Postgame quotes following Tech’s win over Chattanooga

PAUL HEWITT

On Shumpert’s performance:

“I thought Iman did a good job of bringing us home tonight, especially when they got it to 39-37, I thought he settled us down, made some pretty good plays, made some free throws and of course Glen shot the ball very well.”

On if Tech played down to Chattanooga’s level:

“In the first half, we missed some makeable shots. They were 0-for-10 for the first 10 threes; there were some long rebounds we didn’t convert. They were hustling. They were getting back. I won’t put it on that. I would hope we’re more mature than that at this point in the season.”

On giving Lance Storrs his first start of the season:

“He practiced well….I put Nate (Hicks) and Lance on the gold team with starters. Nate played well, but he didn’t breath well. He got winded very quickly, so I got him out of there. By the end of the game, he couldn’t breathe at all… He’s got some sort of congestion going on

On attendance being down:

“All we can do is what we do, practice and play. Obviously you want people to support you but all we can do is what we can do.”

IMAN SHUMPERT:

On attendance being down:

“Just need to win games.”

On the lift he gave Tech down the stretch:

“We weren’t doing the little things. We weren’t clearing the rebounds. We were just trying to get guys to contest and contest guys high. It was about leading by example. I figured if they saw me getting after it, making some hustle plays and getting more rebounds then everybody would get more into it. I felt we were flat. I was just trying to bring some energy.”

GLEN RICE JR:

On his offensive game vs. Va Tech game:

“I felt like I took better shots this game. That enabled me to make more of them. I tried not to take any forced shots, but let Iman and other teammates drive and then kick it out for the inside-out three, better percentage.”

On breaking the losing streak:

“It’s always feels good to get a win. We know we could have played better. We made a couple simple mistakes, but a win is a win. And it feels good.”

And compliments of the GT Sports Information staff, here are Hewitt’s post-game comments from the radio:

PAUL HEWITT TAKE II

Thoughts on the game…

“I was really happy with how Iman Shumpert led us home. He was the guy who -when we did get a little unsettled–did a nice job of bringing us home. Although Glen [Rice, Jr.] put up 27 points I think he was a little careless with the ball, but I thought Iman did a really nice job of leading us to victory.”

On the game not being a pretty one…

“We still have to rebound the basketball better. Daniel Miller had five rebounds today and I know he is capable of doing better than that. At one time he had a baseline drive and instead of going strong to the rim he double clutched. He is a really good athlete, and I know his legs are a little tired right now, but earlier in the year he would have gone up and dunked that. He has to continue to have confidence in himself that he can go up and do those things.”

On if it’s okay that Iman Shumpert and Glen Rice Jr. take 31 of the team’s 50 shots in the game…

“Yes, especially when you get seven out of 14 from Iman and eight out of 17 from Glenn, I mean we will take that. We have to get more contributions from other guys though. It doesn’t necessarily mean throwing the ball up on offense. We have to do a better job of getting to the offensive boards. We only had seven offensive rebounds tonight.”

On Glen Rice’s long three-point shot in the first half…

“I guess he takes after his dad. He can make them from deep. He hit 3-of-8 from the three-point line, so we will obviously take that and 8-of-10 from the foul line so he had a nice night shooting the basketball.”

On how to handle preparing for Duke on Sunday night…

“They really aren’t very complicated. They are talented and they are shooting the ball very well, but I think the number one thing is to defend the three-point line and build your game plan from there.”

36 comments Add your comment

Biff Pocoroba

February 16th, 2011
11:17 pm

The team looked awful and Chattanooga looked worse. UTC ran the Paul Hewitt offense and took one pass and forced a long 3 pointer. There were no students there tonight and the Tech president was there noticing the empty seats. UTC had about 300 fans and Tech had about 2000. Fortunately “Coach” only has 2 more home games before he is sent packing.

Paul in RDU

February 16th, 2011
11:17 pm

Nice to see them win one and the players are still playing hard. It’s not going to be pretty in Cameron this weekend though – GT doesn’t have anyone who can handle Smith off the dribble.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 16th, 2011
11:24 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 16th, 2011
11:25 pm

Biff, how can you spend 2 hours of your life watching that?

Shocked, I’m shocked that it was an ugly game.

