Quotes after Tech’s loss to Maryland

Quotes following Georgia Tech’s 74-62 loss to Maryland on Sunday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, courtesy of the sports information department:

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt

On Jordan Williams

“He established himself early in the game with all of those offensive rebounds and put backs and put us on our heels. He establishes a presence around the basket that we just didn’t have an answer for.”

On the team’s effort

“I thought the effort was good, but Maryland scored 48 points in the paint and that is what they do. We talked about guarding them off the dribble and not allowing easy baskets around the bucket and in the first half they had 13 field goals and I think every one of them was right at the rim. I look at effort in a couple different ways. Of course there is the physical effort, but then there is the mental effort and gritting your teeth and thinking, `Ok they want to score at the rim, let’s make them do something else’. Forty-eight points in the paint makes it tough to win a basketball game.”

On missing Nate Hicks and Brian Oliver

“Having Nate [Hicks] might have helped, but I thought that we had enough to win this game. I really did. I was very confident because of how we were playing and attacking our assignments over the last few games. But give Maryland credit because it is one thing to talk about mistakes that you make, but the other team has to take advantage of it.”

On Glen Rice, Jr.

“Our guys are playing hard. The effort is great and Glen did give us a great effort with 12 rebounds. There are just some thing that we are capable of doing better. Eighteen turnovers for us, 48 points in the paint for them. There are some things that we can do better.”

Freshman Center Daniel Miller on Jordan Williams

“I just wasn’t prepared tonight. He is a big, good player and I came out and didn’t do my assignment which was to front him and keep him off the boards. I just have to focus and be ready all the time now. There are lots of players like him out there.”

Iman Shumpert on the Maryland defense

“I think there defense is the same as we have been seeing but we just didn’t take our time and run our stuff. We rushed a lot of shots. We just weren’t ourselves tonight.”

Maryland coach Gary Williams

Opening Statement

“To Georgia Tech’s credit, when we jumped out to that lead, they kept after us in the first half and had it at a two-point game at halftime and then we took it out again and they were able to bring it back. There’s a lot of credit to Georgia Tech; their press was very good. We stood around, and we should know better than most teams what happens when you stand around against pressure defense. That’s why pressure defense is great. You know that old saying, never press a pressing team? Well that’s not always true. Sometimes when you press a pressing team they give it up just like everybody else. We finally were ok, we got aggressive against it, and our two freshmen point guards hit some big free throws so it was great to see. Jordan Williams, it was a pretty typical game for him up until the last game that we played in terms of his effort out there. He’s got a big top side, and we are working with him to clean things up a little bit. He was tremendous; he was a force on the glass and really helped us. Sean Mosley probably played his best game in a while for us. He was tough at both ends of the court.”

“Georgia Tech is funny. I looked at their stats before we played them. Against some really good teams that are good rebounding teams, they were able to be there, maybe they didn’t outrebound them but they were only outrebounded by two or three. I knew they were a better rebounding team than people thought because they lost some big guys from last year. They are really tough on the glass; they fight for every rebound. We really had to jack it up in the second half to match their intensity and when we did, we were able to get some stuff in transition and that was basically how we pulled it out in the second half.”

On if he was surprised on how easily his team was able to get inside the lane at times

“They hurt us in the first half coming out of half court so we just did a couple of different there in the second half, really just to see if we could back their guards down. We got an extra benefit of being able to take the ball to the basket there in a key stretch of the game. That’s what it was for, to try to take the pressure because we were having trouble running our plays because we weren’t making them back off from us. They did a great job with their guards.”

On matching Tech’s intensity at home

“I think we have to. We are not a team that can depend on style points to win games. We have to bring intensity and that is how we try to play, and our pressure defense helps us with that, just like it helps Georgia Tech. It’s hard not to be intense and press some of the time. That is important. Every team every year has to play a certain way, and that has to be us this year. We have to play with a great deal of intensity.”

