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Baylor, Oregon Postgame Quotes

Nov. 15, 2016

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NR/NR BAYLOR (2-0) 66, 4/4 Oregon (1-1) 49
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Attendance: 5,891


Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening statement...
"First and foremost, I want to say that, all those that were here today, y’all made an impact on the game. We talk about it all the time: you can watch a game or you can affect it. To come to the game and do what you did today, that really helps, and because of that, you made history with us: first non-conference top-five team to be beaten in Waco in 110 years, so everyone got to be a part of that and we want to thank y’all for that. Second of all, I know this is my 14th season, and like everyone in Baylor Nation, we love Baylor and what it stands for. We’ve been through some good times and some bad times, but I know one thing, and that is the best times are ahead of us. For those that haven’t had a chance to meet our new athletic director, Mack Rhoades, he’s got great energy and enthusiasm and you’re going to love him, and I know you’re going love watching our men’s team and our women’s team play this year. The more you can be there to support us, I promise the harder we’ll work for you.”

On defensive effort...
"I think Jo was really excited to show what he was capable of doing, and the big thing is that we played nine guys, and because of the effort on the defensive end, holding them to 32 percent, that’s just outstanding, 3-for-21 from three. Last year, we gave up the highest 3-point percentage in the Big 12, so we’re excited about holding them to 14 percent. I think that’s a tribute to the guys, when they step on the floor, regardless of what they do on the offensive end, being committed and making that effort on the defensive end.”

On importance of answering after Oregon made a run….
“Good teams are always going to make runs. What was important for us was, last year, when we played and gave up 28 points off of our turnovers, today, I believe it was just 12. We had 25 baskets, 18 assisted, so we really moved the ball, didn’t allow them to get in transition, and rebounding wise, we gave up 15 second chance points last year, and this year we only gave up 4. So in those two areas, we really improved and really wanted to be focused on that. I thought we really shared the ball, especially at the beginning of the game. We really made the extra passes, and that’s something we didn’t do at their place.”

Junior Johnathan Motley

On what a win like this can do for a team...
"It’ll give us confidence for our upcoming games. We’ve got the Big 12 and the Bahamas trip coming up, so it just gives up confidence knowing we can go out there and beat a good team like Oregon.”

On how fired up he was...
"Pretty fired up. It’s pretty hard watching your teammates play, so I was glad I got a chance to get out there and play with my brothers.”

On dealing with success...
"Like coach just said, we’ve got to celebrate this win for a couple hours, and then go on to the next one, because we’ve got Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, so we just have to take it as what it is. We did some things good, but Florida Gulf Coast is not going to come in here and bow down to us just because we beat Oregon, so we’ve got to come in with the same intensity.”

Junior Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.

On how pumped up he was for this game...
"This is the highest ranked team we’ve had in the Ferrell. It’s what we live for. If you’re not gonna be excited for that, you should be doing different things.”

On if getting blocked early motivated him…
"No, I was just trying to be a factor somehow. I know my shots weren’t falling, so I was just trying to figure out a different way to help the team.”


Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman

On possible takeaways...
“Well, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We didn’t play very well, and we didn’t make plays for each other, so we’ve got a tremendous amount of work to do.”

On playing without Dillon Brooks...
"It’s difficult but that’s the way it goes, so we’ve got to do a better job. We’ve got to play better. Guys have got to make plays. There’s no doubt he’s a good player, but we’ve got some other good players that didn’t play very well. We got beat on the boards bad, and Dillon’s a good rebounder, but he’s not gonna make that difference up, so we’ve got to have other people respond."

On how difficult it is to go against the zone....
"Well, we did pretty good last year, we just didn’t do good this year. It was effective, but we attacked it poorly. We didn’t get any baskets in transition which we kind of depend on, so we did a poor job.”

On upcoming schedule….
“We got to get right back and play Valpo, and then we jump on a plane to go to Maui, so we’re in a tough stretch and guys are gonna have to respond.”



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