Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest 79, Furman 55

Dec. 18, 2012

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Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik

Opening statement...
"Early on in the game, we missed a combination of five layups and dunks. But the one thing we've been working on is mental toughness and didn't defuse our defensive energy. We maintained that which is a positive sign. Then we ended the half on a 10-0 run; finally making some shots because we were manufacturing good shots; that's a positive sign. In the past we've allowed missing shots to defuse our energy defensively but today we did not. We stayed steady from start to finish that was a really great thing."

On playing well in the paint...
"Something that we've been working on really hard is scoring around the rim and getting the ball to the rim and executing our offense better to allow that to happen. That's a real positive sign and something that we need to continue to do."

On the impact of pressure defense...
"(We've) been working on it and watching film. I thought in the Seton Hall game we defended well for 28 or 29 minutes, I mean they only had 39 points with about 11 minutes to go. But we just didn't continue that process through. Of course, a lot of Seton Hall's baskets came off turnovers and we had a point of emphasis in terms of not turning the ball over in a bad way, when you can't defend those turnovers. We learned a lot from that Seton Hall game; we learned a lot from the Richmond game where we lost by one possession there and two possessions (against) Seton Hall. They're quickly learning how valuable each possession is and how important it is to win every possession."

On the defensive impact of Madison Jones and Aaron Rountree III ...
"They got their hands on the ball and got some deflections. We got the ball in the open court and manufactured some easy points and both of those young men, Madison and Aaron, gave us some great energy. Then Tyler Cavanaugh knocked down some shots and made some hustle plays as well. (It was) just a really solid team effort."

On the key to extending the lead in the second half...
"We just continued to defend. We didn't take possessions off like we have in past games. Hopefully we're learning that. We've got to learn that. College basketball games are decided by just a couple possessions and so a couple of rebounds or loose balls or missed assignments defensively, those things add up quickly. Those are things we can control; we can't control whether the ball goes in. Some nights you just have it and some nights you just don't."

Senior Guard C.J. Harris

Freshman Forward Tyler Cavanaugh

Furman Head Coach Jeff Jackson

On Wake Forest's run to end the first half...
"I just thought we had a couple of opportunities at the end of the first half to make a couple of plays and it just didn't go our way. They got some transition baskets. We felt like up to about the two and a half minute mark of the first half we were in the game. And then we felt like we started chasing the game. And that's always tough when you're chasing the game."

On points in the paint...
"I thought their guards did a great job of penetrating. I thought Harris and Miller-McIntyre and Madison Jones got into the paint against our guards, and I thought that made a huge difference."

On overcoming Wake Forest's length...
"That's always a difference you have to be able to overcome. The way we would have to overcome that is shooting the ball a little bit better. You're going to give up some of that because of their length. The other thing is we didn't make enough baskets so we could set our defense so we're playing against them a lot in transition. A lot of the 46 paint points aren't really paint points. Half of them are transition baskets. So it's us not really having a chance to set our defense and things of that nature."¬¬

 

 

 

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