Hoya Post-Game Quotes
Roy Hibbert said it was his first scoreless game since his freshman year of high school. Don't quote him on that, though. And to his credit he stood in front of everyone and talked about his dud. The talk also focused on the shooting of Jon Wallace, Jessie Sapp and Chris Wright, who combined to make 13 of 18 three pointers. "Jon was unbelievable," DaJuan Summers said, a sentiment echoed by several teammates. I asked Hibbert whether he's seen a shooting display like that before.
"All the time in practice," he said, "but in this game it was crucial for us and they came through. [Wallace] had, what, 16, 19 points in the first half? He was hitting, then Sapp started hitting, DaJuan started hitting, Chris started hitting and we came through.
I jokingly asked him whether he considered trying to break out of his slump with a three-point attempt of his own.
"They didn't need me to do any of that, they just needed me to get a rebound, and I think I got one or two," he said. It was actually four. But he was obviously ticked at himself, in his self-deprecating, goofy way.
"I have to do a better job of not picking up dumb fouls," he said. "I'm trying to adjust and move on to tomorrow. I think if we keep shooting like that we'll be here until Saturday. We just have to keep doing what we're doing."
Teammates were asked whether they were surprised they could get a 19-point win with nada from Hibbert.
"Yeah, it is surprising, because obviously we run through Roy, Roy's the man, he's our star," Chris Wright said. "Obviously we can [improve]. Roy didn't score today. That's just going to show you that we have so many options. Obviously when Roy gets involved we're greater."
"I mean, it speaks volumes for how we stuck together as a team," Wallace said. "We knew there was a big part of what we do that was missing today, but at the same team Roy is effective without scoring. He was a decoy, he was going down the middle and drawing double teams, which allowed other guys to get open looks."
"It would have been better if we could win WITH him, but we've got to live with that," Sapp said. "It just shows the caliber of this team and how much we have without him....Jon was terrific, that carried over for me and just gave me a boost, and I think Chris helped us a lot as well as DaJuan and Austin Freeman and Pat and Vernon Macklin, everyone, Bryon Jansen, I can name the whole team."
Which he did, successfully.
It was very quiet in the locker room, which, of course, is usually not open for Georgetown except at such events. Maybe it was the early hour....the players kept talking about how they performed "tonight" in a game that ended at 2.
"I don't know, I guess it's just basketball terminology," Summers said.
Maybe that's just their style; "I don't really show it like that, but I'm excited," said a near-silent Austin Freeman. Or if you wanted to try to be a serious daily-newspaper style journalist you could write that the Hoyas were focused, laser-like, on the rest of the tournament.
"We don't need to celebrate yet," Wright said. "We've got two more games to win. Then we'll celebrate. We've got a game tomorrow we're worrying about."
As for Wright, the reviews were positive.
"He was great off the bench," Summers said. "To stay positive throughout the year and come in and do what he did today was huge for us. He's been practicing with us--it's not like he's missing a step. He's just got to get acclimated again to our offense, but he's fine."
[Note: All this was supposed to appear in video form, but technological challenges have made that impossible. Please, if you would, imagine the players saying all this. You could even speak the quotes out loud if you want. Thanks.]
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