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Vanderbilt-Missouri postgame quotes

Feb. 19, 2014

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
Opening Statement...
"We were close, but not close enough. I thought our team played with really good purpose. Kyle Fuller did not have his best game in terms of shooting and that hurt us. We don't have a lot of margin for error for a guy to be off or have a bad night. Never the less, our kids really competed and Damian Jones did a good job. Shelby Moats came off the bench and gave us a huge lift in the second half. Missouri is a very difficult team to guard, and they did some really nice things against zones. We were trying to play some zone, and keep our guys a little fresher. They (Missouri) have some really good shooters and they do some smart things in their zone attack. They got us on a few of them. We have to give them credit because they did what they had to do to win the game."

On Missouri's adjustments in the second half...
"I thought Missouri made some adjustments in the second half. They went to a different attack against our zone. The big one they got us on was when they ball screened the zone."

On tonight's low score after the first half...
"I didn't expect such a low score in the first half. I also didn't expect us to hold them to 20 points. I've seen us get 21 points before. That's not uncommon, but to hold them (Missouri) to 20 was more of a surprise to me."

On stopping Missouri's Jabari Brown...
"I just don't think it was his night. He never got into a flow. Whether we had something to do with that defensively or not I don't know. So, it had to do more with him than with us. He got us in the first game and we did a better job on (Jordan) Clarkson and (Earnest) Ross in the first game. Those two played better tonight. That is why they are so difficult because they have some margin of error with three high scoring guys."

Vanderbilt Center Damian Jones
On slowing the tempo of the game down...
"Yes, we knew they were a transition team off of misses and makes. We knew that we had to get back and stop them on defense."

On slowing down Missouri's Jabari Brown...
"We were trying to get him off the ball. He is doing really well right now. We were trying to contest his shots better than other Tigers players and just get out there on defense."

On the fight of the Vanderbilt squad and their refuse to quit attitude...
"We can beat it hard. They went on a great run and they knocked down great shots. We couldn't contest their shooters if they're wide open, and that really hurt us in the end."

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith
Opening Statement...
"Obviously it was a hard fought game. It wasn't the prettiest of games, and we lost some focus there. We saw some plays we haven't seen in a while in terms of offensive execution, and lost some focus in terms of missing free throws. That's part of it, but that happens sometimes. I'm happy with how we finished out and ultimately got the win. Winning is hard, and I'm proud of the three freshmen and they all gave something tonight."

On the play of the Tigers freshmen...
"Scoring is important, but I am proud of the way they scrapped tonight. Torren (Jones) had three steals, at the end and Jonathan (Williams, III) affected a lot of shots with three blocks. That's great production out of both of those guys. Wes (Clark) is a tough kid. I think he battles. All those guys are getting better and better."

On what the mentality was at halftime after only scoring 20 points...
"We didn't panic. It's conference play, and it's going to happen. Just look across the country there and there are other scores like that too. We just missed some shots. I also think that we weren't ourselves in terms of taking good shots. I think we had some plays where we weren't sharing as well as we had been."

On Missouri's past three wins...
"We've been in three tight ball games, so nothing is guaranteed for us. We shouldn't be surprised when this happens. We've seen everything. We've played three different styles. We played Arkansas and we had to adjust on how we played against them. Tennessee is a throw it in the post and bang you around type of team. Tonight we played Vanderbilt who is a very deliberate team. They do a lot of screening action, then they do screen on screen action. A couple of times our freshmen got lost, but they adjusted well and I'm proud that against three different styles we came away with three wins."

Missouri Junior Guard Jordan Clarkson
On why the team struggled offensively in the first half...
"We weren't making shots. Vanderbilt did a good job on defense, but you know we just have to make shots. I think it was just one of those focus things that Coach (Haith) was talking about to us."

On defending a team like Vanderbilt that utilizes the shot clock...
"Yeah, I think it's tough just because they're running a lot of clock and making us play defense for a long possession. We just have to stay focused and locked in on defense and not have any lapses when it gets down to five or ten seconds. We can't foul and give them another opportunity to put up a fresh 35-second shot clock."

On what was said at halftime in the locker room...
"Really, it was just do what we do. Push the ball, make shots, and just not lose their shooters like we did in the first half. They had some easy looks and we had some defensive let downs, but I think we tightened up our defense some in the second half and finished the game well."

Missouri Freshman Guard Wes Clark
On his personal effort off the bench tonight for the Tigers...
"I just played with confidence from our leaders like Jabari (Brown) Jordan (Clarkson) and Earnest (Ross). They keep me ready to go, so I just stepped in with confidence and made shots when the opportunity came up."

On how his confidence has risen throughout the season...
"It has just came better throughout the season. In the beginning of the season, I was having a few struggles, but they (the coaching staff) just kept me focused. They kept me going and kept encouraging me, and I just took on the challenge."

On making big free throws at the end of the game...
"I was just trying to make the most out of it. I knew I had to make some, which I should have made the other ones as well, but I just went to the line with confidence."


 

 

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