Here’s are some comments from Georgia’s postgame news conference after the 79-71 NIT second-round loss to Louisiana Tech in Stegeman Coliseum Saturday.
Coach Mark Fox
“Obviously we had a terrible start and we dug such a big hole that we just couldn’t get all the way out of it. I thought we made a lot of mental errors in the first half. Those were very costly because Louisiana Tech has a good team and good teams make you pay for mistakes. So we get into the second half and I thought we could still win the game at the half. We get it back to six but we’ve got no timeouts left to manage the end of the game. Just got outplayed and didn’t play well enough from the start to have a chance to win it at the end.”
On the slow start in the first half being more about Georgia or La. Tech:
“I don’t want to take away anything from their team. We gave up three 3-point shots on something we covered yesterday, we covered this morning and we covered in the pregame. Mentally, we just weren’t as attached as you have to be to beat a good team. We’ve got to take responsibility for making errors and then give them credit for making the open shot we gave them.”
Worried about losing the team in a game like that rather than getting back into it like you did?
“No, I told them at the half if you’ll just did in, you can win the game. I’ve got a lot of faith in this team. We’ve been very competitive all year. The bus had to run over us five times before we started playing.”
On thoughts on what team accomplished this season:
“I think what I told the players it’s hard to understand today because you lost the game, but I thought they restored a great deal of pride in Georgia basketball. To win 20 games, to finish second in the SEC, to advance in the postseason, I think they did some things that they should feel good about. We should all feel good about it. I’m not happy with how we played today and I’ll probably never get over that, but I do think this team did a lot of really positive things. The support from our fans, I think, showed I think that they appreciate it, too.”
Guard Charles Mann on La. Tech’s pressure:
“I just didn’t play well. I didn’t take care of the ball at the beginning at all. I’ve just got to do a better job of that.”
Forward Brandon Morris on the poor start:
“Just not dialed in. You could kind of tell out of the gates that a lot of players heads weren’t in it and it showed early and it really showed down the stretch.”
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