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Baylor, Arizona State Postgame Quotes

Dec. 2, 2010

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11/10 BAYLOR 68, ARIZONA STATE 54 Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Thursday, December 2, 2010 Attendance: 7,083


Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening Statement:
"Very, very pleased with the win tonight. I know that we can and will get better throughout the year. Anytime you beat a Herb Sendek coached team, especially by double figures, that is hard to do because they really control tempo. They really work the ball and take high percentage shots, and their matchup zone is the best matchup in the country. You can’t simulate it because not enough people play it. Anyways, I am very pleased with the win and most happy that we won three in a row in the Big 12-Pac 10 Hardwood Series. We definitely want to represent the Big 12 and do what we need to do to make sure our conference gets the positive recognition it needs.”

On the play of the posts:
“For our bigs, you take Perry, you take Quincy, it is a growing experience to for them. You look this year and Quincy has not been the go to guy before. First it is one thing to get plays to you, then it is another thing to get double teamed. So he is just going through a maturation process, but very pleased with how he did other things. He rebounded well, played very good defense and again we held them to 40 percent second half.”

On the guards shooting well:
“Against their match-up, if you don’t match shots it is tough to beat them. The good thing is we had pretty good looks and we were able to make them.”

Senior Guard LaceDarius Dunn
On how he feels after being injured in the game:
"It is tender right now. It kind of hurt right now. I have to go get it x-rayed in the morning.”

On putting Arizona State away:
"Coming in we knew it would be. Arizona State is a very good team. They are well coached. They played a zone that is very tough to get shots off. I think we did a good job with A.J. (Walton) getting us into our plays and executing well to get the shots we needed.””

Sophomore Guard A.J. Walton
On his game:
"I did what I can. My team, they have faith in me. Before the game we all tell each other we trust each other. They just trust me to be their point guard and do what I need to do to help us win.”

On Arizona State’s defense making it hard to score inside:
"It is real difficult. They forced us to make open shots. You have great shooters like Lace Dunn, they play more towards him, so it leaves players like Fred Ellis, Anthony Jones and myself just come in and knock down shots. If that is the job we have to do it.”


Head Coach Herb Sendek
On limiting Baylor’s inside presence:
“The difficult thing about defending Baylor is that they have great balance so you’re not able to focus on just one asset of their offense. Their guards are very good players and (LaceDarius) Dunn is one of the top 2-guards in the country. We are going to try to do our best against their formidable front line and obviously we needed to do a much better job than what we did on (A.J.) Walton and Dunn.”

On defending Senior Guard LaceDarius Dunn:
“He’s a terrific player. He is one of the best in college basketball right now. He doesn’t need a lot of time and space and he’s very accurate. He hit a couple (of shots) that I thought we couldn’t have been much closer, then it’s on us on some other ones to not give him as good of a look as he had.”

On Baylor’s defense in the paint:
“They’re a difficult team to simulate because they are so long and athletic and unique. It’s hard in practice to replicate what they do. But at the same time, I thought we were much too careless with the ball, especially in the first half. We had too many turnovers to allow us to be in a better position to compete for a win. At the same time, although finishing is not easy against their length, I thought we had the ball at the basket for some good opportunities and didn’t convert. Playing a team like this, you don’t have a large margin for error to begin with. Then you look at the eight points we left at the free throw line. Unless you are going to be an overwhelming team, those things start to add up. You look at the turnovers, missed free throws and some other opportunities that we didn’t convert. If we’re going to come in here and have a chance to win then we’re going to have to convert much better than we did. Although we may not be able to shut them out, we’re going to have to do a better job at certain aspects of the game that we most certainly can.”



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