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Baylor, Southern Postgame Quotes
Dec. 20, 2017

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18/18 BAYLOR (10-2) 80, NR/NR SOUTHERN (3-9) 60

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Attendance: 5,877


Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening statement…
“We got great columns, except rebounding and turnovers, so if we could knock them off the page it was a great night, and most importantly we were able to get the win going into Christmas break. This Southern team is a team that has played a lot of people close. Duke was a single digit game and ended up being 17. There is a reason Southern and Texas Southern have been the two teams from the SWAC to get into the NCAA tournament. They executed well and did a good job of making it a more deliberate pace and we did a bad job of taking care of the ball. We didn’t do a great job rebounding but most of all I’m happy for the guys and happy they get to go home for part of the Christmas break.”

On how he feels about how the team is playing as Big 12 play approaches…
“Well the shooting percentages are pretty good and now we just have to work on the turnovers. They had been great up until the last two games. I guess Scrooge got into the building and caused that so we need to get him out of here. We can’t win in the Big 12 with 21 turnovers. We were trying to force to many things and were playing too fast.”

On Tristan Clark’s performance…
“You know, Tristan is the only one who didn’t have a turnover, and I thought he might have wanted to get one to join the rest of the party. It was great that he played 33 minutes without having a turnover.”

Senior Manu Lecomte
On how he feels about winning five straight games going into Big 12 play…

“For sure, it feels good. I think we have gotten better throughout the season so far and it’s just been really positive. We took care of our non-conference games and I think we have a pretty good record. I think as a team we can get better and we know we can get better, and that has been the goal since day one.”

On hitting 13 three-pointers in the last two games…
“My teammates have done a great job of finding me and getting me the ball. Coach Drew has done a great job of getting me the ball off screens. Jake [Lindsey] and King [McClure] have been finding ways to get me the ball and Tristan today was able to get me the ball on the baseline. I really think this team is doing a great job setting me up and finding me when I’m wide open.”

Freshman Tristan Clark
On scoring 18 of the first 20 points in the paint…

“We knew that they had good bigs inside and that they like to slow the ball down. We felt if we could get in the paint and make those high percentage shots we could dominate them.”

On starting to get comfortable and confident with his game…
“It is definitely a process. I’m certainly getting more comfortable out there in games, and in the non-conference games I’ve had my ups and downs, but it is really just all about getting better everyday and making sure I learn from my mistakes.”


Southern Head Coach Morris Scott
Opening statement…

“I thought in the first half we came out and we played inspired basketball, we kind of competed for a while there, then we had a bad stretch there where we turned the basketball over a couple times and let them get out in transition and score the basketball. We never really fully recovered from that point in the first half, but I thought in the second half we came out the gates and kind of played tough defense and we cut it to six or so, and I thought we kind of ran out of gas. Those guys are a great team and they have a lot of bigs that can come in and pound you on the inside and they do a great job with their team and they knock down some threes, and it kind of got away from us there in the second half.”

On Baylor scoring a lot in the paint which allowed scoring from the perimeter…
“They came out and started pounding the inside, kind wore us down a little bit. With them being so big they were able to score the ball fairly easy for that stretch, which kind of opened it up. We tried to go down there and take that away and they threw it out, kind of had some open shots they knocked down. That kind of makes it really tough when those guys are knocking down those outside shots at the same time, because it is then tough to control the paint.”

On Southern’s 38 percent shooting percentage and the way Baylor played defense…
“Their size had a lot to do with it. Early, I thought we missed some opened shots that we normally make, but they make it real tough and challenging for you. They do a great job defensively of switching up man and zone. They played a lot more zone today than normal and made it a little tough for us.”




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