TCU-Cal Poly Postgame Quotes

Nov. 9, 2012

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TCU 53, Cal Poly 46
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Nov. 9, 2012
Attendance: 4,494

TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
Opening statement:
“The good thing is we won. We as a group are not satisfied with the way that we played. We have practiced a lot better. We had a lot of breakdowns defensively, but the bottom line is we found a way to win the game. One of the things I addressed to them is we are going to be in our share of close games this year, and finding a way to win is important. We have tomorrow off, but we will come back Sunday at and get after it and get ready for a similar team (Centenary) on Monday. And, I might add this, there's a disposition about this group that I feel really good about in terms of not being happy with the way that they played, and that's important in moving forward.”

On what he sees as areas for improvement:
“Bottom line is we got out rebounded at home. We had a lot of shots offensively that we didn't finish in the lane at times and that’s part of what you need to understand. Everything for them is a whole new system. Everything is teaching, “I'm getting aggressive with them just like they are getting aggressive with me.” We need to outrebound teams at home and we don't play like we practice.”


On his team’s performance:
"I think we have a lot to work on. It's going to take time, faster than hopefully what we say. We got the ‘W,’ so that's all that matters. It's all that matters."

On pulling to within one point with 2:24 remaining:
“It was tough as a coach, because we exerted so much energy at times in that second half. We got down by eight, had to kind of claw back, grind it, scratch it, and I think once we got to that point where we hit that shot, I think we ran out of gas for it. They executed down the stretch. They made some key plays and powered (inside), then dropped a couple free throws. We weren’t able to answer, and threw up some desperation shots. But I was pleased.”

On what was tough about TCU’s defensive play:
“Their initial defensive stance, positioning, getting through those screens. We tried to get through specific actions—getting through a down screen, and slipping and getting the defense to jump out a little bit. But they were really good about being disciplined on defense and not giving us a cheap basket here and there. We ended up settling for pick-and-pop shots.”

On the physicality of the game:
“For us, I thought it was really going to come down to an inside presence, where you have to make some inside plays, some gut plays. We just were able to finish through contact, but I give them credit – I thought they were able to finish tough plays through contact and make some tough plays down the stretch. It really comes down to that.”



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