG EAST games...
We have to play better. We're two games in to an 18 game season and then the BIG EAST Tournament. It's early. I can put on a positive hat and rattle off the good things that happened today, because there were some good things that happened today, we just have to make sure that more positive happen and fewer negative things to get a different outcome.

On finding a third scorer when L.J. Peak and Rodney Pryor aren't on...
Hopefully we can find a third or fourth or fifth. We have to, at key points of the game, get stops and get rebounds. So there were key points today where they would get fouled or they would get a rebound and get a shot.

On the contributions from Jonathan Mulmore and Kaleb Johnson...
I think Kaleb in particular, brought an energy that we haven't seen from him in a couple of weeks. Early on in the season we were seeing that every day, then he got injured and has been a little apprehensive and today he was like Kaleb again. So as long as we get him out there throwing his body around, he makes hustle plays, gets long rebounds, he defends. So he has been a little tentative and when he's tentative he's not effective. Most people attribute tentative to offense and shooting, but I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about every other aspect of the game.

Junior guard L.J. Peak

On his paint touches being limited in the second half...
In the second half they closed the paint up, so I was just trying to kick to my teammates.

Graduate student guard Rodney Pryor

On the team's progress to this point in the season...
I think we're fine. We just have to stay mentally together in stretches. There was a stretch during the game where, like Coach said, they got a comfortable margin at one point I think they got points on eight straight possessions and we can't have mental lapses like that defensively. Once we tighten that up we'll be fine.

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack

Opening statement...
"It's a wild start time. I don't know how many high-competitive basketball games I've been a part of that start at 11 a.m., but I thought that our team was ready to go. I thought Georgetown was ready to go. Just a great Big East game, you know back and forth and I thought we seized the momentum down the stretch and then Rodney Pryor almost brought them back to life himself there at the end. I couldn't ask for better defense. I thought on both of those threes our guys were nose-to-nose with a high hand, but you know defensively for us, Georgetown is a very difficult matchup which is why we played more zone than maybe we are accustomed to. Our guys got depantsed a couple times on back cuts and you know their ability with L.J. Peak to get in the lane and play downhill was tough for us to guard, especially when Malcom Bernard went out of the game, but you know we hung with it. I thought we got a little bit more of a defensive rhythm and understanding of when you are going to get flared on the backside, when you are going to get dribbled up and flared back and all the problems with a Princeton offense presents and then we mixed in our zone, but Edmond Sumner was phenomenal. On a night when an all-conference player like Trevon [Bluiett] doesn't shoot the ball well at all and he's going to be a focus of the scouting report, he's used to that, but I thought Edmond and J.P. really stepped up and Malcom [Bernard] made killer dagger threes. So, really happy, anytime you can win on the road, I think we are the first team in the Big East to win on the road, it's very difficult to do.

Sophomore Guard Edmond Sumner On his mindset in the second half...
We knew they were switching some of the ball screens and were going to switch a big on me and with me using my quickness it was going to be tough for them to keep me in front and we just wanted to exploit that.

On contributions from other players with Trevon Bluiett struggling...
We know Trevon is our leading scorer, he's one of our best scorers and he was struggling tonight. We have a well-rounded team so we are very versatile and any day anybody can step up. Today, J.P. and I had to step up because Trevon had an off day.

Junior Guard J.P. Macura

On team performance with struggles of Trevon Bluiett...
That's the great thing about our team is that we have a lot of players that can do a lot of things and if someone isn't playing well, another player is going to step up.

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