Men's Basketball
Vanderbilt-Florida postgame quotes

March 6, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
On Florida...
"They started making a few shots and we didn't guard the ball. They got us a little bit in a different action that they were running and turned the corner on us and collapsed us. They kicked it out and made some shots and we didn't pick it up in the transition once."

On Vanderbilt's play...
"We miscommunicated. Once you start letting them take shots from the perimeter, you're done and we did a pretty good job up until that point. We probably, at some point, just got frustrated with our own inability to make a shot. Eventually, that impacts your defense. You just can't sit there and throw shots up all night.

"The first half we would hold them to two points in a four minute segment and lose ground because we didn't score at all. It's just frustrating to have that happen. They are the best team in the league and certainly we congratulate them on their championship. They are very deserving."

On Patric Young...
"We made it too easy for him. We just stood behind him to start the game. That was one of the more disappointing things of the night. We just didn't fight him for position and it's pretty irritating."

Kedren Johnson, Vanderbilt Sophomore Guard
On Florida's performance...
"(Florida) did a good job getting to our shooters and contesting our shots but we also had trouble making open shots as well."

On their next game...
"We have a quick turnaround so we will just go back tomorrow, go back to practice, and go back to the drawing boards; just keep playing team ball and try to knock some shots (down) Saturday. It's a big game against South Carolina."

On Vanderbilt's performance...
"We did a good job defending until about the eight minute mark in the second half. Once we got frustrated from not hitting shots it translated to the defensive end."

Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
On Florida's play...
"I was happy our guys could (win the SEC outright). One of the things that happens because of unbalanced schedules, conference expansion and the attention on March Madness and Selection Sunday, is a lot of people don't view conference championships as a great accomplishment. The people that go through a nine-week schedule with no time off and have to come to practice every day and prepare for every game - deal with the ups and downs, highs and lows, injuries and set-backs - it is an incredible accomplishment for our team considering the things that we have overcome. I was very happy that they could celebrate and share it toch a conference championship outright, and you walk off the court with an opportunity to cut down nets."gether. To be able to do that on our home court for Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, and Mike Rosario. A lot of times on senior night it doesn't quite end like that - you go undefeated at home your senior year, you clin

On what they need to improve on...
"There will be plenty of time tomorrow to get better on areas that we need to work on. When you do this, these moments are never easy. It's a grind and it can be ugly and frustrating. It's about persevering, being resilient, and fighting and that's what we did."

Kenny Boynton, Florida Senior Guard
On the senior class winning two SEC titles...
"We set a goal from day one. We tried to make a change and I think we've done a good job making a change. We've got to keep it going - even the next classes - they've got to keep it going."

On what he's learned about himself...
"Resiliency - to keep fighting. Whether things are going good or bad, keep fighting and try to provide energy on the defensive end. The wins will come."

On cutting down the nets...
"It felt good. The crowd was loud and it definitely felt good. I definitely want that feeling again. In order to get that feeling, we've got to keep winning."

Erik Murphy, Florida Senior Forward
On whether there is a better way to finish the season...
"I can't think of one. At home? No. I can't think of one. We've still got games to play, but no."

On Senior Day...
"I tried to hold it together. I knew I was going to cry at some point. I don't think I cried when we got introduced. I held together for that. I was just trying to stay focused on the game. If we lost, that would really suck. As soon as (the seniors) came out of the game and sat down on the bench, that's when it hit me; it's a special feeling."

On cutting the nets down...
"It was up to Coach (Donovan) and he asked us. He came up to us and said, `Do you guys want to?' Of course we want to. That was something special in itself. I haven't done that yet in my college career. It was a great feeling."


 

 

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