Duke is up on us by 30 going into half time.

Biff Pocoroba

February 16th, 2011
11:41 pm

I had free tickets and went to yell at Hewitt and ask him to resign. There were less than 50 students there tonight and maybe 5 in the Swarm.

Maryland Jacket

February 16th, 2011
11:48 pm

My thoughts from the game…

You know things are off when Buzz arrives to the game late. He did make up for it though. Selfishly, I’m glad that there were few students in the student section, since that meant that people in the band got thrown T-Shirts. Overall, I’m glad that we won, but I’m worried for dook. We may be close at halftime (say, within ten), but I have a feeling we won’t win that one.

That being said, we did beat unc earlier this season…

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CC

February 17th, 2011
12:25 am

No quality win here. No praises due. An ACC team should be winning these by 25 — even with bench play.

jdl2

February 17th, 2011
6:25 am

wow. 39-37 after 31 minutes of the game. against Chattanooga. big win Paul. haven’t won a road game in a year. is this what Tech basketball has become? and the coach says “All we can do is what we do, practice and play. Obviously you want people to support you but all we can do is what we can do.” really? barely beating UTC is “all we can do”? Well past time for new leadership at the dome Dan.

Little Girl

February 17th, 2011
6:41 am

louisville slugger

February 17th, 2011
7:12 am

On attendance being down: I feel bad for the players, but this is what has to happen to effect a coaching change. Nothing else will work. Just hope DRad gets the message.

Techman78

February 17th, 2011
8:15 am

“They really aren’t very complicated. They are talented and they are shooting the ball very well, but I think the number one thing is to defend the 3 point line and build your game plan from there.”

Really? CPH, really? DUH!! They are talented and they are shooting the ball very well. You idiot! you think us Tech fans didnt know that already? You know what else, they are very well coached! Very disciplined and did I mention they are very well coached! CPH is a sad, sad excuse for a college basketball coach. He is a sad excuse for a high school coach. C’mon man, we just fought tooth and nail to beat a .500 team from the southern conference…what a joke. What is even more disturbing is the fact that CPH actually feels like he accomplished something last night. I feel so bad for the players, there is a lot of talent on this team. If they only had someone on the sideline to give them some leadership.

It is a sad day to be a Tech basketball fan…we have had such a rich basketball tradition since the mid 80’s to see it come to this. DRAD,please make a change…

mowreck

February 17th, 2011
8:42 am

I don’t call beating the MOCS breaking any kind of losing. Want to break a 5-game losing streak, do it Sunday against an ACC team. CPH would have been fired at the end of the week if you HADN’T beaten the MOCS.

mowreck

February 17th, 2011
8:43 am

losing streak.

Gordon

February 17th, 2011
8:49 am

Biff @ 11:41: If there were only 5 people, can we really call it a Swarm?

If Tech loses to UVA and Miami, those 1500 of us that were there will be able to say we saw the last win ever at AMC!!

One month until March 16th.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 17th, 2011
8:57 am

I hope he heard you Biff.

Always a Jacket

February 17th, 2011
9:18 am

Who goes to these games? What a waste of time.

Silly Reporters...

February 17th, 2011
9:27 am

Did someone really ask Shumpert if Tech played down to UTC’s level??? hahahahaha. I would be more inclined to ask if the Mocs played down to Tech’s level. Seriously.

Techman78

February 17th, 2011
9:34 am

For the Mocs, that loss us is really gonna hurt their RPI…

GT Dude

February 17th, 2011
9:55 am

Gordon,
I believe that you will indeed be one of the 1500 that saw the last win the old Thriller Dome. Hewitt has lost the alumni, lost the students, lost the media, lost the faculty, and I think he has even lost the players. He only needs to lose his job NOW!

Techman78

February 17th, 2011
9:59 am

@GT Dude Amen!!! You said it…

Fire hewitt

February 17th, 2011
10:00 am

What can you say……..win are lose…. as long as Hewitt is around we suck!..Everyone stay home till Pres, Rads and other responsible parties put Hewitt on the road.
Pray for GT’s BB program!
GT’s Baseball #1

buzz on

February 17th, 2011
10:06 am

agree with GT Dude and 78. Make the move on Paul ($$$$) Hewitt. The biggest rip-off in GT history.

eggguy

February 17th, 2011
10:44 am

DRad……do your job, fire Coarch Blewitt now! That’ll give you plenty of time to look for a GOOD replacement. What are you waiting on? For it to get better? Ain’t going to happen. Tech fans that are not grads are finding new teams to support, they’ll NEVER come back!
FIRE BLEWITT NOW, BEAT THE RUSH!!!

