UA-Lipscomb Postgame Quotes

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Dec. 21, 2010

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ALABAMA HEAD COACH Anthony Grant
Opening statement:

“It was a great defensive effort. I thought our guys came out in both halves and really turned up the pressure. Lipscomb is a very good team. They made a run, we knew they would, and our guys were able to respond to that.”

On holding Lipscomb to more than 30 points under its season average:
“Our guys were locked in and did a great job. Coach Hipsher did a great job with the scouting report preparing and having our guys understand what we needed to do on defense to take away their strengths. They did a great job on the offensive glass, 14 offensive rebounds for them. We knew that would be critical coming into the game. They have a great player inside in (Adnan) Hodzic and we had to contain him and a lot of shooters. They’re a very good team. I thought it was a total team effort.”

On Chris Hines and Tony Mitchell picking up the slack inside with JaMychal Green in foul trouble early:
“I thought Chris Hines in the first half made some great passes for layups against the double-downs and  the post and got us going. He had eight rebounds in the first half and did a great job on the glass. Tony Mitchell was the same, made some very good plays for us and kind of got us out in transition off the glass and let us get some easy baskets and open the game up a little bit.”

On Charvez Davis’ back-to-back-to-back three-pointers picking up the team following a Lipscomb run:
“It was great to see. We talked about it during the timeout there when they made a run and I think we had a nine-point lead and they were at the free throw line. Our message was that we have to handle this adversity. They made a run, we knew they would make a run. We knew they were a good team that would answer with a run. You have to get stops and go out and get baskets. Charvez did a great job of getting shots. His teammates did a great job of finding him. They knew he had the hot hand and I think that stretch was really fun to see the guys having that much fun and enjoy competing and enjoy what was happening on the floor. It was good to see.”

ALABAMA PLAYERS
#44 Chris Hines, Forward
On being active in the paint:
“Actually, I was a little over-aggressive tonight. Tonight, we had a big assignment in #34. He was coming into the game leading the players in his conference. We knew he was going to have a big game and we didn’t want to let that happen here at our place. We knew if he got his average and if he did what he normally does, we would have given him a chance to be in the game and we didn’t want that.”

On Davis’ key three-pointers:
“That was not only great for tonight, but great for our season. Coming into this game, a lot of teams will play to the fact that we aren’t great from the three-point line. We are now not only a threat from inside, but now a threat from the three-point line as well.”

On tonight’s defense:
“That was great. Like I said, this year we’ve been playing pretty good at home. And our schedule of the teams we’ve faced, like Oklahoma State, Purdue, all those games have prepared us for games like this. We played this game like we finished the second half of the Oklahoma State game. We just wanted to come out this game and put our emphasis from the three-point line.”

#24 Charvez Davis, Guard
On the streak of three-pointers:
“Anytime I’m playing a game and get a good look, I just feel like I need to shoot it. My teammates encourage me to shoot the ball when I’m open. I can go in the game and miss 10 shots and they keep telling me to shoot the ball.  So, I just did and I shot the ball with confidence.”

On feeling automatic from three-point range:
“It felt automatic. It just feels like I shooting into the ocean. Any time I get going like that, I feel like I just can’t be stopped. But I give all the credit to my teammates. They do a good job of finding me. They and my coaches are all encouraging me.”

#5 Tony Mitchell, Forward
On what was working well tonight:
“I got to give (credit) to our defense for going out and playing hard, never giving up even though they made runs. We stayed in there and fought.”

On tonight’s defensive intensity:
“We wanted to impose our will defensively. So, we just came out and tried to play the hardest defense we can, just by getting on loose balls, hanging our hands up, just being aggressive.”

LIPSCOMB HEAD COACH SCOTT SANDERSON
Opening statement:
“I did not see this (outcome) coming at all. You have to give Alabama credit though. They played well defensively and understood our personnel. We were not very good at all. The two things we knew that could get us were turnovers and rebounds. To start the game out we turned the ball over, and they outrebounded us early. In these kind of games (Alabama, North Carolina, Baylor), it is how you set the tone both offensively and defensively. We were not very good on either end of the floor.”

On the lack of point production:
“It was hard for us to score baskets. You have to give Alabama credit. They did a great job defensively and really understood who was doing what on our team. I did not think we competed the way we typically compete.”

On getting offensive rebounds and not converting on second-chance opportunities:
“We got everything blocked. Against Alabama, you cannot go too far in the lane, or you will get it blocked. Blocked shots, in my opinion, are like turnovers. Those 10 blocks are the same thing as 10 more turnovers against us.”


 

 

     
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