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Postgame Quotes: Vols 85, ULM 62



Nov. 16, 2011

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Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin
"I have to give a lot of credit to Louisiana-Monroe with the way they cut on offense and the way they executed their offense. I didn't think we did a very good job in the first half of defending but I think a lot of credit goes to those guys with the way they cut and the way they moved. They were passing the ball and using the dribble to get to the lane. I thought they did a good job with that motion-type offense, the flair screens, the cuts and the slips to the basket. It's a very efficient offense and I thought Coach (Richard) did a great job with his guys executing it.

"I thought Trae (Golden) once again had a good night, I think 17 points and 11 assists. That's impressive, especially against somewhat of a matchup-zone where it's hard to penetrate through the seams. I thought he did a good job of keeping his composure, accepting the challenge on the defensive side of the ball and just really competing and running our team.

"Skylar did a really good job of running in transition. Josh (Richardson) in the second half of really springing in transition and allowing Trae to find those guys to get easy baskets. That was good.

"I thought Dwight (Miller) gave us some key minutes coming off the bench. He played with a level of confidence, getting the ball inside to him and making moves one-on-one. They did a good job of really clamping down, but he was making quick moves to the basket and I thought that part was good.

"I thought we picked it up in the second half defensively. We kept our composure and made the necessary switches on their cuts and tight curls. When they went small a couple times, I thought our big guys did a good job the last 10 minutes of the game of really switching when they had the four guards out there. That's not an easy thing to do with that type of switching and cutting. You have 6-8 guys defending that and have to carry out those assignments on the perimeter. I thought they did do a good job with that.

"We did a great job of rebounding the ball. In the first half, we didn't finish as well as we like, but we did a great job of rebounding. That part was good to see our guys attacking the glass. I think the thing for me that was probably one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive, was one turnover in the second half. We spend a lot of time of really taking care of the ball. I thought in the first half we were rushing shots and really looking for individual offense. Not to say that the guys were selfish, but I thought it was an individual thing. You get up 9-0, and the focus goes from just putting a team away through our defense and now it's like, `Let's get shots up.' I thought we did a good job making necessary adjustments in the second half and not turning the ball over."

On the difference between the first and second halves:
"I think more than anything was the effort and energy behind it defensively. I think when you get up 9-0, you lose a level of focus on the defensive side of the ball. For us, our gauge is always how we defend. If we're defending and rebounding at the level we need to, our offense will fall in place. I thought early in the game, our defense dictated what we did on the offensive side. I thought that flip-flopped the last 14 minutes of the first half."

Freshman guard Josh Richardson
On the team's play in the second half:
"We were dead in the first half and just giving them whatever they wanted. In the second half, we generated some energy, started talking to each other on defense, and it came together. The starters came out with energy and when we had guys come off the bench we tried to keep it up."

Junior guard Skylar McBee
On his role on the team:
"My role is to play 100 percent on the defensive end, help pick up the team's energy, knock down open shots, and be positive voice for our team when we are not playing so good. When we are playing good, to make sure the guys are being celebrated."

On the team's play in the second half:
"We knew we did not play up to our potential in the first half and did not have the energy we needed to have. The coaches stressed that at halftime and we knew what we needed to do in the second half. Coach Martin told us what do on the defense, the adjustments we needed to make and to go out there and do it."

Sophomore guard Trae Golden
On his improved play in the second half when he eight assists and no turnovers:
"I was depressed with my play in the first half because I had three turnovers. I wanted to come out in the second half, get my teammates going and lead the team anyway I can."

Tennessee Junior Forward Jeronne Maymon
On the difference between the first and second halves:
"We were a lot more patient. We just waited more on offense to develop some of our shots."

On what Coach Martin told the team at halftime:
"Coach told us to be patient, let the offense develop and let everything come to us. I think that really helped us."

On Tennessee's bench production:
"I was really proud of those guys with what they came out there and did. They showed poise and gave us a lift."

On Trae Golden:
"Trae did a really good job of feeding the open shooters and getting everybody in the right positions to open up the offense."

On Tennessee's upcoming trip to Maui:
"It's a business trip. We're going out there with hopes to win games."

ULM Head Coach Keith Richard
Opening Statement:
"I thought in the first half, I thought we played about as well as we've played in the three games so far this season. That's really how we want to play as a team with short numbers, guard oriented, trying to really control the pace on the offensive end and I thought we did that.

"The second half, the first ten minutes, even though we were up four points, I kept looking up at the score and the pace was faster, and that's not good for us, a little fool's gold for us. We got too happy with how we were playing, started playing a little faster in the half-court offense, led to some bad shots, missed shots, runouts and layups, fouls on the other end, and that's your ballgame. We didn't have much left the last five minutes, obviously, energy-wise."

On Fred Brown's performance after picking up four fouls in the first half:
"It wasn't good because he wasn't playing much defense because he was trying to not foul out. He made some exciting shots, but he also stayed within himself and didn't try to do too much down the floor and played a much better game."

On if he was proud of his team's effort:
"I am, in the improvement and development of our team. I'm proud of 20 minutes or so, that they got to feel it a little bit, being up on the road. It's all a teaching lesson for us right now, and we've got a lot to teach."

 

 

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