Dec. 22, 2007
– Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Hewitt
You have to be pleased. You asked for some continuity from what you saw Tuesday night defensively in particular and I think you got most of that today.
“We forced 23 turnovers. Even though we had a lead in the second half I think we did a good job of not letting down and getting into the open court. We made some plays both offensively and defensively. Yes, I am pleased with the effort. I thought we practiced well after the Kansas game and got some good things out of watching the tape.”
You talk about building. How much of that is not only what happens on the floor but what happens in their minds as they play these games?
“With the free time one of the things we are trying to do now is more double sessions. I saw some of that hard work coming out in the second half today and paying off.”
You start these double sessions and now you are starting to build these guys a little bit. Matt Causey said every other day he can see improvements. Do you see it?
“The ultimate exam does come on that scoreboard. While I was pleased with some of the things we did against Kansas, we didn’t do enough. Today we did plenty to get a win heading into the Christmas holiday.”
You can build a lot of confidence within the team by playing a lot of guys. That’s a pretty good aspect of this too isn’t it?
“Yes. A lot of guys got playing time today. Alade [Aminu] had a good game. Mo Miller in particular probably if you had to single out a certain individual that benefited the most from this game. He had a good stat line with no turnovers and three assists. He shot it well and overall I thought he did a nice job. D’Andre Bell also played a very, very solid game. “
You guys defensively are you turning it up a little bit? When you talk about play execution, are a lot of these defensive plays because it seems like that is where this team is making the biggest improvements?
“I agree with that, but I think at times there was still a lot of times that we didn’t finish out the possession. The upperclassmen were on the bench for the part of the game and saw that we got beat to five out of six loose balls in the last 10 minutes of the game. Again, you don’t want to look back too much but at the same time the reality is we have to do a better job closing out the defensive possessions. In our half-court defense, we are forcing misses and forcing loose balls but we need to come up with a defensive rebound.”
So another test on Thursday before conference play?
“Yes. We’ll have another paper exam and get back at it on the 27th.”