JM

February 17th, 2011
11:00 am

congrats on the win. but the stats need to get better to impact the rest of the schedule

GTBob

February 17th, 2011
11:04 am

Well, at least we won. We really didn’t need another embarrassing loss. Maybe we can get one or two more ACC wins and then forget about this season.

Crazy Robert

February 17th, 2011
11:53 am

Just a few more tatoos will turn this team around [sic]

FullMetalJacket

February 17th, 2011
12:17 pm

Gee, Hewitt beat a whole city! Guess we’ll keep him another ten years now. . . . . NOT.

FullMetalJacket

February 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

I’m guessing that about two days after the end of the ACC tourney ol’ DRad will be calling Hewitt into his office for a meeting. If Hewitt leaves that meeting and is still the GT head coach then ol’ Bud needs to calling DRad into his office for a meeting. Surely, by now DRad has seen enough and Hewitt has clearly done enough to make Hewitt’s firing automatic. There is absolutely no justification for not firing for employing Hewitt further. Even the financial argument for keeping him is moot at this point, given the empty seats and declining season ticket renewals.

Tech'84

February 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

I would bet that DRad fires Hewitt after Tech’s exit from the ACC Tournament (which will come a lot sooner than the tournament’s end). DRad will go through the motions of sitting down with CPH to assess the season and the program and will handle it professionally. I think Hewitt may actually handle his dismissal tactfully–he’s certainly had several years to prepare for it–but then again he may blow up at the media and fans again. In this age of unemployment and tough finances, the Hewitt family will have to get by on their tiny $7+ Million buyout until he suckers in another school.

Tech'84

February 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

Go away, Hewitt. Just go very, very far away. You have forfeited any good will you earned in your first several years by draining the Program and the Institute of money, prestige, talent, and any prospects for basketball success in the immediate future. I was among your most avid supporters until you began making excuses and putting the BCA and your own greed above your team and the Institute. So now, just go away. Take your millions and disappear. You will not be missed.

FullMetalJacket

February 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

Cold, but true. By next year at this time, we may be fighting for a spot in the NIT, but at least there will be HOPE, POTENTIAL, ENTHUSIASM, and POSITIVE GROWTH.

SeparatedAtBirth

February 17th, 2011
12:40 pm

Has anyone ever seen Paul Hewitt and Rocky Raccoon in the same room together?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 17th, 2011
9:31 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt.

Nuff said.

Born2Buzz

February 18th, 2011
10:55 am

I’m going to paint the picture from DRad’s perspective.
2 years ago we had 2 more years of the Chan Gailey payoff left and Hewitt had signed a recruiting class that was in the top 5 nationally, with Derrick Favors the #1 recruit. It would be nice to dump Hewitt but it didn’t make sense financially or program wise with the recruits.
Last season the team underachieved during the regular season but still played in the Finals of the ACC Tourney and made the 2nd round of the NCAA’s. Not an A but not an F, so you couldn’t dump him based on the end results. One more year of the Gailey payoff. We hoped and prayed that St. Johns would take Hewitt away, but it was not to be. Let’s put on a good face and support the guy for the next year and hope for the best.
This season, total disaster. Losses to Ken St, Charlotte, etc. No more Gailey payoff. It’s done. The move will be made 3/14/11.

As much as Hewitt is getting blasted, and for good reason performance wise, he has never done anything off the court to embarrass the Institute. We all wanted our coach to be a success, it just hasn’t happened. And nobody can blame him for signing the contract that was put in front of him. Let’s let him ride off into the sunset without the hatred. Leave the hatred to the idiots from Alabama.

Crazy Robert

February 18th, 2011
11:44 am

Sounds reasonable to me! Only one thing to add to it, even with Gailey and Hewitt in tow, it is always a comfort to know UGA fans are the folks with the REAL problem.