On how tough it is to win on the road in conference play

“Clark Kellogg was into today about how hard it is to win on the road in any conference, and a lot of that is true. Fans are usually much more demonstrative in conference games because they know the other team better than some team that comes in and plays one time. For us, we have always stressed to play like you play at home. Some teams I think back off a little bit, might not press if they are a pressing team when they go on the road and things like that. We just try to play the way we know how to play and hopefully that is good enough.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

22 comments Add your comment


January 30th, 2011
11:25 pm

Biff Pocoroba

January 30th, 2011
11:28 pm

Hewitt keeps saying that people should come out and support this team. If he truly believed that, he would resign. I’ll never go to another game as long as he is there after he blamed the fa

Fire Paul Hewitt

January 30th, 2011
11:31 pm

Sounds like Gary Williams made some adjustments in the 2nd half. Sounds like Hewitt…well, what does he do again?

Biff Pocoroba

January 30th, 2011
11:31 pm

after he blamed the fans for his poor job of coaching Favors and Lawal last year in his stupid tweets. He should have been wearing clown shoes instead of tennis shoes with his pretty suit tonight. Maybe one day he will recruit some basketball players instead of street ballers who want to start fights when they are getting drilled at the end of a game.


January 30th, 2011
11:38 pm

I was at this game. Maryland scored at will on us, every inbound we made was a hold your breath adventure. Tech was on the wrong side of a string of bad possession calls by the refs but that is still no excuse. I liked Daniel Miller’s intensity as he seemed like the only one infused with a spark late in the game (blocks, diving for shots etc.)
Tech is very mercurial this season and you never know which team will show up. Here’s hoping Tech can channel their inner UNC and Wake Forest beaters instead of the Kennesaw State/Charlotte underachievers.

Fire Paul

January 30th, 2011
11:46 pm

It was good that we lost this one. If we made a little run and somehow snuck into the NIT, Paul would be able to steal another $50,000 from Tech due to his awful contract. It is best for him just to lose out now. Being at the bottom of the ACC in graduation rates again last year could possibly land us on probation and cost us scholarships once again next year. This time DRad would hopefully be smart enough to use this to get out of the contract without suffering the buyout since we don’t have another Favors coming in next year.

Buzz off

January 31st, 2011
12:05 am

just more of the same crap from hewitt. If Rads thinks hewitts so great then Rads needs to be fire too. hewitt is killing the program.


January 31st, 2011
5:55 am

Doug mentioned Shump as POY in the ACC and then he stinks up the gym like when a certain QB thought that he should be a Heisman candidate.


January 31st, 2011
8:17 am

Since what I’m going to say will be ridiculed, I’m going to go on the offensive. If I buy season tickets to football, can I count on the people around me not selling their tickets to the arch-rival game to Uga fans? No I can’t. Not even in 2009 at the 20 yard line in the West did I have folks around me who wanted to see the big game over getting a lousy $150 a ticket.
I get you’re mad at Hewitt obviously.
Many of u are in denial of how ugly you got to Cremins to burn him out.
Well Paul Johnson missed the opening to beat Uga three in a row.
When does Georgia Tech have two first rounders, a third rounder (Packers moved up to get Burnett) and a fifth rounder hurt by his time and rumors in the same year? Never.
With any defense, who do we lose too in 2009. Certainly not Uga.
Well I want a coach who when Uga beats us 7 in a row, wants to beat them back that many.
That isn’t Johnson.
He is more concerned with getting the ACC championship on his resume that whipping Uga when they have sub-par teams.
I know no one agrees with me but I see a lot more to like in this basketball team’s efforts than the 2010 football Jackets.
Without Hicks, Maryland was going to try to get Miller and Holsey in foul trouble.
I’ll be surprised if Shumpert wasn’t hampered by the flu.
He looked dehydrated.
But it’s under the bus for him if we lose.
Yea you’re all just the greatest fans.
Now here’s your chance to make insults.
That’s what you are best at.


January 31st, 2011
9:22 am

jacket2010-11, Agree with your right to your opinion but don’t agree with a word you said.” Fire Hewitt.”


