Quotes after Tech’s loss to Virginia

Quotes following Georgia Tech’s 62-56 loss to Virginia on Wednesday, courtesy of the sports information department:

GEORGIA TECH COACH Paul Hewitt

Opening statement

“We got off to a pretty good start. We wanted to establish Daniel early, and we were able to get him a couple of touches. Obviously at 46 or 43, we couldn’t make a shot and just went dry. They made some big shots.”

Were you waiting on the TV timeout at four minutes before calling a time out when Virginia went on that run?

“That was part of it. The other thing was I thought we were coming out and getting some pretty good looks at it. I thought we were getting some good cracks at the basket. I think there was a timeout at 4:05, with 15 seconds on the clock, they switched defenses. Again, we had Jason (Morris) in the corner we just did not knock it down.”

After Mfon Udofia missed the two free throws, what we were you trying to do there?

“At that point, you are trying to make it and get a steal. The original plan is to make the first two or one of the first two, and run a foul line stunt.”

Did it seem like the last three minutes or so, they started settling for a three-point shot?

“They switched to the zone, and we run a set play and tried to get some movement. We got a turnover out of that lob play, and then from there I thought we had got some decent looks. I would have preferred to see us go inside a little more.”

Yesterday, you told us the inside game is where you were trying to go. Was it just the nature of what Virginia was doing?

“Yes, they shrunk the zone pretty tight. Jason (Morris) was 2-4, and shooting the ball well. I always trust Iman (Shumpert) out there with his decisions. Those are the ones I think I can remember taking the three’s.

Only 6-13 from the foul line, if you had made some of those would it have changed the approach to the game late?

“Possibly, making the front end of the one-and-one when it was a 8-point game, could have gotten it to 10. At the same time, we still had a 46-43 lead, with the ball. We had opportunities.”

What did you see out of Daniel (Miller) defensively?

“I think he has his legs back. Early in the year, he did a great job defending the rim and blocking shots. He went into a lull there for a little while, but I think he has got his legs back. He is contesting shots well again.”

You got what you wanted on the boards tonight, but could you just not take advantage of it?

“Yes, that has been the story the last six games, just getting shots to go down for us.”

Speaking about the defense, you guys only had two steals. What do you think caused that?

“They are a very good screening team. The offense they run, they move a blocker, they do a good job laying bodies on people, and chipping you off so you can’t get in those passing lanes.”

FRESHMAN CENTER Daniel Miller

What is it like playing 30 plus minutes in an ACC game?

“Sometimes it is tiring, but it is exciting. But I am enjoying playing a lot and getting this experience. It’s tough sometimes, but at the same time I love it.”

FRESHMAN GUARD Jason Morris

Do you feel yourself getting more confident out there?

“I am feeling more comfortable. I am definitely not satisfied, and not close to being satisfied with where I am at. I feel I am taking small steps in the right direction though.”

VIRGINIA COACH TONY BENNETT

Opening Statement

“Hard-fought win, the guys made enough big shots down the stretch and came up with some rebounds to come away with a good victory for us. I thought we started the game out flat. Defensively, we did not have the kind of ball pressure and the ability to keep people off of the glass and pursue rebounds. We were stretched out. I thought we were at times impatient early and I did not like how the game was going but then we reeled it in I think the last five minutes of the first half and then had a solid second half. Again, you’ve got to make some big shots, you’ve got to make some free throws. Still a little frustrated, we had a nine point lead, and Jontel [Evans] could have run the baseline, he stayed in the spot, we turned it over and then they got two quick buckets. That hurt, but they had enough presence of mind to rally from that and again, hit a big shot, hit some free throws, and come up with some stops.”

On Joe Harris’s late three-pointer

“As a shooter, you cannot, if it is a rhythm shot and a good shot you have to take it unless we have someone else wide open underneath the hoop or the ball slips, but you have to take that. That was at the end of the shot clock and I was glad to see him really step up and knock it down as did Sammy [Zeglinski] and Mu[stapha Farrakhan] late because Joe has had a couple of those shots late in games and either didn’t shoot them or had not hit them and this time he did. Hopefully he grew up right before of our eyes.”

On switching to a zone defense late in the game

“They were running [Iman] Shumpert along the baseline and it looked like Mu[stapha Farakhan] was getting further and further away from him as the game was wearing on and I thought just maybe, maybe, if they are keying on him, and get them maybe to stand and we can just pass him off on that baseline runner stuff, it might be effective. There was 14 or 15 seconds left on the shot clock, I thought we will just see. They are going to draw up a man-to-man play, we haven’t played any zone all year and so we did it. You know what, it was okay, and I think I did it probably six or seven possessions and then pulled it on and off. I think it was effective for us because they certainly missed some shots, but they stood. We worked on it just enough to be okay, nothing great, but I thought it was enough of a change of pace.”

