Alabama Postgame Quotes



Jan. 19, 2013

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Head Coach Anthony Grant

Opening statement:

“We found a way. What we talked about before the game is you have to stay the course.  We knew it would be a 40-minute game and give Texas A&M credit, I thought they had a great game plan coming in.  We really struggled offensively in the first half.  We had that lull when we hit our first basket and then went forever without scoring again.  The turnovers hurt us early.  The thing we talked about at halftime was the need to come out with energy and get stops and cut the lead in half before the first timeout.  We were able to come out in the first two minutes and do a lot more than that and I thought it changed the whole complexion of the game.”

On the crowd support:

“That’s something else we talked about at halftime.  We needed to give our fans a reason to get the energy up and get excited.  We certainly did that with the energy we put out to start the second half and our fans responded.  It was a tremendous atmosphere.”

On keeping the game within reach with the offensive struggles in the first half:

“We felt like we could shoot the ball better, have more success offensively, take care of the ball better, and we felt like we could defend better.  Texas A&M shot 50% from the field in the first half and we turned the ball over 10 times in the first half.  We both had 18 shot attempts in the first half.  We just felt like we could play better and that was the whole focus.  I didn’t feel a level of frustration from our guys and I didn’t go into the locker room frustrated I just thought we could play better.  We needed to stay the course and play a 40-minute game.  Our guys stayed with that and we were fortunate to win the game.”


#22 Andrew Steele, Guard

On the atmosphere in the locker room at halftime:

“Like Coach (Anthony Grant) said, we felt we could play better, but we knew that being down 11 points we needed to step up our defense and it would give us some easy points and help out our offense a lot. Our main message was always ‘try to defend,’ and we felt like we could do a better job. If we did that we knew we’d have a chance to get back in the game.”


#5 Trevor Lacey, Guard

On the game-winning shot:

“Coach drew up a play for me to come off a double screen in the middle and for Nick (Jacobs) to come ball screen. They switched the ball screen and I was able to get separation from the big and get a shot off.” 

On knowing that the game was in Trevor Lacey’s hands:

“I didn’t go into that play thinking I was going to take that shot no matter what. I was going to go in and make the best play available for the team, and when they switched, it gave me the opportunity to take the big off the dribble.”


#12 Trevor Releford, Guard

On if he knew he was going to play due to his ankle injury:

“I think I went through practice today and I felt good and that I could come out here and help the team. Coach was good with it and I was good with it, and I just wanted to come out and help my team get the win." 

On if not scoring in the first half was because of his ankle:

“I have to give credit to Texas A&M. They did a good job on me, playing defense in the first half. I just came out in the second half, took what they gave me and didn’t try to force anything and try to create for my team.”