Postgame Quotes: Austin Peay 74, Vols 70

Dec. 10, 2011

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Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin

(Opening Statement)
"Austin Peay did a good job of shooting the ball, especially in the second half. 27 points off turnovers, did a good job speeding us up with pressure, we had six or seven unforced turnovers in the second half. Thought Kenny (Hall) was having a good game, 12 points, 10 rebounds, thought he was really assertive and aggressive, it was good to see him have two back-to-back double-figure rebound (games). I thought Jeronne (Maymon) played well in spurts, especially scoring and rebounding. Those two guys, I thought, played really well together."

(On the offensive set off the timeout late in the game, down by three)
"Cam (Tatum) caught the ball too far out and they switched out. I thought Skylar (McBee) was open coming around, but Cam was too far out to hit him because they switched off their screens."

(On whether the team was flat coming out)
"I don't think they overlooked a team, I thought we played well in spurts, but we didn't play as well as a team on both ends of the floor. "Hopefully it's a wakeup call. I think they can continue to play better as a team on both ends of the floor and share the ball on offense and then help each other out on the defensive side of the ball, more than anything. I thought there was a lot of individual play, probably didn't look like it as far as going off the dribble, but I don't think we shared the ball as well consistently."

(On the struggles on defense late in the second half)
"It's just taking pride in it, guarding your man and not consuming yourself on the offensive side of the ball. It's not whether you're getting shots or making shots, your game and your gauge has to be on the defensive side of the ball. When you're concerned about how many shots you're getting or whether your shots are falling, then you don't defend, then it can be a long night."

Junior Forward Jeronne Maymon
(On what Tennessee learned from the loss)
"You just have to play together as a team, have better chemistry and trust each other on the offensive and defensive ends that we're going to be at the right place at the right time."

(On Tennessee's focus)
"I really didn't think we were going to lose the game. We just had a lot of mental breakdowns that caused them to get the lead and they held on well."

(On the loss)
"We just didn't go out and get the job done. We didn't carry out assignments like we were supposed to. It was a good job by Austin Peay."

(On whether the loss is motivating)
"Every loss, you can take something from the game. It's motivation, but we have enough motivation by how people are doubting us and things like that. Right now, we're not making a good point."

(On Tennessee's second-half performance)
"We played lackadaisical. We played like we were going to win the game no matter what happened. We had careless turnovers. We couldn't get the ball into the wings. It was just a bad (second) half."

(On having a week off between games)
"If anything, it should've helped us get better to help us get focused on our assignments to what we have to do to win the game. I don't think that caused us to lose it."

Junior guard Skylar McBee

(On losing the game)
It is disappointing, and we did not take care of our business. The loss is on us but we have to regroup, stay together, work hard in practice, and continue to get better.

(On moving forward after the loss)
Nobody likes to lose but we have to keep a positive mind set. You cannot be satisfied with losing but you also can't start blaming each other. We have to stay together as a team. We have to continue to build our team chemistry and get better every day.

(On Austin Peay shooting 72.7% in the second half)
They run a lot of ball screens, and we have to communicate on those. We got mixed up whether or not we were supposed to switch or fight through (the screen). We kind of lost of our guys. We can improve on that, and I guarantee that is something that will be stressed in practice. We will work to get it fixed.

Junior Forward Kenny Hall
(On Tennessee's loss)
"We lost control. We did poorly on defense. We weren't getting enough stops. We were doing what we had to do on the offensive side, but defense is what wins games. That's what cost us tonight."

(On defensive breakdowns)
"There was some stuff that we didn't do on defense. They didn't make any spectacular plays. We just had some breakdowns."

(On having a week off between games)
"That wasn't an excuse. That doesn't have anything to do with us not closing out or not hedging screens. That doesn't have anything to do with that. It was just a lack of focus."

(On Coach Martin's reaction to the team)
"He calls it like it is. He told us exactly where we fell short and what went wrong out there. It's not like he was extra animated as far as yelling, kicking and screaming. It was nothing like that. He told us why we lost the game, what we have to do to win the next game and what we have to continue to work on."

(On what the team's mindset was down the stretch)
"Losing was never a thought. You look up and we're up two. I was disappointed in that. We were trying to get the team together and rally us all up. With five minutes left, we kept saying `We need to finish strong and not let this one slip away from us.' Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened."

(On how the team will respond from the loss)
"We weren't expecting this at all, but it's not like we're going to get down on ourselves. I'm sure we're going to come in, watch film and we're going to get an earful. The mistakes that we made out there on the court are going to show up on film. We just have to keep watching it The way coach is, he's going to keep rewinding it and rewinding it so that image of what we were doing wrong is going to stick with us. Hopefully, we can learn from it like that."

Austin Peay Head Coach Dave Loos

(Opening statement)

"It was obviously a great game for us. This is really huge for us going forward. It's hard to explain. We had not been shooting it well.

(On momentum carrying over from Monday's win against Arkansas State)

"I think it did. We made half of our shots in that game and kept our turnovers under 12. It was a good solid game for us, although we had a 10-point lead in that one and had to go to overtime. But it really helped the way we felt about ourselves.

(On switching from man to zone)

"It helped for a while, but then they put another shooter in and we went back. We were just looking for something to break the momentum. They had 16 offensive rebounds in the first half but only three in the second half, so that was big for us.

(On John Fraley returning to action)

"It was really significant, just his presence out there. He got started great and then he tried to force a little - I think he got caught up in the moment. But he makes a big difference for us on the boards, and just his presence out there is important.

"I didn't think he could play that much, to be honest. We probably couldn't get much out of him tomorrow if we had to, but today was good.

(On Tyshwan Edmondson's play)

"He made some big shots and we've been waiting for him to get started. I think he did today. And he's a good passer. He did a good job today."





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