Feb. 14, 2009
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Postgame Press Conference
BAYLOR (16-9, 4-7) 72, TEXAS A&M (17-8, 3-7) 68
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
FERRELL CENTER - WACO, TEXAS
FEB. 14, 2009 - ATTENDANCE: 10,407
On the game:
"I thought it was unfortunate that the game had to end like that because I thought that you had two teams that played extremely hard. It was a well played game. I think the fans, the fifth largest crowd in Ferrell Center history, were really into it. I thought it was a great game for them to watch."
On Anthony Jones:
"We have talked about the players being ready to step up and we talked about players getting ready for their time when it happens and Anthony did a great job coming in tonight. We all know he did well offensively, but defensively, he did a really good job. He has worked on his shot and has spent a little extra time in the gym and he has been practicing a lot harder. Our seniors have done a good job talking with him and encouraging him. He came up real big for us tonight. He was definitely the player of the game for us."
On the bench play tonight:
"Our coaching staff made a conscious decision to use more of our bench because in the last five minutes, we wanted to make sure that our guys had enough energy to play it out and not be tired. We are going to keep doing that. Our bench really responded well and in the last five minutes we were able to get stops and scores when in the last couple of games we didn't."
Baylor Senior Guard Curtis Jerrells
On the win:
"It feels good. As a player, you try not to listen to the talk about the six-game losing streak; you try to focus on the next game that is front of you. That is what we did tonight."
Baylor Senior Forward Kevin Rogers
On snapping the six game losing streak:
"Obviously it feels good to get a win, especially at home. Like we always say, this one is over. We have a week off and we have a week to get prepared for Oklahoma State going into a tough environment like that. We have to put this behind us. We can celebrate today, but we have to get back to it on Monday."
Baylor Freshman Forward Anthony Jones
On playing in tonight's game:
"If you go in at practice, work hard every day and listen to these seniors telling you to keep your head up because your time will come, tonight was the night. Kevin (Rogers) and Quincy (Acy) got into early foul trouble and so did Josh (Lomers). When my number was called, I was ready."
Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon
"I thought it was a heck of a college basketball game. You got to give Baylor a lot of credit. They haven't shot the ball particularly well lately; tonight they did. I think some of it was our defense; I think a lot of it was just that they were really determined tonight and they really played well."
On Anthony Jones:
"I think Anthony Jones obviously was a big difference. It was kind of his night, when you bank one in its kind of his night. He was a big surprise; we know what he is capable; we recruited him. We know he can shoot it. I thought that when he made the first one, it really helped."
On Baylor's baskets at the end of the game:
"They made two big plays. (Henry) Dugat made a tough shot. Bryan Davis was right there and then (Curtis) Jerrells made a play. You can't give up a layup in a two-point game. You got to make them shoot a jump shot over a hand and we didn't do that. It was good execution on their part.
Texas A&M Junior Guard Josh Carter
On the loss:
"We just have to learn how to finish games. The last couple of games have come down to the wire and we just haven't found a way to finish them out."
On the outlook for the rest of the season:
"We are not going to think it is over until it's over. We still got six more games to play. We feel like we can go on a 6-0 run and we still got the (Big 12) tournament. So we are still aiming for the NCAA tournament. So it is not over until it's over; that is our mindset."
Texas A&M Junior Guard Derrick Roland
On Curtis Jerrells' layup:
"I heard Bryan (Davis) say `screen', but he didn't say which way and we just switched. He made a play off the ball screen. "