Jan. 14, 2006
Head Coach Bruce Pearl
"They had 13 blocks and probably a dozen more chances. It was a difficult, difficult night for us not to shoot the ball well, obviously because of how good their interior defense is. We would have liked to have been more patient offensively. Glen Davis was the difference in the second half. We couldn't stop him."
On guard Chris Lofton ...
"He wasn't hunting his shot. I thought several times when he was open he didn't shoot it. He's one of the best shooters in the country but he just didn't have it tonight. Obviously, it is a tough opponent for him not to have it. Our perimeter offense didn't have the attack."
F Andre Patterson
"That 9-0 run at the beginning of the second half kind of hurt us. They pretty much controlled the ball in the second half and did a good job with our pressure. Early, we were able to force them into some turnovers. Glen Davis played well in the second half."
LSU PLAYER QUOTES
F Tyrus Thomas
On blocking so many shots...
"I blocked a few shots but I still have to be more disciplined. I got a couple of fouls and goal tending calls. I still have to work on my discipline to become a better defender."
On the team's improvement in the second half...
"We just passed the ball inside more. Darrel (Mitchell), Tasmin (Mitchell) and Garrett (Temple) were able to execute on their perimeter shots as well."
F Glen Davis
On the team's performance...
"I just think we did a good job from the guards to the big men on overcoming their defensive press. They had a very good defensive press. They had us going for a little why but we kept our composure and we delivered."
On the team's turnaround in the second half...
"The key was not to turn the ball over. We prepared ourselves and coach prepared us to execute our plays especially our press offense."