Alabama vs. Arkansas Postgame Quotes



Feb. 25, 2009

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Alabama Postgame Quotes
Head coach Philip Pearson
Opening statement:
“Our guys did a great job in the first half.  The whole key was that we guarded and defended them well.  We were able to get the ball down the floor.  Alonzo Gee and some other guys stepped up, made some plays and made some shots.  We were confident and comfortable."

On any pregame worries:
“I was a little nervous about the game.  Arkansas has some young, inexperienced guys that I thought were going to challenge us.  I was a little nervous with us coming off a big win on Saturday.  Give the credit to our players.  They went out and prepared on Monday and Tuesday.  We talked about how we were going to do some things and they came out and executed and made some shots.”

On beating Arkansas' press:
“We had several nice passes that got past Arkansas once they got in the press.  We were able to get the ball to the open man and the open man made the shots.”

On Yamene Coleman's 12-point performance:
“I think Yamene Coleman did a nice job.  He and I talked on Monday about this being a game where we would try some things we’ve been wanting to do.  He got in there and made several nice plays and finished nicely around the basket."

On coming out strong in the second half:
“I told our guys at halftime that this was going to be a maturity test.  I wanted to see exactly how we would respond in the second half and I think they did a good job. “

Senior guard Alonzo Gee
On his great first-half performance:
"It was a great feeling. I have to thank my teammates Senario Hillman and Mikhail Torrance, they both got me great looks and it just felt great to make shots. After I made that first shot I knew I was going to have a good night. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball."

On the team’s confidence:
"I think our confidence is pretty high right now, but we still have to stay focused, work hard in practice and just keep getting better and learn from this game and just keep getting better everyday."

On the team’s improvements:
I think we are finally getting over that hump that we’ve been struggling with. I think we’re playing a lot better than we have been in the past couple of weeks and we are still getting better.

Sophomore guard Senario Hillman
On Alabama’s improved play over the last two games:
"Everybody wants to win. We’re just trying to get a little run going and everybody is working hard."

On his career-high seven assists:
"Every time I would penetrate they would all try to block me, so I just found the open man."


Arkansas Postgame Quotes

Head coach John Pelphrey
Opening statement:
“Alabama played very well in the first half. Alonzo Gee got off to a great, great start. He’s a tremendous player and he’s done that a lot in the course of his career. I think he was 5-of-6 from the three-point line and that really opened up things for a lot of other guys. Boy, he did a good job. They were good offensively and defensively. We didn’t have much of an answer for them. We got off to a great start, 8-2, 8-3. You have to give credit to Alabama.”

On the biggest change that may have led to Alabama’s big run early:
“We changed to zone and the zone was outstanding for us in the first game. I think they only made four threes in Fayetteville and (Alonzo) Gee makes that before the half is over. I think the perimeter shot was something that really opened up the game for them. They did a good job moving the ball and did a good job getting the ball where it needed to be. We couldn’t make a basket and you have to give Alabama credit for that.”

On losing games in SEC this year:
“We are who we are and we have to play better. Tonight’s something that hasn’t happened to us in league play. A little bit with Kentucky, Kentucky had a 10, 11, 12 point lead on us most of that game, but this is a little bit different for us. We haven’t had to deal with this.”

Freshman guard Rotnei Clarke
On the overall game:
“Tough loss, very tough. It’s frustrating because we were ready to play. I’m not going to say we weren’t ready to play because we came out ready to play. We started out on a run. I don’t know, they exploded from there. Give praise to the other team because they came and they played really well.”

On Alabama shooting and making so many three-pointers:
“I know there were certain instances for me individually where I could’ve forced my guy off the three-point line. That’s what we were trying to do as a team. We didn’t do it the first half. We have to be able to run guys off the three-point line because once they get it off, you never know if it’s going to go in or not. Most of theirs were going in.”

Freshman guard Courtney Fortson
On the team’s poor shooting effort tonight, especially the first half:
“You know, that’s basketball. I thought we got some good looks on offense. They just weren’t falling for us. We’ve got great shooters on both teams and we know if we keep running the same thing, eventually they’ll fall.”

On what Alabama did:
“On the pick-and-roll, they doubled me, just completely doubled me. They forced somebody else to beat them and I saw that in the first half. I threw it back to my teammates, but it just didn’t happen tonight.”

On his technical foul:
“No that was an indirect contact. I wasn’t talking to the ref. I was just showing a little emotion with the ‘and one’. I think there was a mix up in that, but it’s basketball so I’m not mad about that.”