Men's Basketball

Georgetown vs. DePaul Postgame Quotes

Feb. 22, 2017

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On what he said to team after the game …
Let's regroup and be ready to play on Saturday. That's the message, let's be ready to play on Saturday.

On what he saw in the final seconds …
We wanted to contain [Billy Garrett Jr.]. We knew that he was taking it out. We knew that they were going to throw it right back to him. We wanted to retreat and keep him in front of us. We just didn't do it.

On DePaul's zone defense and subsequent offensive run …
It threw us off. For most of it, we weren't just taking threes - we got the ball inside. We had some turnovers, we had some missed shots. And then we missed some shots and it took us too long to settle down. But just as important during that run, we let our frustrations on offense lead to bad defensive possessions. I feel like they hit four or five threes during that span.

Graduate Student Guard Rodney Pryor

On the mood in the locker room after the game …
You just got to stick together. From here on out, we have to finish strong.

On DePaul's zone defense …
Like coach said, we got good looks. Some turnovers happened. We got the ball inside, we just didn't knock down shots when we had the opportunity. Just got to be able to step up and hit shots and make plays.

DePaul Head Coach Dave Leitao

Opening Statement…
You know, credit Billy. He's done a wonderful job for us. He's been sick the last two days and hasn't practiced at all and still led the team in minutes. So credit his resiliency and he's been that way through all of his time here. For him to have that last opportunity is something we've done the past couple of years and he's been more successful than not. This is the second one this year that he's won the game at the last second. I think it's even harder for him because everyone knows that the ball is going to be in his hand and he's going to have to make that decision.

On mid-game adjustments The fortunate part of our misfortune with foul trouble is that we went to a zone. I thought it worked so we kept going to it and it worked again. We mixed in some three-quarter court pressure to the zone and I think what it did is what often happens to us. Meaning it took some of their offensive rhythm away. They were playing with great rhythm and sharp cuts and good looks. So when we took some of their offensive rhythm away it gave us the energy that we needed and then we had good ball movement to get the ball in the paint and get some open shots. So we got confidence and it snowballed from there.

Senior Guard Billy Garrett Jr.

On the last play…
Coach called a good play in the huddle, it was actually a play that was ran against us against Providence. We threw it into Chris and then I got it back and I had a full head of steam so I was able to get by the defender. I got there and I saw Pryor playing in between because there was someone in the corner. I figured I should try and get to the basket. So I got to the basket and the guy had to foul me because I had an open lane and would have had a layup.

On what changed momentum of game:
I think our energy picked up defensively. We were in the huddle down 27-15 and we needed to talk more on defense. We figured we could get what we wanted on offense as long as we moved the ball and played with a little more pep in our step. We did that and as a result we got back into the game. We just sensed if we kept our energy high we would be able to come back and win the game.

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