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Vanderbilt-Appalachian State Quotes

Nov. 27, 2010

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Vanderbilt vs Appalachian State
November 27, 2010
Memorial Gymnasium

Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings

Opening statement...
“I didn’t expect that to be an easy game. We wore them down as the game went along. We kept our bench in and kept our guys going. We got some good productivity from our bench, particularly Lance [Goulbourne]. Lance was outstanding, Festus [Ezeli] was dominant inside, and John [Jenkins] was all that we could have hoped for today.”

On Vanderbilt Forward Andre Walker:
“Despite [Appalachian State Guard Donald Sims] having 27 points, I thought Andre did an exceptional job. That was his best game of the year for us. I thought he was locked in, focused, and did a great job.”

“He was on offensively and defensively. He’s a hard guy to take out of the lineup because he’s one of our best defenders, one of our best passers, [and] one of our smartest guys.”

On Vanderbilt Center Festus Ezeli:
“Festus is getting more confident. He had a physical advantage and we thought we could exploit that.”

On Vanderbilt Forward Lance Goulbourne:
“Lance is an excellent rebounder… Lance is really a valuable player to us right now. He’s giving us great minutes. As long as he keeps playing hard and rebounding the way he is, he’ll continue to help us a lot.”

“It’s the way he practices… Part of it is confidence. Some of it is the way he plays in practice… He’s on a good roll right now.”

On Appalachian State Guard Donald Sims:
“I thought our pressure – our help and our team approach to defense – guarded him well. He’s a tough player… We were trying to take away his left hand and force him to do things to the right.”

Vanderbilt player quotes

Vanderbilt Forward Lance Goulbourne

On Having More Energy:

“Coach has been challenging me to be the best rebounder in the league. I have the athleticism, strength, and height to get to the glass and be more aggressive. I am happy with myself.”

On Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings’ Comment About Working Harder in Practice:
“I internalized what I can do. In the off-season, I worked on getting better. I identified what I am not good at and worked on strengthening my athleticism and doing my best.”

Vanderbilt Center Festus Ezeli

On His Play Tonight:
“I try to play more aggressive and do more on offense - go to the rim like Coach has been teaching me.”

On More Consistent Performance this Season:
“I did a lot of hard work over the summer and in the off-season… Also, [being a starter] this year, I feel like they depend on me more. That gives me more confidence too.”

Vanderbilt Guard John Jenkins

On Festus Ezeli’s Influence:
“Things are definitely loosening up with Festus doing more. It definitely helps not just me; it brings the whole team up.”

On the Scoring Draught at the Beginning of the Second Half:
“They had a box and one on me. Coach always says to be patient on offense… Then, it eased up and I was able to score. I take it how I can get it."



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