Jan. 28, 2014
NR/NR BAYLOR (13-7, 1-6) 64, NR/NR WEST VIRGINIA (12-9, 4-4) 66
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Tues., Jan. 28, 2014
BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Scott Drew
"I thought we competed the whole way out and gave ourselves a chance to win in the end but you can't miss as many layups as we did. We had a ton of and-one opportunities. In the first half we did a great job on the boards, second half we didn't -- 17 turnovers, points off turnovers was 18-0, and in this game and the Oklahoma game, 60 percent from the free throw line. I know people say, `well, aren't you working on them?' We're bringing them back at nine o'clock and shooting 100 free throws and if they don't make 75 they shoot another 100. We're making them at night. I guess we need to have our games from 9 to 11. It's not translating to the game. We really like these guys and we really want to see them win and be successful, but we have a lot of guys who haven't been in these close situations either, like Kenny [Chery], [Taurean Prince] and Royce [O'Neale]. It's disappointing that we haven't had some veterans step up and play better because I know they're capable of it and want to play better, but that hasn't happened. We'll keep plugging away and try to get better each and every day.
On the last play...
"I think if you watch the replay, Cory [Jefferson] is wide open, but we didn't execute. I don't want to give away the play but I think he was wide open. Let's credit West Virginia -- pressuring the ball and making sure we couldn't make the pass. But that's something we rehearse and practice. I sure like my odds of Cory making a dunk."
On the points off turnovers...
"I think their defense was good but a lot of it was self-inflicted. We've constantly worked on jump-stopping in the lane and not leaving our feet. I think we showed about five minutes of clips of jump-stops and dumping off. But we had turnovers where we leave our feet and throw the ball out of bounds or in their hands."
Senior G Brady Heslip
On defending West Virginia's three quick guards...
"It was tough, they're great players and we knew coming in that the bulk of their scoring comes from those three guys. When we went to our three-guard lineup at the end we were playing unbelievable defense. We forced a shot clock violation, then the next possession we got another stop. I thought guys fought hard. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way in the end."
On the team's mindset after this game...
"It's really frustrating but at the same time, it's over. We can dwell on it and not move on or we can turn around and start thinking positively. I'm going to try and bring as much positivity to the locker room, to the guys, to everybody at practice and we're going to work harder than we have been working because how hard we're working now isn't working for us. We have to crank it up a notch, get a little rest, then get back after it. We know we have a tough game coming up and we'll definitely be ready for it."
Sophomore F Rico Gathers
On how frustrating this losing streak is...
"The frustration is definitely there. After a game like this, the main thing I can look at is our fight, our fight to try and win. Everybody was on task. The game wasn't decided until the last 30 seconds. At the end of the day, we were on task, we were playing hard as a team. I really can't complain about my team's effort. Like coaches say, back to the lab, back to the drawing board. We have to come out against Oklahoma State on Saturday and try to get that win. That's all you can do."
On allowing offensive rebounds in the second half...
"They were getting a lot of offensive boards. They sent in their little guards to come rebound. We had problems with that earlier in the year and tonight was one of those nights when they were doing it. They were getting long rebounds. It happens though. We have to pick it up on the defensive end and make sure we're boxing out."
WEST VIRGINIA POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Bob Huggins
On what WVU was trying to do on offense at the end of the game...
"We were trying to run two guys off a double to see if we could get Baylor to help with them, and they didn't help as much as we thought they would. I asked [Juwan] Staten and he said, `coach they have been standing the lane up.' I was running those two guys because both of them are very capable of making shots."
On the points off turnovers...
"I think we are getting better. We are just so young that we just don't sustain anything. I think we are starting to sustain things longer. I think before we would just get on a run and we would have a hard time sustaining the run. They don't rebound at the free-throw line, but you got to give [Baylor] a lot of credit -- they are pretty good rebounders. It still shouldn't stop you from trying to put your body between them and the ball, though."
On addressing rebounding before the start of the second half...
"It depends on how you look at it -- as good, or bad, as I have been. That is the most emotional I have been because you can't stand there and let people rebound the ball at the foul line and not try to block them out, and we didn't. I think there is a difference between getting out-manned, which we do at times, and just kind of lackadaisically stepping in there. We were getting out-rebounded really bad. Part of it was our shot selection wasn't very good, but the other part of it is we didn't fight them. I got on our bigs pretty good."