Quotes following Georgia Tech’s win against Virginia Tech

Here’s a transcript of the quotes following Georgia Tech’s 72-57 win against Virginia Tech on Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum:

Head Coach Paul Hewitt opening statement

The second half was probably as good of a team effort that we have had all year. Certainly, Iman [Shumpert] and Brian [Oliver] were outstanding but I thought we were taking care of the basketball and tightening things up offensively. I wanted to make sure that we were taking care of [Malcolm] Delaney and the guys going for three. They probably spread out a little too much and were beat off of the dribble, giving up some easy baskets in the first half. In the second half, we went back to playing some pretty good defense and Iman and Brian were tremendous.

Hewitt on playing defense at home

The energy that you get really helps. Our student section these last three home games has been really good. At the same time, we talked the other day, Virginia made seven three’s in the first half in Charlottesville and four of them were pretty well contested. The others were wide open and maybe that gets them going a little bit. We have had some good performances on the road but we didn’t pay attention to all of the details. That happened in the first half today, in the second half, the guys tightened up and made the proper adjustments of who to play off of and again when you have [Iman] getting seven steals and who knows how many deflections that also does a lot for your defense.

We have been talking about being more away when you are off the ball. We have a tendency to lock in on the ball and sometimes it provides steals but sometimes we get caught ball watching so much that we give up some outside shots and open threes. In the second half I thought we did a much better job of recognizing when our man was off the ball and recognizing who the shooters were when they were off the ball.

Brian Oliver on his performance

Honestly, I am not sure of what the difference is between tonight and a week ago. There have been some mechanical things that were wrong with my shot and a lot of it is mental. You cant get down on yourself. You say to yourself keep taking good shots, but you have to make sure that, as a shooter, you are always thinking that the next shot is going in. I just cleared my mind, went out there and went back to fundamentals tonight.

Iman Shumpert on holding Delaney to 8 points

I think I just got a lot of help. I got a lot of screens and was bouncing off screens left and right but I just forced him to catch it far off of the three-point line, even though that is in his range and make him take uncomfortable shots. I think we played him tough and when I needed help I got it. We played him hard at the basket and we went up there and contested every shot

Shumpert on his triple-double

I didn’t know I was close to it but I thought I had a lot of rebounds. In the middle of the game Coach LaBarrie came over to me and said that a triple-double isn’t as good if we don’t win, and that was when I knew that I had one. I tried to do whatever we have to do to win. It feels good though, I am all smiles tonight.

Shumpert on his night

I didn’t think that I had a hot night. That was all [Brian]. I couldn’t hit a three. All of my shots were around the basket and you don’t have to be hot for that you just have to be smart and keep attacking. Brian was just hitting everything.

Virginia Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg

“I think the game came down to a couple things. We talked before the game about being smart and poised, and down the stretch we were neither, plain and simple. We got caught up in the fray and didn’t play with a sense of purpose. You have to give them [Georgia Tech] a lot of credit. They did a good job of getting [Brian] Oliver in the middle of the zone and we didn’t do a good job of guarding the side ball screen. We over-helped and it came down to a couple of threes. We couldn’t come up with the stops or the rebounds when we needed to and then we made three consecutive turnovers in critical stages of the game. I just didn’t think we had the resolve in terms of remaining focused about the game and not all of the stuff surrounding it. We have to get better.”

“They [Georgia Tech] played hard and did a good job contesting the shots. We didn’t make shots tonight. When we needed to really execute we didn’t. We had some foul trouble and had to use a timeout or two plus the stoppages with all of the things that were happening on the court. Again, it really comes down to two words: smart and poised.”

On whether the double technicals and stoppages affected the team

“That’s not something tangible. Obviously they handled the situation better than we did. And they played better down the stretch than we did.”

On being surprised at how the team played after the win at Maryland

“We got caught up in all the b.s. rather than doing the things we needed to do to win tonight. That was addressed prior to the start of the game. That’s why this is even more disappointing.”

On the play of Iman Shumpert

“He’s just a really good player. He’s got size and is a great defender. He is a good finisher in the lane. You have to give Oliver credit as well. Shumpert did a good job of kicking the ball out and he made those three’s against the zone.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

22 comments Add your comment

Maryland Jacket

January 26th, 2011
12:23 am

Maryland Jacket

January 26th, 2011
12:26 am


Anyways, that was a really great game to attend! It looked like Iman gave a great effort today, and was able to rebound from getting fouled hard. Brian Oliver had a tremendous game, and et cetera. Honestly, it was nice to see that we could win big over another plus-.500 team in the ACC. Maybe we have a shot. We’ll know more after maryland.

Eagle Eyrie

January 26th, 2011
12:32 am

That was a fun game to watch.


January 26th, 2011
12:37 am

“after posting the first triple-double in ACC play in Tech history”

This is not surprising considering GT’s performances under Paul Blewitt, but it IS surprising that this is the first triple-double (in ACC play) in Tech history!?! Congrats to the team on a great victory and to Shumpert himself.

The Reality is still that the “Thriller Dome” was relatively empty tonight and this is the most direct way for GT fans and alumni to continue making a defiant statement:: Coach Hewitt needs to go. Period.


January 26th, 2011
1:26 am

I’ve been quite critical of Schumpert in the past, but I’ve never doubted his talent. I thought he would never learn or be coached to play under control. Go Schump, prove me wrong.

D A DoubleU G

January 26th, 2011
8:06 am

Guess that lifetime contract for Hewitt doesn’t look so dumb after all!!!