January 31st, 2011
9:54 am

I was there. This was the most full AMC has been this year of GT fans (UNC game had more in attendance but they were all wearing blue) and what did I see? An apparently sick Brian Oliver joking around on the sidelines, people flying in under the bucket for rebounds instead of boxing out, and peoble dribbling the ball with their heads where the sun doesn’t shine. The team looked completely unprepared to play MD. Maybe they get nervous when so many people are watching which would explain the road losses too.


January 31st, 2011
10:12 am

like i said, 10-11, ones that don’t go didn’t make any noise when they did, prefer griping on blogs….


January 31st, 2011
10:32 am

Lets go get SAM Mitchell of the New Jersey Nets. Hes a Georgia guy and Derrick Favors says hes a great coach.


January 31st, 2011
11:35 am

Jackets2011…if “no one agreed with me”. I’d look in the mirror for a while.
AND, once again, you are totally wrong.

Another famous quote from Phewitt:

“There are some things that we can do better.”



January 31st, 2011
11:52 am



Dan J

January 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

And in the end, Paul Hewitt will be our coach next year and the next year and the next year…Hey DRad, you see what’s going on in Egypt?


January 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

I’m giving up blogging because it’s tiring to repeat for the LAST 5 YEARS the same stuff about Phewitt…he’s a disgrace and GT doesn’t do a darn thing about it. I just don’t care anymore.


January 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

I watched the entire game, and Maryland’s intensity was definently better than Tech’s, especially on offense. They were moving better and faster and taking it to the basket quickly when an opening occurred.


January 31st, 2011
2:27 pm

As a Maryland alum living in Atlanta, let me first say that I am not here to bash Tech so please don’t lump me in with others who jump on these blogs to talk trash and gloat.

There is very little separating Tech and the Terps when it comes to the team that they both put on the floor. They are both young teams with a good mix of talent. Both teams have a player that could easily be a star but who is young, raw and is learning that an ACC schedule is not the same as playing high school ball in Anytown, USA. The real difference is their coaches. Each year Gary Williams seems to be able to get more from his guys than could be expected while Paul Hewitt seems to simply get less out of his team than expected and then recycles the same excuses for doing so.

It’s a shame, really. If you listen to the Maryland faithful, there is hope that this young team will possibly turn into something special in the next year or so. It should be the same for Tech but, instead, you hear nothing from the Tech faithful other than complaints about Paul Hewitt and his coaching or lack thereof. I must say, I completely agree with those who wish to see him shown the door. Hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later.

Fans of the ACC deserve to have Georgia Tech playing at a high level in a tough conference and the Tech faithful certainly deserve better that what they are currently getting.


January 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

Does anyone have easy access to the Tech-Maryland record for, say the past five years?


January 31st, 2011
4:27 pm

Flopsweat – Better yet, here are the results of Tech versus Maryland since Paul Hewitt has been at the helm at Georgia Tech:


UM 93 – TECH 80
UM 62 – TECH 72


UM 92 – TECH 87
UM 85 – TECH 65


UM 84 – TECH 90


UM 71 – TECH 81
UM 64 – TECH 75


UM 79 – TECH 71


UM 86 – TECH 74
UM 87 – TECH 84
UM 82 – TECH 64 (ACC Tourney)


UM 80 – TECH 65


UM 88 – TECH 86


UM 68 – TECH 61
UM 57 – TECH 56


UM 76 – TECH 74
UM 64 – TECH 69 (ACC Tourney)


UM 74 – TECH 63

Paul Hewitt has led Georgia Tech to a 5-13 record against Maryland since taking over as head coach in 2000 and, keep in mind, that 2 of those wins came in the 2003-2004 season when Tech lost in the NCAA Finals. More revealing may be the fact that he has a 1-9 record against the Terps since 2005.

UGA = Yawn

February 1st, 2011
8:23 am

What a bunch of lame-a@# questions you ask Hewitt. Grow some balls and ask him some real ones.