On his team settling for jump shots early in the game

“I thought early, you know Georgia Tech actually had a good game plan against us, they switched off on our ball screens and we got a lot of looks early but they weren’t hitting and we were really staying on that three-point line. I don’t mind it if it is after penetrations into the lane but we really challenged our guys to get it into the lane and either make the play or make the next pass. So the second half I thought that improved a lot with some good tough plays, and a couple of nice plays. The one Assane [Sene] grabbed, there was a little more at the rim in the lane that led to some nice shots out of it.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

51 comments Add your comment

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 23rd, 2011
10:27 pm

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

Georgia Tech only graduates 43% of their football players.

sandysprings jacket

February 23rd, 2011
10:29 pm

Outcoached, outflanked and out of time outs again at the end!

9-1

February 23rd, 2011
10:34 pm

I heard there were 1,000 fans there!!!

Better than your football games…….

A fan

February 23rd, 2011
10:36 pm

I feel bad for mfon tonight and I think he will bounce back. He has bwcome a very steeaky ft shooter. Hes either 2/2 or 0/2. In high school, he was a career 80%+ ft shooter. That was less thathan years ago. The basket is the same height … the stripe is the same distance. I hope with the distractions of this season over, he finds his touch again.

GTdude

February 23rd, 2011
10:38 pm

hahaha…Coach(sic) Paul Johnson taking his anger out on ajc ga tech blog…wats the matter? is your UGA degree worth horse crap in this global economy?

9-1

February 23rd, 2011
10:38 pm

A-fan,

BLAME HEWITT!!!!!!

Eagle Eyrie

February 23rd, 2011
10:45 pm

Have never seen a team play a 2-3 zone on offense like Tech did. They stood around with no movement-either ball or body- except for dribblling the ball and wasted entirely too much clock at the end of the game. It was easy to see how they lost by 15.

Tech Forever

February 23rd, 2011
10:47 pm

Did Hewitt coach a game tonight?

RambleOn84

February 23rd, 2011
10:49 pm

Wow…another loss, and another Hewitt interview where he thought we played pretty well…

Biff Pocoroba

February 23rd, 2011
10:50 pm

Did anyone ask him if there were anymore arguments for him keeping his job? Hewitt quit 3 years ago and now the team has joined him

Dadgum......

February 23rd, 2011
10:54 pm

March 14th can’t get here soon enough. Can it get any worse than this? Actually it can and will. I actually wanted to watch some talent tonight…. so I switched over to American Idol. How sad is that!

No Buzz

February 23rd, 2011
10:59 pm

Its sick..we have become a joke. Players even hide their face on bench. Hate to tell anyone I’m a GT fan. Pray for hewitts release.

sports

February 23rd, 2011
11:04 pm

the techies just flat out suck!

NoCoach Blewitt

February 23rd, 2011
11:32 pm

And not a single F was given that day

HSV Jacket

February 23rd, 2011
11:39 pm

Another ugly loss! Less than 3 weeks until Hewitt’s firing!!

techy7

February 23rd, 2011
11:43 pm

To the person who said mfon udofia will be better next year without all the distractions is clueless. Anybody with a little basketball knowledge knows that he belongs at Ga. State if that better Ga. Southern. He cant handle the ball at all its embarrassing to be a Tech fan now. When he signed to play in the acc, he should have known there were gonna be distractions like (DUKE, UNC MARYLAND ETC……..) Mfon please either quit or transfer you are embarrassing Tech basketball. I watched Udofia in high school many times and when they played Marist he would taunt and try to show up some of the Marist guards like he had no class. carmas a bitch and I guess he forgot he was about to go play in the ACC.

Reality Bites

February 23rd, 2011
11:52 pm

Gone baby gone the love is gone……..gone baby gone the love is gone.

GTBob

February 24th, 2011
12:03 am

I don’t have ESPNU so I couldn’t watch the game. I think I lucked out tonight. Less then three weeks before Decision 2011. Hopefully it’s the right one this year.

A fan

February 24th, 2011
12:09 am

Techy7 … You gotta let the hate go, man. Karma works both ways.

No Tech Fan

February 24th, 2011
12:39 am

The thrill has gone away! Tech sucks at football and basketball. You do have one thing to be thankful for; at least your not Tennessee!

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drew

February 24th, 2011
6:09 am

I’m just hoping this “stretch run” finally gets us to the promised land. I’m starting to get excited here. OK, D-Rad…the ball is in your court…please do NOT let us down. Got fans? Fire him, and they will come.

Clock is ticking

February 24th, 2011
6:39 am

This kinda like New Year’s eve. I feel the excitement building. When is the giant T gonna hit bottom so Hewitt is outta here.

