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Postgame Quotes - Maryland at Georgia Tech

Feb. 27, 2013

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Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our guys.  Their response to a very disappointing effort on Sunday was tremendous this evening.  Maryland is a very good team.  They can hurt you in a lot of different ways and they were playing with a lot of energy, like they had a lot to play for. “

“Our guys had to dig in a little deeper.  After Sunday they really had to look in the mirror because for 14 minutes we didn’t compete at the level that is deserving of playing at Georgia Tech.  We always talk about responding, and our guys responded really well both Monday and Tuesday in practice.  As a coach, you go into the game and you just hope they have success during the game because of how they dug down deeper Monday and Tuesday.  If you don’t have success then on Wednesday it’ll be hard to get them going again.  Our guys have shown great resolve. “

“I have an unbelievable amount of respect for Mark (Turgeon) and the program his building at Maryland.  I think he’s doing and unbelievable job.  He’s young, just like us, playing a lot of young guys.  They’re a much better team than they were earlier. “

“That was the best 40 minutes we’ve played all year long in terms of consistent performance in every key area.  I am very, very pleased.”

“Daniel (Miller) has been playing pretty dog-gone good.  The free throws were great going 12-for-12 like that.  The thing that’s most impressive to me is that he got to the line 12 times.  That meant he was aggressive around the basket.  If we can do that, it takes us to a whole new level as a team.”

“I thought we did a good job against their press.  Our philosophy against full-court pressure is to attack it and to try and score.  We have a pretty good luxury in that our big guys can handle the ball pretty well and their good passers.  I thought that really helped us with that.”

“We got some good ball movement.  We really moved the ball well, making that extra pass.  Brandon Reed was the recipient of that and took good shots all night long.  He’s shooting better from beyond the three-point line in ACC play than he has ever shot in his career.  His four rebounds and four assists with no turnovers really helped.  Probably the best overall game Brandon Reed has every played at Georgia Tech.”

“I’m just really proud.  Our guys showed a lot of character bouncing back from Sunday.  When you do that, you can just continue to build the program.”

“We are getting better.  We are making improvements.  We just need to keep getting better.  We just need to be comfortable with who we are and where we want to get to and just continue making progress.  With that being said we have one more home game.  It’s an important one. For one reason it’s the next game and the second reason is its Pierre’s and Mfon’s last home game here at McCamish.”

Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon
Opening Remarks:
“I thought Georgia Tech was great. They made shots. Their bench was great. They played smarter than we played. They got to the foul line a lot more than we did. They were good. Georgia Tech was really good. We watched a lot of film on them and maybe we gave them that confidence. Obviously defensively we weren’t great and that was probably the biggest disappointment in the game. Once again, I thought we were ready. We started out pretty well and then they hit some shots in the first half and got themselves going. Our press wasn’t good for us and it hurt us. We gave them some confidence, but you can’t go on the road and give up 51% FG and expect to win. Give them some credit. They made a lot of shots they hadn’t been making. [Robert] Carter was tremendous. He was good. We couldn’t guard him. We had no one who could guard Robert Carter.”

On slow starts to the 2nd half becoming a concern:
“We were good at the start of the 2nd half vs Clemson. We were good at the start of the 2nd half against Duke. If I had an answer, I’d fix it. I did think that we tried hard. We just didn’t play very smart. There were times when we looked like a team on the offensive end. Other times, we just go one on one. We tried a bunch of stuff just to try and get back in the game and none of it really worked.”

On offensive struggles:
“It’s tough. I’m more disappointed in our intelligence on the defensive end than the offensive end. I think we got in a panic mode offensively and just trying to score quickly. We missed a lot of open shots. Our guys who are supposed to make shots didn’t make them. It might not have changed the outcome, but we missed some open shots too. We just didn’t play very well. Maybe it’s because of Georgia Tech, but I thought we had 7 or 8 guys who tried really hard. The decision making is tough. It’s hard and it wears you out.”

On trying to establish Alex Len early on:
“I thought he got pushed around all night. I know he ended up with really good numbers and we ran some plays for him. He was good early and got second chance points. I thought [Daniel] Miller got the best of him. He got pushed around all night.”

On point guard play:
“Our point guard play in the first half was about as bad as it has been. Nick [Faust] was bad. Pe’Shon’s [Howard] decision making was terrible. Seth [Allen] forced some things. I was begging them at timeouts that our point guard has to be better.  It just wasn’t very good tonight.”

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