Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saint Joseph's 82, Fordham 60: Quotes From Jeff Neubauer

Fordham head coach Jeff Neubauer's opening statement:
"Firstly, St. Joe's is a terrific basketball team. Coach Martelli has been doing this for a long time, and he's got those guys playing really well. They play as unselfishly as anyone in the country, they share the ball, they pass the ball; but most importantly, their defense is really unselfish as well, so St. Joe's is a great basketball team. With that being said, this is certainly not what we want our program to be. We expect to be a lot better than this."

On whether today's game was similar to the Richmond game on January 10, where Fordham was done in by three-point shooting as they were today, (Saint Joseph's shot 11-of-24 from beyond the arc) to some degree:
"It's actually different. I understand the analogy, and there are some similarities, but the Richmond game, the first 12-13 minutes of the Richmond game is as well as we've played. Offensively, we were sizzling, and we were able to get stops. In this game, we simply got some stops early, meaning maybe they missed some shots, whatever it is, but we played great the first 12 or 13 minutes of the Richmond game. I don't know if we could say that here today."

On Christian Sengfelder (16 points) stepping up in the absence of Mandell Thomas:
"We need consistency, it's what we're looking for. Christian had a great night, and he has been a terrific teammate and he is a huge part of what we're doing here. We need consistency, so tonight, we had two guys, Ryan (Rhoomes) and Chris, that were able to produce offensively. We need to have a night where five and six guys produce offensively."

On whether a team like Saint Joseph's is an intimidating or motivating matchup:
"I don't think it's either. It's not intimidating, we didn't mention it to our team. What it shows, though, is they have a basketball style that will travel, and what that means is they don't foul, so when you play a defense that is as good and effective as their defense that doesn't foul, that means you can be successful on the road, and then again, the unselfish part, the fact that they don't rely on one or two guys. I do understand in the league play, they've got two guys averaging 18 (points) a game, they don't rely on those two guys. They always have five offensive players on the court."

On offensive struggles in the second half:
"That's kind of been the story of our season, is that we don't have great value for the basketball. We had 14 more turnovers tonight, and we don't shoot the ball very well. Unfortunately, that is our challenge we've got to improve, and I've got to coach those things better."

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