“We feel very fortunate, we feel very good right now, to be honest, with you. We sort of stumbled around in the first half. We shoot 31 percent and they shoot 36, but right before the half we made a couple of baskets and had a one-point lead at half. I felt about as lucky as I’ve ever felt at that point. In the second half, we started finally making some shots. I think we’re a good shooting team. We made three of our first four threes and then we fell in love with the 3-point shot and started shooting it every time down and missed eight or nine in a row at that point.
"But in the second half we were 7-for-13 from the 3-point line and I think that’s more indicative, especially when we have the right guys taking them. But for us, it’s a good win. Any time you get a win in college basketball on the road… The crowd was great; it was a wonderful college atmosphere. We were just fortunate a bunch of shots went in for us in the second half.”
James Micael McAdoo seemed to struggle offensively in the first half but asserted himself more in the second half. Is that just part of his ongoing growth this season?
“I think it probably is. I told him at halftime he’s got to make plays. We talked at halftime about how we’ve got good shots. Well, it doesn’t make any difference if you’ve got good shots if you don’t make them. We make them in practice, we make them in shootaround, so we ought to make them right now. I said I’d like to give you some great theorem that you could go out there and figure out what the dickens you’re supposed to do to make shots, but basically you’ve just got to be tough enough to make shots. If you’re going to have an open shot, you’ve got to be tough enough to make it. I think we did that.
“James Michael was effective taking the ball to the basket. He didn’t shoot as many free throws. He was 2-for-3 from the free throw line – he’s got to be a little more aggressive than that. But I think he was more aggressive in the second half. He made his little face-up jumpers a couple of times, got a couple of follows. I think he was good. Nine rebounds – that’s the first game he hasn’t been in double figures in rebounds.”
On the post situation:
“I think Desmond has really been good in practice, but just hasn’t been able to find a comfort zone in the game. So we tried to put Joel and Brice in and tried to give both of them a chance in the first half and Brice gave us help offensively. Defensively, he kept diving in below the low post and they could just throw it in to the post guy every time, so I took him out. I thought Joel did some good things. But Brice gave us a big lift there for a while and so did Joel. Joel had two or three big blocks that were important for us.”
How is Marcus Paige coming along?
“Not where I would like him to be, there’s no question about that. But I think a freshman playing the point guard position, there’s so many things you have to think about other than just your own play. He and I joked around the other day because I think he’s really a good shooter. I really do. He finally made some today – 6-for-10, 3-fot-6 from the 3-point line – but he does a nice job. I told our team that we had 13 turnovers and he brought it up himself that he probably had about half of them, and I said, no, you only had five. But I still remember the second college game Ty Lawson played and he had five or six turnovers himself and he’s about as good a point guard as I’ve ever had.”
On the value of the team playing its first road gam:
“We didn’t respond very well in the first half. We were too panicky and too eager to shoot the basketball. Instead of getting what we wanted, we took the shot that they wanted. But I think every day that you play and play a game on the road, it helps you.”