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TENNESSEE POSTGAME QUOTES



Oct. 31, 2006

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TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "We talked about getting some things exposed tonight, to see where we stood. But we did not have enough opportunity. I hope Friday night, against Tusculum, will be a better test.

"We need to make our free-throws and 3-point shots better. You have to admire a team that comes out and makes its first 18 shots - that was really something. We had balance in our scoring.

"We are so young that there won't be any problem with our players picking up some confidence from this game. For us to have only nine turnovers, with as much scoring as there was, is really terrific.

"This is a chance for our players to see what they could do. They saw how our substitution system works, which means they will not have to be staying on the floor continuously. We did not press at all in the second half.

"I had hoped we would have had a better challenge tonight than we did. Now that C.J. Watson has graduated, I am looking forward to a chance for Jordan Howell to get back out on the court. Having Dane Bradshaw on the court really takes a lot of pressure off of these new freshmen."

LEMOYNE-OWEN HEAD COACH DAVID GAINES: "Tennessee is a good team, and they are in shape. They always have a good team, and we were not much of a match for them tonight. We have a lot of young people, and we are building toward playing in our conference at this point.

"I thought we could have covered the middle a little better than we did tonight. They were able to get a lot of good shots from the paint.

"Ramar Smith is really going to help Tennessee - he is a good player, and a good kid. He is going to be a really good player, and he fights it down the middle. He and Duke Crews both had 12 points tonight - that will make them tough down the stretch."

 

 

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