Jan. 31, 2007
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Head Coach Brian Gregory Quotes
"I think this win is important. We worked pretty hard the last two days in practice. Our guys executed the game plan extremely well and really played with some grit tonight. We talked about these next 10 games and really improving and doing things well. We can't start better than we did tonight. They gave great effort on both ends of the court. Our guys played with a fire and that was good to see."
"I like the command he (Andres Sandoval) had on the court and he didn't have to make one basket to have that. I am happier with that then the stats. As we've talked about before, as a new player in the program he's going to have some ups and downs. He has handled that very well. We knew he could play as well as he did today and now, unfortunately everyone else knows too. He has set the bar."
"There was one stretch in the first half where we were up seven or eight points and we lost our composure. That is something that will be critical in these next nine games. We're going to have some tough games and we need to constantly get better. The way we need to play is the way we played tonight."
"We did a much better job of reversing the ball tonight and of keeping our players on the move. Shooting 56 percent shows that. Brian (Roberts) didn't force any shots. We did a good job making some big plays offensively. We've also done a better job this year at free-throws. Guys have stepped up at crucial times and made them. I think we're a good shooting team. A lot of shooting free-throws is focus and concentration."
"They (George Washington) are a very talented team and have all the pieces to move on in this league."
"I thought our half-court defense was extremely good. Our transition defense wasn't as good as it should be, but you have to give them (George Washington) credit because they are good. We didn't give them any easy ones off turnovers. Taking care of the ball was key for us tonight. You saw a glimpse of us getting back on track with our defense."
"This win was needed for our team because we're playing a post-season team at home. This win was most important. Our guys haven't lost confidence at all. They know when they're not playing as well as they should be playing. The best way to come back from that is to keep working. I think we've done that. We have five weeks left. We can rest in May."
"Again, we had our offense out of our defense. That's our game. Our main goal through the year and especially the last two days of practice, we've been emphasizing our defense. Our defense has been the key. It really came out this game. I was happy with everybody and everybody is happy on our defense."
"It was important after losing two in a row. Especially, the one at Duquesne. I took the blame for that one. I think we came out stepped it up and played really well."
"Everyone needs to realize I've been out for a whole year. I'm only a sophomore with how much college basketball I've had. I'm getting more comfortable with myself and getting more comfortable here with each and every game. Everyone is getting the Andres Sandoval they hoped for. I'm trying to come out there to play well, play off of everybody and play off of my defense. That's how I have to play the rest of the year."
"Every one played well. There was great rebounding by our big men. I know we did really well on the glass in the last four minutes. I'm proud of everybody."
"From here on out, we look at this as a new beginning for us. We've practiced hard the last two days. We're going into these last few games just giving all we have. We want to make sure we are playing our best ball at the end of the year."
"When you have a first place team come into your house, it's important to set the tone. We got off to a good start, but had to come out in the second half and sustain it. They are athletic. We knew that coming in. They have guys who can shoot and score, so we had our hands full."
"It was a pretty big win to get back on track, especially in conference. That's the thing with the conference right now, its wide open. It's crazy how the conference is playing out. We talked about starting fresh from this point. We had 10 games left and we wanted to make it a 10-game season. We've started off 1-0, so this is a big win."
"It doesn't matter much, but it's a good feeling to reach 14 wins with nine games left. It's a lot better than last season."
"I've been making shots. My teammates have been able to find me and I've been able to knock them down. My confidence obviously is higher than what it was after the bad start I had."
George Washington Head Coach Karl Hobbs
"We lost to a better team tonight, they played extremely well. They have 14 wins, 13 of them are at home and tonight they were really focused."
"I thought they came into the game prepared and understood what they needed to do to win the basketball game."
"I have to give them a great deal of credit, their backcourt played very well. Their best player was the best player in the game and that's what best players do."
"We weren't as focused as we needed to be when playing a game on the road. I thought our focus was the worst it has been in a long time, and that's what was very disappointing to me as a coach."
"I think number one, we aren't going to panic, we never do. Number two, we have to do like we always do and go back to our fundamentals, back to the basic things."
"They did a great job, it's not like (Andres) Sandoval is a freshman, he is a veteran guy. They needed him to step up and tonight he showed that, and I think they need him to continue to play that way for them to be successful."
"We are a team that has two veteran guards and our team may not be the best basketball team, but the one thing that is always consistent with us is our effort. You pretty much have to bring your A-game to beat us."
"I tip my hat once again to coach (Brian) Gregory. I told him he did a great job of really rallying his team and it's amazing to me sometimes to hear these kids from Dayton are playing their hearts out."
"The Dayton players had the full support of the student body in that gym tonight. I really tip my hat off to the Dayton students because what happens is when you have a bad night, doubts start to creep in and there's no need for anybody to doubt this basketball team. They have terrific kids, and when you see these guys out and on the road they carry themselves well."
"(Brian) Roberts is as terrific and about as genuine as a kid there is, and I could go down the list with the rest of the guys. I thought it was a terrific game, as a coach I got out of hand and that's just an adjustment that I have to make myself."