Tech is back baby!!!!!


January 26th, 2011
8:21 am

D A DoubleU G step away from the —–/// TECH is BACK?????? are you crazy????? this is still the same team that lost to oh just forget it, you either have only watched Tech play 3 games in your life or you were just born 1 week ago, 10 years with bellow .500 ACC play with the 3rd most tallented players in ACC, and yes the lifetime contract still is the dumbest thing Tech( BRAINLESS ) has ever done, I will not ever go back until Hewitt is gone………….


January 26th, 2011
8:39 am

CPH needs to GO!!!!!!! The quitedome was less then half full, DRAD are you watching?????? I will go back when CPH is FIRED!!!! Props to the players and a hard fought win!!! IMAN what a game not only a TRIPLE DOUBLE but GREAT defense on Delaney!!!! If Oliver continues to shoot and score like that we have a chance despite CPH to finish above .500 for the season… NO NCAA’s but maybe NIT….. FIRE CPH!!!!!!! FIRE CPH!!!!!!!!!


January 26th, 2011
8:46 am

Well Ben, I guess Shumpert did prove you wrong. He’s been our best and most consistent player on both ends of the floor this year. When he comes out of the game this team really struggles on the offensive end and they don’t play with the same intensity. He’s definitely the team leader. If he plays well, then we usually have a shot to win. If he’s off, then we lose. If Shumpert doesn’t miss almost the entire second half against UGA and Charlotte with cramps, then I believe we would’ve won both of those games.

He should make the 1st team All ACC and could be the ACC defensive player of the year. Too bad this will be his last year here. I just don’t see him coming back for his senior year. I hope I’m wrong.

Great game from Brian Oliver. Nice to see him get his stroke and confidence back. I’ve been waiting for this type of performance since the Syracuse game. It couldn’t have come at a better time, since Rice struggled a little offensively tonight. Keep it up Jackets!


January 26th, 2011
8:47 am

great effort by the players..congrats to the players…GO AZTECS beat BYU


January 26th, 2011
9:09 am

atl fans-worst in the US; makes sense since Tech “fans” are the originals……..most of them don’t make any noise, anyway(except to knock their “own” team repeatedly & redundantly in blogs), & those are the ones that don’t go……..

Mark Gilliam

January 26th, 2011
9:10 am

Good win last night actually heard the game on the radio. Shumpert can and should be the man on this team. He has to play all out like this for the rest of the season-we he is leading Tech is tough. Since Tech is relatively small—they should press 94 ft all game long…throw all your guards on the opposing teams guards and wear them out….Hewitt has enough speed to play an uptempo game every game.

Last night may have been the turning point—let’s hope. Maybe last night was the confidence booster they needed.


January 26th, 2011
9:44 am

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home team

January 26th, 2011
10:00 am

Win on the road and then let’s talk turkey. Until then…..I’m still yawning….Congrats to Iman and Oliver for a well played game. I’m taking nothing away from these kids…but everything away from Hewitt.


January 26th, 2011
10:01 am

We can’t win on the road people. Never have under Hewitt, never will.

This is no turning point. Wasn’t that suppose to be after the UNC and WF blowouts?

Pay attention to GROUND HOG DAY. Nothing is new. It’s all part of our annual Run for the Bubble!!!


January 26th, 2011
10:17 am

I agree with yellar and juvenal.
It’s real easy to be negative.
I could do it too.
I thought we might get stumped by their zone but we managed to pick it apart.
Hewitt of course deserves no credit for that.
I think this team is going to learn to win on the road.
I agree with Mark too but pressing the whole game will wear your team out. They’ll miss the shots from fatigue in the last ten minutes. A press is a good card to keep until you need it.


January 26th, 2011
11:00 am

Greenberg was really lucky Delaney has played four years for him. I was worried he might even score 30 after the game he had against us last year but we played geat D.
Greenberg berates his team because he told them to play with poise and they didn’t.
I wonder how many shots he made in front of a hostile ACC crowd.
He went off the court berating an official but after last year’s poorly called game, I though VT got a game as fairly called as u can get on the road. The charge call on Shumpert, right or wrong, in the 2nd half took some stones.


January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

Wow that win is greatly appreciated!!! Go Shump and Oliver. They looked liked a real ACC team who can beat the best. We knew all along Tech has good players and at times play outsatnding but PCH needs to go. I agree there were too many empty seats in the place. No other school has less fans than TECH. Get a new coach and I will be back!!!!

Phil Timp

January 26th, 2011
12:42 pm

Hokie fan here; Erick Green doesn’t miss many of the shots he missed tonight; that hurt Tech’s chances late in the game; stifling D by Shumpert on our man Delaney; kudos to Oliver hitting the big shots; and then there’s the Georgia Tech crowd?? What a disappointment, especially when your team wins at home! The TV camera shots when players were shooting foul shots was appalling – a couple VT fans, three or four GT fans in the background … and that’s it??


January 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

Phil Timp, once upon a time, not long ago. GT Basketball was the hardest ticket in town.

What is appalling is our BB “Coach” making 1.3 million a year with a 7 million buyout for 1 ACC wining season in 10+ years.

William Casey

January 27th, 2011
1:32 am

@Jackets 201-11: I’m not a big Paul Hewitt fan, but one must give him credit for having his team properly prepared to attack the VT zone. Give Brian Oliver props for hitting shots, but I’m betting that he got those shots because the Jackets worked on it in practice. That’s coaching.

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