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Post-Game Quotes

Post-Game Quotes

Arkansas vs. Appalachian State

Dec. 22, 2007

Post-Game Quotes

Arkansas Head Coach John Pelphrey

“Even though the outcome of the game wasn’t what we wanted, the atmosphere was pretty special and it was exciting for us. We couldn’t make enough shots today, but the fans really helped us battle back.”

“Give Appalachian St. a lot of credit. (Donald) Sims and (Donte) Minter had huge games offensively and we just couldn’t get the job done.”

“I thought our execution was good throughout the game. However, the free throw line was tough for us all the way through.”

“On paper, we were supposed to beat Appalachian St. and we didn’t. They ran the clock on us and are a very guard-oriented team with two big bodies down low.”

“[Patrick] Beverley has good energy and brings a good vibe to the team, especially on defense. So not having him in the game early really hurt us.”

Arkansas Players

Marcus Britt, G

“We are going to have to come back on the 26th and work hard and get better as a team. It is a must from here on out that we come out with a better attitude if we are going to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Charles Thomas, F

“(Appalachian State) came out ready to play. When you shoot 66% percent from the field, it’s going to be hard to lose.”

(On Patrick Beverly receiving two early fouls)

“It was very difficult. He brings a lot to the table not only with his attitude but most importantly with his ability.”

Sonny Weems, F

“We had our chances a few times to put them away behind our home crowd but just couldn’t do it.”

(On the comparison of Appalachian State’s Victory over Michigan in Football)

“We cannot look at that as any kind of comparison at all because we are Arkansas not Michigan. We just have to come out next time and play with more emotion.”

Appalachian St. Coach Houston Fancher

“This was a super win for the kids and our program and I thought they played extremely hard. In the games we lost, we folded down the stretch particularly when we started to turn the ball over. Today we showed a lot of poise in a hostile environment.”

“The game could have gotten out of hand early because of the easy baskets we were giving to Arkansas. Coming into the game, two things we really wanted to focus on were mixing defenses and eliminating layups. I was shocked early on when we gave up several easy baskets, but we were able to put a stop to that in the second half.”

“Sometimes the best defense is a patient offense. Late in the shot clock we wanted to get the ball down in the post and let our big guys try and make a play.”

Appalachian St. Players

F Donte Minter

“We have competed in every first half this year, but in the second half we have had letdowns. Today we played 40 minutes and came out with the win.”

“We had some big time victories last year, but this is our first one this year. We wanted to be patient and hoped to wear them down with about 25 to 30 seconds left in the shot clock.”

“When they made their runs, we had to stay calm. We knew the crowd would be on us early and throughout the game so we kept our poise, fortunately.”

G Donald Sims

“In the early part of the season we had chemistry problems due to the number of new guys that are playing this year. Hopefully after this game we will gain some confidence and start playing more consistently.”

“Coach (Houston Fancher) said to make them guard us for a full possession and try to get it into the post late in the shot clock.”

“We slowed them down with the zone and made them execute their offense.”

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