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Post-Game Quotes

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Post-Game Quotes

Arkansas vs. LSU

Feb. 20, 2008

Post-Game Quotes

Arkansas Head Coach John Pelphrey

“Breaking our two-game losing streak was certainly something we wanted to do. LSU is a tough team, we were fortunate that we were able to shoot so well from three-point range and that our defense looked so good.”

“This team plays its best when it is on edge. It’s unfortunate that we had to lose two games to get that edge back.”

“We shot well from the three-point line today. We wanted to be aggressive and knock down some of those big shots.”

“Free throws are very important if we want to win, especially on the road. They are something that it is very important for us to focus on.”

(On Kentucky)”I didn’t even notice that they were up next. We try to focus on what is right in front of us and go one game at a time. Going into my alma mater, it means so much for me to go in there and win. It will be a big road challenge, but we are excited and ready to go.”

Arkansas Players

Patrick Beverley, G

“We have to go out and play with the same intensity Saturday against Kentucky. We had good guard play tonight because Gary and (Stefan) really stepped up big for us.”

Stefan Welsh, G

“I didn’t even know (about the 21-0 run). I looked up and we were up by seven. I looked up again and we were up by 20. We just started knocking down our shots.”

“It’s good to get a win tonight, but now we have to look forward to Kentucky. It’s time to get back to the drawing board for Saturday.”

Darian Townes, F/C

“The next challenge (at Kentucky) is where we are focused now. We played well tonight, but we know we have a big game Saturday at Rupp Arena.”

Gary Ervin, G

“It’s all about confidence. When you’re playing great defense and able to penetrate the gaps and kick it out, it gives you the confidence to knock down those shots.”

“It was a must-win for us and we had great practice in preparation for this game.”

LSU HEAD COACH BUTCH PIERRE

“Give Arkansas a lot of credit for coming out and playing a tough ballgame tonight. They have some of the best guards in the league, and at times look like one of the best back courts in the country. This is the type of team that can scare you come tournament time.”

“Not having [Marcus] Thornton hurt us tonight. I think Arkansas probably came in planning on making him their main focus, and not having him in there definitely hurt us.”

“They (Arkansas) shot in rhythm all night, and we were having trouble getting open looks. When we did get an open look, we just couldn’t seem to knock it down. Our boys never gave up. They kept fighting despite Arkansas’ fast start.”

LSU Players

G Garrett Temple

“We just let them (Arkansas) get that dribble penetration and our guards were not able to stop that tonight.”

“Their defense was able to turn a lot of our turnovers into offensive baskets. We weren’t as focused as we should have been. I know why it’s so hard to win on the road, especially as a young team like us.”

G Terry Martin

“We didn’t protect the ball tonight. Turnovers turned into easy baskets for (Arkansas). “

(On Arkansas 21-0 run) “It wasn’t a helpless feeling. Most of the time we’ve been able to come back (from big deficits). This was the first time we just got punched in the mouth.”



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