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Baylor, Oklahoma State Postgame Quotes

Jan. 21, 2013

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BAYLOR 64, OKLAHOMA STATE 54
FERRELL CENTER • WACO, TEXAS
JAN. 21, 2013 • ATTENDANCE: 8,039

  BAYLOR QUOTES
 Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
"I thought it was a typical Big Monday game, you had teams really getting after it defensively. To hold Oklahoma State to 35 percent field goal shooting, I thought was a great effort on our part because they're a talented and explosive team. I thought the interior defense - Corey (Jefferson) and Isaiah (Austin) tying a (Big 12) school record with 11 blocks - was really critical and crucial to the success because it allowed us to get some transition buckets. I thought in the first half, turnovers hurt us during one stretch because we gave up some transition baskets. We (both teams) were both good defensively all game. When Pierre (Jackson) gave that one offensive spurt, we were able to get some momentum in that second half. In games like this, if you can get those lose balls - and I thought A.J. (Walton) helped defensively but also coming up with some 50/50 balls- its big."

On the team's defensive improvements:
"That's a tribute to guys working hard, and the bench coming in and providing us with some good defensive effort. At the end of the day we know that if you don't defend, you don't give yourself a chance to win on nights where you don't shoot well. We're hoping to keep up this effort and keep getting better because that gives us a chance to stay in games on nights where you're not making buckets. But with our three-guard lineup and their experience, we should have more assists to turnovers so we gotta continue to get better at that." 

On Cory Jefferson bouncing back from the Kansas game:
"I think what summarized Cory's game was when he missed the dunk (he should've stayed with two hands) but then he sprints back and gets a block, and then a little later in the game finishes a two-hand dunk. That's an upperclassman. That's someone who doesn't pout, who doesn't let one bad play affect the next play. I'm so proud of him for that."

 Freshman Isaiah Austin

If he's ever had a night with that many blocks:
"Yeah in high school I blocked a lot of shots, but in college guys get more creative."

On their interior defense:
"We wanted to be aggressive and to control the paint, and that's what we did tonight."

 Senior Guard Pierre Jackson

On this team's defensive mindset:
"It starts with the guards. Coach emphasizes that in practice every day. We have some good guards to go out and practice with. Either me, A.J., Gary (Franklin), even Brady (Heslip) is doing a great job on the defensive end. Even if they do get past us we got these two big guys under there and big Rico (Gathers) to intimidate everyone." 

On sticking with it despite early offensive struggles:
"I don't really think they had anything to do with me missing some shots, it was just me not following through. I was just flicking it, just letting it go. Coach always preaches to me to always hold my follow through and it'll go in. He hasn't lied to me yet, and I was able to knock a couple down when they left me open."

 Junior Forward Cory Jefferson

On bouncing back from the Kansas game:
"It was very important. Last game I came out and didn't perform the way the team needed me to, so I made sure I went out there and didn't have that happen tonight."

On the play of the bigs:
"Defensively, we just wanted to protect the rim. Me and Isaiah I feel like are some of the best shot blockers in the Big 12, and we wanted to come out and let everyone know that. Offensively, we just wanted to play our game and get in the paint, whether that be the guards or the bigs. After that, we just execute like we need to."

   OKLAHOMA STATE QUOTES
 Head Coach Travis Ford

Opening statement:
"I thought they just had too big of numbers, on both ends of the court. They came out with big rebounds and at no point did we hit our roll offensively to give us momentum, to give us that kick. We fought extreme in that first half, to take the lead. But we did a lot of good things, we just didn't finish. We didn't finish on the rim, we didn't finish on some key rebounds. We didn't rebound the ball numbers-wise. There were some key rebounds we didn't come up with, and then we didn't finish on the other end, around the basket. We did a lot of things we wanted to do, we just didn't finish."

On not finishing around the basket:
"They are a very good basketball team, I give Baylor credit. Baylor's played really, really well. They had a very good game. They made big shots and big rebounds when they needed it. This was a good hard-fought basketball game. They had their top three guys, their top three scorers do what they normally do, so give them credit. But we also did some good things; we just didn't reward ourselves enough. We did some good things. So give them credit, Baylor won a good, hard-fought game, and they deserved it."

On how the Big 12 compares:
"I think the Big 12 is as good as any league in the country, I really do, through and through from top to bottom. When you have to go on the road, I don't think there are many leagues in the country that are as tough to win on the road as it is here, in the Big 12. I've been with some of those other leagues, played in different things, but there is a lot of talent in the Big 12. Tonight you saw two great basketball teams, I thought one of them played really well, Baylor played really well, did some good things. We did some good things, we just didn't reward ourselves."

Sophomore Guard Le'Bryan Nash

On attacking the game and being aggressive:
"My teammates gave me the ball in good situations and I made some of those shots. There were some shots out there that I thought I could have made more, but my teammates gave me the ball and put me in those good situations." 

Freshman Guard Marcus Smart

On Baylor's defense being tough:
"We got what we wanted to get, we just fumbled a couple of balls, missing layups and not making shots we usually finish. The defense wasn't really effective to us. I mean, we give them credit. They played their defense well, but our offense just wasn't to the standpoint of what it usually is. Like I said, we missed wide-open layups, fumbled balls out of bounds on passes that we usually complete."

On playing on the road:
"I don't think it's part of playing on the road. Most teams are going to have games like that, where things are just not flowing for them. It was just one of those nights, and you just have to try and limit those nights as much as possible. But I don't think it's anything to do with playing on the road."


 

 

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