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Baylor, Northwestern Postgame Quotes

Dec. 4, 2012

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  Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement…
Well as disappointed as I was early in the game, especially early in the second half, I thought we did a lot of good things to get back in the game. Unfortunately at the beginning of the game, I thought we had chances to get a little separation and get a little cushion, but we weren’t able to do that. Their three’s gave them some momentum going into the second half. Games where we finish the half well, we finish the game well. We talked at halftime about coming out in the first 5 minutes and establishing what we really wanted to do. We went to our man defense to try and speed things up, but unfortunately we dug ourselves a hole. But the biggest disappointment for me was our rebounding. We have to work on rebounding better.”

On what Baylor has to do to get better at rebounding…
“We definitely have to be more physical to start with. I thought our guards needed to rebound better as well. We played six guards in the first half and came away with only one rebound.” 

On how frustrating this season has been being up and down…
“No question. It’s frustrating for our staff, our fans and our players. We will work towards getting consistency. That’s the biggest thing as a coach, you want to find the rhythm. That constant flow needs to be there. That has definitely been the most frustrating.”

On NU finishing the half on a strong note…
“That’s what was discouraging for us, we were scoring inside. At the end of the day the games we have lost we shot poorly and the games we won we shot well, but there has to be more to it than that. We have to be more consistent from the free-throw line and from the field. I thought that early on we wanted to get the ball inside because we are so effective in there. I thought we took too many three’s and that let them stay around when they weren’t shooting well. The offensive rebounds also hurt because it gave too many second-chance points. But the biggest thing was that they got momentum and confidence going into the half."

  Senior Guard Pierre Jackson

On coming out flat in after a big win at Kentucky…
“They outworked us. They wanted it more than we did. That’s about all that needs to be said.”

On the Princeton style offense frustrating Baylor…
“I don’t think it was just their offense. They executed well and took advantages of the opportunities we gave them.”

  Senior Guard A.J. Walton

On what happened at the beginning of the second half…
“We didn’t play with the same intensity that we finished the game with. We needed to play the whole 40 minutes like we played the final 10 minutes. We let them get on a run and we can’t do that against the good teams.”

On expecting to have a better game since they were coming off a big win…
“Yeah, we got outrebounded in the Kentucky game and we outrebounded tonight. There is no way we should have been outrebounded tonight. We should never get outrebounded, period. We have to be more hungry and come out with more fire to us.”

  Head Coach Bill Carmody

On their defense at the start of the second half…
“We just told them this team has lost a couple of games when they were in the low 60’s or 70’s. If they hit 90 we can’t hang with them, basically. If they hit 75 I thought that would be too much. If they hit 70 that would be too much.  I thought it would have to be 65 or below. Not that we were holding the ball or anything, I just wanted to take good shots and I thought generally we did that. But when they put the pressure on us, it really affected us. And when you miss foul shots, it gives them hope and the adrenaline is going and there is hope that they can win this game. We hadn’t been shooting fouls well at all, but we hung on.”

On having two early wins against Big 12 teams…
“Well this is a good team, especially on the road. You know we will take (the TCU win). They have got a lot of new guys that can play. Again, the last two days of practice have been horrible, so it was good for our guys. It was real historic for each guy, and in his heart each a special emotion, so I thought we showed something.”

On their rebounding edge…
“We never outrebound anyone, so that felt good tonight. In the first half we outrebounded them, but they didn’t miss any shots. They were 13-for-24, so you have to look at the game because sometimes stats can fool you a little bit.”



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