This guy can’t coach a lick. Down 3 with 50 secs left he lets the other team run 33 secs of the clock and hit a wide open 3. Why not foul right away and put pressure on the other team to hit free free throws in a hostile environment (LOL, ok not hostile but at least on the road). This guy needs to go and should go before the final home game if they want an excited crowd to close out AMC.

dawg

February 24th, 2011
7:28 am

Tech has a great coach.Leave him alone!

BYRDDAWG

February 24th, 2011
7:31 am

i’ve watched this team play about 8 games this yr & they don’t handle adversity well… Sometimes you call a timeout & regroup but these guys really don’t seem to have much heart!!! Just sayin….

JacketLady

February 24th, 2011
7:53 am

Na na na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye! CPH you need to do the right thing for all of GT basketball and resign or at least void your contract. You have taken GT from a proud program with a great fan base to a disgrace to say GT basketball plays in the ACC.

Dadgum......

February 24th, 2011
8:05 am

Hewitt has already been told he will not be retained and Drad will make it official on or before March 14th. That is fact.

Shumpert is leaving Tech early according to my source and indications are he will go late 1st round and definitely 2nd at worst. Perfect timing for a new regime on the flats with playing in Gwinett etc. No expectations, no pressure.

Gordon

February 24th, 2011
8:40 am

Dadgum, your sources about Hewitt may be correct, but your sources about where Shumpert goes in the draft are not.

NovaJacket

February 24th, 2011
8:57 am

DDadgum is 100% accurate. This is all just dead man walking….

NovaJacket

February 24th, 2011
8:58 am

Shump is gone regardless of draft position.

Always a Jacket

February 24th, 2011
9:40 am

I hope Dadgum is right. I still don’t understand how DRad kept Hewitt the last 3 years.

No surprises on comments after the game, not much Hewitt can say.

Buzz

February 24th, 2011
9:49 am

Picture #5 says it all!!!!!! Dumb, Dumb, Dumb and Even Dumber!!!!! Also look at the empty seats!!! Holy Crap there was only about 2,000 people there. I said it once and i’ll say it again I will not return until the incompetent coaches are fired!!!!!!!! FIRE CPH!!!! One other thing he waits this long to try and discipline a player for bad shots and passes… LOL!!!!!! How funny!!!!!!

Paul in RDU

February 24th, 2011
9:52 am

No point in piling on. It’s over for Hewitt.

RenewalAtTech

February 24th, 2011
10:01 am

How can anyone not have asked C[sic]PH about the crowd? Have these “journalists” no spine?

RenewalAtTech

February 24th, 2011
10:02 am

Dave Braine deserves a harsh caining.

Doug Roberson

February 24th, 2011
10:04 am

We did ask. There’s a quote at the bottom of the story from Jason Morris.

BYRDDAWG

February 24th, 2011
10:37 am

Doug , I’m a GEORGIA fan & could could not care less about tech but I would be very interested in getting your view of this team…..

hbtd

February 24th, 2011
12:42 pm

tech athletics do provide a good comedy. if it’s not pee wee running around with his hs o featuring undersized lineman, it’s the basketball team finding new ways to loose in front of 300 fans at home. good stuff. keep up the great work drad.

Left Eye

February 24th, 2011
1:44 pm

Buzz, there you are. I can tell you clearly know nothing about basketball. Please stop posting.

Buzz

February 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Your right left eye but your still my biooooootch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Left Eye

February 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

No surprise, buzz comes back with a typical inappropriate response. Stay classy buzz.

Left Eye

February 24th, 2011
2:53 pm

New day and buzz is still an idiot.

Buzz

February 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

New day and your still my Bioooooootch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Suck it patch boy!!!!!!!!

Left Eye

February 24th, 2011
3:33 pm

I did lose my eye serving our country. Thanks for the encouragement buzz. Still an idiot!!!

Left Eye

February 24th, 2011
3:47 pm

Buzz you unpatriotic, tech fan idiot.

GT1

February 25th, 2011
11:10 pm

As the Gailey basher used to say……I’ll thank God and Greyhound when he’s gone! It will cost us big time though, thanks to Mr. No Braine!

Nerd

February 26th, 2011
5:31 pm

so we have to pay this guy 7 million bucks to go away? wow, that is a piece of real business.

No spin

February 27th, 2011
11:04 pm

We suck…..still beats being a dawg any day of the week.

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

Without piling on our team too much, I’d like to see us lose at Wake on Thursday just to add emphasis on Phewitt’s dismissal. I don’t want ANY excuse to retain him and a loss at Wake would do that.

Hewitt Can't Coach

February 28th, 2011
9:40 pm

Why can’t he be retained? I mean, he obviously will never do the honorable thing and and just leave. So why not hire a NEW HC and make Hewitt an ASS HC?

He’s too proud to be demoted. He’ll take all the bags of Tech $$$ he already has and leave. Doesn’t that solve “the problem”?