Post-Alabama game quotes

Feb. 5, 2009

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Vanderbilt 79 • Alabama 74
February 5, 2009 • Memorial Gym
Attendance: 13,850

Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt Head Coach

Opening Comments:
"It wasn't a thing of beauty. We desperately needed a win. I was proud of how our guys battled. It was like last Saturday at Auburn when we couldn't make free throws. If we have to shoot free throws poorly to get wins, we'll take it. At some point [shooting free throws poorly] will come back and bite you. We had been good at the beginning of the season, but the last two games, we haven't shot well.

On Vanderbilt's Second Half Defense:
"We started to put more pressure on the ball. We also got rebounds. They got off on us on the boards, but we cleaned that up."

On Jermaine Beal:
"I hope he and A.J. [Ogilvy] can continue to play like they did tonight, but that's asking a lot of Jermaine [Beal]. We have to have better defensive play from [Beal] than we had tonight to keep winning."

On Playing Without George Drake:
"We were short-handed. I played Charles Hinkle and he had been sick since last game. He was in the hospital one night and not at practice this week. He wasn't at the shoot-around today because he had a debate or something for class. I played him tonight and he played well. He gave us a spark when he was in there. George [Drake] hurt himself at practice, so we were short-handed."

Vanderbilt Players

Jermaine Beal, guard

On playing for forty minutes:
"I knew since George (Drake) wasn't playing today, that the guard rotation would change a little bit. I'm in shape, so playing forty minutes is nothing for me. I don't even remember the last time I played the whole game.

On the team's confidence:
"Our confidence is rising as a team. We've had two huge back-to-back wins, so hopefully we can keep this thing going and get a win Saturday."

A.J. Ogilvy, center

On getting back in shape:
"I've been doing a couple of extra workouts this week, trying to get my touch back and trying to get back to where I was and I finally feel like I'm getting back to where I need to be for this team to be successful.

On the difference of the team's play in the second half:
"Coach came in and talked to us and told us exactly what we needed to do: we needed to pick up our defensive intensity and try to keep them off of the offensive rebounds. We did a great job of that in the second half. We played some good defense and that's the kind of intensity we need around here to win some games. Hopefully we can bring that out this weekend."

Philip Pearson, Alabama Interim Head Coach

Opening Statement:
"It was a tough basketball game, which you expect coming to play at Vanderbilt and Memorial. First half, we guarded well, nearly 41 percent, we executed our offense, and got to the foul line. Midway through the second half, (A.J.) Ogilvy started getting some deep touches on the basket and they got some key 3-pointers. We had 2 or 3 trips where it was a 2-or 3-point game and we didn't get what we needed to get. We just constantly turned the ball over..."

On JaMychal Green:
"He's a guy who can shoot the ball and he was confident and comfortable here tonight. You always want to go inside out and we didn't necessarily need a 3-point shot, but it didn't go down. He played well in the first half and made all of his free throws, but he got fouls fast and had to take him out."

On Vanderbilt's run:
"They were executing their offense and doing some double screen action. They got to Ogilvy, (Brad) Tinsley, and (Jermaine) Beal when they needed to. Then we had the 3-point shooting foul and it's a tough break."

On Vanderbilt's Defense:
"They were into us more in the second half, pressure-wise, and we didn't execute the way we needed to, especially in the second half. The first 5 or 6 minutes of the game, we played so well, but it started to slip away."

On Trying to Slow Vanderbilt's Momentum:
"We had some points in transition where we couldn't get it in the basket or taking a timeout to plan some plays and it never worked in our favor. It was a good basketball game, but it's not where we wanted to be."

Alabama Players

JaMychal Green, forward

On not ending Alabama's SEC road losing streak:
"It is tough because we could of won this game. We actually gave it away. We just made a lot of mistakes tonight."

On Vanderbilt's 22-6 run in the second half:
"They were at home, so they were going to have a little spurt. (Anthony) Brock answered with all the threes he made."

Anthony Brock, guard

On if the loss was bittersweet after his 15-point performance:
"Not at all, I did what I could do, but in the end you still want the victory and that is what we were striving for, and we just didn't do it."

On his final three-pointer:
"I didn't have my legs under me all the way. I thought it was good too, but it was short. It was a good look and a good pass. I just couldn't finish it like I wanted to."

On if he'd been seeing a game like this coming:
"It was just an opportunity that coach gave me to play and I was just trying to make the best of it."

On how tough it was to miss the three at the end after making all of his previous five attempts:
"It is real tough, especially after I was hitting it like I was."



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