Georgia Tech Post-Game Quotes (Game 9)

Dec. 17, 2017

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GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH Josh Pastner

Opening statement:

“Good win. I thought there were some good things that we did well, but we need to take care of the ball better still. We had 14 turnovers, which is just aggravating. However, having Josh Okogie back even gives me another pep in my step. We’d have more wins if he’d played, but it is what it is. Our defense, which has been pretty good all year long, even in our numbers, we haven’t gotten many fast break opportunities out of our good defense so tonight we got some opportunities out of that, just on Josh Okogie and Moses [Wright].”

On Abdoulaye Gueye being able to relieve Ben [Lammers]:

“We weren’t getting enough production at the four-spot, so I told AD to go to the five as a backup to Ben [Lammers]. I wanted to invest in Evan [Cole] and Moses [Wright] at the four to see how they do there. Moses was our second leading rebounder per minute behind Ben Lammers so we need more production out of him. I thought AD did some really solid things for us at the five-spot. We’ll just have to continue to work with him.”

On getting back on track with a win today:

“This is my ninth year as head coach and this is the longest streak of losing I’ve ever had. I have not lost three in a row ever before and I don’t want to lose three in a row ever again. Boy that was a long time to be sitting on a losing streak. And for a guy like me, it just eats at me like you can’t believe – any loss. I know people say it’s just a game but for me, I take it extremely personal. We needed to win. It was good to get back on a winning streak.”

On Moses Wright’s career day:

“Moses was really good in the open floor. … He’s going to be good, it’s just going to take some time.”

On having Josh Okogie back in the lineup:

“We’d probably be 9-0 if he’d played all nine games. But sometimes you have a plan and then it doesn’t go accordingly so you have to adjust. We’re a better team with Josh Okogie than without him. … I thought he was pretty good for his first game of the season, 19 and four. There’s still some things that he can work on, he got a little winded at times, defensively he’s got to get a little bit better, but he’s a good player.”

FLORIDA A&M HEAD COACH ROBERT MCCOLLUM

Opening statement:

“Tech played really well and we didn’t. I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I was really disappointed with our effort. As a coach, that is one of the things you don’t expect to have to coach is effort. A winner plays with that effort.”

On being on the road a lot this season:

“We have but we were back for finals. Literally when we were back, our kids had what was the equivalent of what was two weeks of finals. We were gone for 12-13 straight days so they missed an exam or two during that stretch. So they made up those and then the very next week was final exams.”

What to take away from a game like this:

“Well, you try to look for positives. We had one or two guys that played well and you tried to build from that. Hopefully before we play Fordham on Thursday, our best player Marcus Barham will be back. He has missed the last two games and hopefully he’ll be back by then.”

On Georgia Tech:

“Overall, they have a couple of seniors but yet the core of the team is still relatively young. I’m sure with Josh [Okogie] back they wanted to get him into the flow of things, some rhythm and chemistry and everything with him. I think that’ll be a big key because with him they are a different team and without him they are a different team. I think they are good defensively, but of course the way the game is played these days you got to score points and he is an added plus in that area.”

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