Nov. 12, 2013
23/25 BAYLOR (2-0) 66, NR/NR SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1) 64
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Tues., Nov. 12, 2013
BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Scott Drew
"The good thing is that free throw shooting is the one area that tends to get better in season, and it was one thing that we practiced more this year than ever before because we knew we would have more. I guess the first couple of games, until you get used to it in a game experience, it's tough. You're not used to seeing Brady [Heslip] miss his first three free throws and Royce [O'Neale] was I think an 80 percent free throw shooter at Denver and he was 3-for-9 tonight -- so those guys will get better as they get more comfortable. I know that'll get better. The thing that was most positive was that we shot 28 percent in the second half, and 38 for the game, and we ended up winning. We held them to 24 percent second half, 36 for the game, and outscored them 16-5 in second chance points. I thought the bench was very good with 36 points, so a lot of positives. Turnovers, free throws, transition defense are areas of concern we need to keep working on."
On the explanation he got at the end of the game...
"A foul occurred, but it was after the horn, or with zeroes on the clock. I just knew we won so I was happy."
On this team's offensive identity...
"I think the good thing is that we have different weapons. It's harder to guard when you have multiple guys who can score. It'll probably take time. Basketball shooting is so different. Some nights you're on, some nights you're off. Some nights you make free throws, some nights you don't. So I think the big thing is that if you have different guys who can step up it makes you hard to guard. If you only have two or three guys who could score, if they're off, then you're in trouble. The last thing you can control is your shot - you can be open and make it, you can be open and miss it."
Senior G Brady Heslip
On getting open looks at threes...
"I didn't really get much space, the guys just did a great job of finding me when I had just a little bit of space, and I was able to get a few shots off."
On the defensive effort at the end of the game...
"We kept the ball in front of us, out of the paint, forced them to take tough shots, and made them work deep into the shot clock. One time we got a steal. The key was that when they missed shots we didn't give them second chance opportunities during that stretch. That was the main thing - one and done as Coach Drew says."
Sophomore C Isaiah Austin
On the new rule changes affecting the flow of the game...
"Our coaches prepared us well in practice. They've been calling all the tick-tack fouls for us, so we knew what was ahead of us when we got into the game."
On playing more in the post this season...
"I haven't shot a three yet. Everybody's always talking to me, criticizing me, saying I'm too soft and all that but I just show them with my game."
SOUTH CAROLINA POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Frank Martin
"I credit my guys. Their resolve, their desire to go out there and believe in what we have been doing has put ourselves in a place where it is hard for opposing teams. I have played in this building before and I have been lucky that I have come out on the winning side. I don't know why, but every time we play Baylor it comes down to the last possession. It is incredible. Our resolve is good. We didn't rebound it the way we needed to, back-to-back free throw misses in the second half that led to a Brady Heslip three -- that led to us being down. I like where we are at."
On the last play of the game...
"[The officials] said that the contact came when the red light was on. Those guys did a great job. I have not seen the play, but those guys manage games. They have officiated every possible game and they are good at what they do. Mike [Carrera] fell down and I told him when they were reviewing it that he can't fall down there. The guy went under Mike's ball screen and I told Sin (Kacinas Mindaugas), `when you are playing against a zone and when a guy goes under that screen that you have to go up and shoot it.' Give him credit, he drove that thing and tried to create a foul and get to the line. We played to the buzzer."
On the defensive effort on Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson...
"Our perimeter defense is what put us in a tough spot. I thought the scouting report defense on their bigs was pretty good. We didn't do as great of a job on Isaiah [Austin]. Those are two really good players. Those guys are going to be making money playing the game. I was around [Corey] Jefferson this summer and he is a phenomenal, phenomenal kid. I root for him every single day."
Junior G Tyron Johnson
On the game...
"I thought that as a team we did pretty well. There are some mistakes that myself and the team had to correct, but there is no excuse on my end for missing a layup. As a point guard and a leader, I have got to come through in the end and hit the layup. As coach said, as a team effort, I like where we are at. We still have a lot more work to do. We have to give credit to Baylor -- those guys played hard. It was a great game and I think that it was a good test for us. From here on out we have just got to get better in practice and into the next game."