Dec. 3, 2012
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Coach Fisher, Tapley, Stephens
SAN DIEGO --
San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher
From the postgame press conference
"I was very pleased with the way we began the game. As concerned as you always are when you're coming off a big win and everybody says, `Let's not worry about the next four or five, let's enjoy the most recent victory," that they're going to believe it. I thought we played hard and smart early. They missed some hard shots, maybe missed some pretty good shots, but second half we did not do nearly as well with our defense. I watched tape on them in two or three games, where they made basket after basket, hard baskets. We gave them too many easy baskets in the second half. 46 points (on) 58-percent (shooting), that's too much. It will be a good teaching tool. I think it was mental fatigue more than anything. So we got to say, `That's unacceptable,' `We got to be happy for the win.' They are quick and athletic and they did to us what we have tried to do to people who switch a lot of ball screens. They knew what they wanted to do. They wanted to make a switch and attack a bigger guy on one of the really quick guards and they did a nice job with that and made us pay on it. So (I'm) pleased with the victory. I thought Dwayne Polee II probably had is most significant minutes in a game and he performed well, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. I thought he played under control and did a nice job for us. DeShawn (Stephens) has become more of an offensive threat, which is always good to see. Chase (Tapley) made his first two and then missed about seven in a row and then started on that streak at the end. I like our team. We've got to be not satisfied when we're not playing perfect. They have to understand that because I expect us and think that we can get better. Happy to be 6-1 though and looking forward to Santa Barbara on Thursday and we've always had problems with Santa Barbara."
On what grade he would give his team tonight:
"I don't like to do that, I really don't. I would probably give us a good solid `B' in the first half. I think the coach didn't do a very good job of getting them ready for the second half, so I'll give myself a `D' in the second half and give them a `C, minus, minus.'
On Jamaal Franklin:
"He plays all over the floor. He's always around the ball, pursues the ball. He's a good player. What I love about Jamaal is he is much more willing to take a deep breath and listen when stressful times hit. He got a technical foul tonight and you can't do that. I think he was mad at himself. But you can't do that and he knew it immediately, but you can't do it. I will say this, he comes over to me and talks about things as we're coming off the floor for timeouts about things that he feels and sees out there to give me nuggets to talk about in the huddle. He's a very cerebral player that is hungry to get better."
From the postgame radio interview
On the game:
"Out of the gate we did a really good job defensively. We forced them to take hard shots, and they weren't going in. We were not able to sustain and maintain that in the second half. I thought we gave them too many layups. Today there were good teaching points, and we are going to look at that in film."
On Dwayne Polee II:
"I liked what we got from Dwayne Polee. Tonight he got a chance to play and he is such a great kid that it was wonderful to see him come out and make his first basket. He is such a great kid that you want him to be successful."
On Texas Southern:
"They did not give up an inch. They fought and fought and fought tonight. Mike Davis has done a great job coaching there. That is a team I will follow now from a distance."
On Texas Southern's guards:
"They are athletic and very quick. They did to us what we have done to other people. (Fred) Sturdivant took away six layups. I thought we were going to have six baskets and he took them from the rim. He did it with a flare that tells me he has done it before and will do it again."
On the win:
"This was a good and important win for us. We have to learn from it and get ready for the next game."
San Diego State senior guard Chase Tapley
On playing tonight without having a day of practice:
"It's not hard when you have veterans, a team that's been there, done that, and freshmen who are playing like veterans. For our coaches to have us prepared yesterday, with having that film session coming off that UCLA win, we needed that rest before the game and they knew we were going to be focused and dialed in at the shoot-around. That's what we did. We came out and just performed. "
On what the team needs to improve on:
"I would say still our defensive rebounding. They got some key offensive rebounds. I think we need to work on transitioning and getting everybody back and just communicating on the switches defensively. Overall, I think we need to keep getting better each and every day as we go to practice."
On Dwayne Polee II:
"In practice, he stays late working on his jump shot. He is one of those guys that just wants to be out there. Whatever he can do to help the team win, he's going to do it. Every game he's been in, I swear he hasn't missed a shot. The shots he takes are high and the shots go in. He was 3-for-4 today and I don't even remember him missing a shot. Defensively, he's long and athletic so he's just all over the court and just a great guy that can do more."
San Diego State senior forward DeShawn Stephens
On the team's performance tonight:
"I'm not really sure. I think at times we were good and at times we were bad. We made mistakes. At other times we capitalized on the mistakes we made. I don't really know, I'm not a teacher. I think I would probably rate us a high C or low B, something like that. (I'm) trying to be modest."
Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis
On the game:
"(SDSU) kind of overwhelmed us in the first half. They're very talented and they have guys that can make plays. They made plays down the stretch to really help them keep the lead over 10 points. I thought the first half was a disaster, and I had a lot to do with that because our guys were so uncomfortable with their size and their trapping. They have some very good basketball players and I think they're by far the best team in California. I've watched them play, I've watched them on film, and they can turn it up at any time. They have a lot of guys that can turn it up. (Jamaal) Franklin and those guys made some big-time plays. Our guys played tough, but great players make plays, and that's what they did."
On atmosphere at Viejas Arena:
"Beautiful, it's first class. For (fans) to come out to our game is really big. It gives the players something to play for. They stayed until the very end and cheered all the way through the game. It's one of the best I've seen."
Texas Southern senior forward Fred Sturdivant
On TSU's strong second half:
"We came out flat in the first half. Second half, we picked the energy up. We knew we were capable. We know we're a good team when we play with energy and effort."
On bouncing back after a slow start:
"Coach was telling us we had to come out with a lot of energy, and it took us about eight minutes. The difference (in the second half) was we weren't taking bad shots. We were playing together and running in transition. We were doing everything we're supposed to do. Basically, we were just running our system, and we when do that, good things happen for us."
On what makes SDSU so good:
"They're a talented team. I'll give it to them. They're really talented and they play hard."
On dealing with SDSU's size:
"The size for the guards was really a difference. The main thing is to box out when you're playing against size. Size kind of played a part (in the game), but it really didn't."