Arkansas vs. Southern Mississippi
November 30, 2005
Arkansas Head Coach Stan Heath
“I thought we played really well tonight. We played start to finish with a lot of hustle. We knew it was going to be hard to get inside against Southern Miss but I thought we did a pretty good job. We got after it defensively. It was a total team effort tonight.
“Dontell (Jefferson) racked up the assists tonight with eight more and zero turnovers. He is a good leader and does a good job directing traffic and getting the ball to the right people.
“Vincent (Hunter) had a lot of energy tonight and I was impressed with his 10 points. He had some good put-back shots. He gives a different dimension when he is on the court. All in all, everybody did a nice job tonight.”
Arkansas Player Quotes
Guard Jonathon Modica
“I just went out there and played my game. Fortunately, I got some open shots tonight and I just knocked them down.
“It was good to get Vincent back playing well. He didn’t go out there just to take up space, he went out there to dominate and he did a good job.
“I’m just trying to take what is given to me. I’m feeling confident right now. I’m feeling good.”
Center Steven Hill
“After we got that rest from Maui, we were fully recovered and we came out here with a lot of energy. Hopefully we will continue that the rest of the season.
“Ronnie did a great job tonight, moving his feet on defense and on the glass. He was very versatile and did what we needed him to do.”
Guard Ronnie Brewer
“Coach wanted me to get my teammates more involved and I felt like I did that in the first half.
“I think we had a couple of days of good practice and recovered from the Maui trip. We came out here and played well.”
Southern Mississippi Head Coach Larry Eustachy
“When you play against guys like Ronnie Brewer and Jonathon Modica it’s going to be a struggle. I like the pressure that (Craig) Craft gave us tonight.
“We battled physically tonight. We tied in rebounds. What I like about our team is our potential. Right now we’ve got young guys playing against older guys.
“This is a difficult schedule. We are a huge victim of our schedule.
“These guys don’t know, they don’t know what it takes. We are dealing with some great kids that are infants. They are in the infant stages right now.
“Our goal is to have a great December. We want to get in this league and beat some teams in this league.”
Southern Mississippi Player Quotes
Guard Courtney Beasley
“We have to learn from our mistakes. We only have two true seniors. This game was hard but should make are program better.”
Forward Shawn Simpson
“They shot 60 percent from the field, you can’t beat that. They are a tough team and tonight was their night. If you sum it up, it comes down to as a team we have to play better.”