Nov. 16, 2012
|| ECU QUOTES
"It was a tough hard fought game. I am proud of our group to come back from a deficit of 14 points and find a way to win the game. We didn't play particularly well the first 25 minutes. I thought Greensboro came out with the right mindset. They were tough, they were physical, and they made shots in the first half. (Korey) Van Dussen had four 3s and 16 points in the first half. He hadn't made a 3 all year. Our emphasis was really on (Trevis) Simpson and (Derrell) Armstrong and taking them away and for the most part we did well at that, except for Simpson going off a little bit at the end. He can do it as good as anyone can. I don't care what level. I thought we did a good job at getting to the foul line. We shot 70 percent from the foul line, but we didn't finish off our foul shots like we would like, but we didn't put them on the foul line either, which was an emphasis."
On individual performances...
"We finally got somebody at the 2-3 spot that got going offensively, in Akeem. I saw what he could do there, shooting the basketball from the perimeter and obviously we needed somebody there because we had nobody there at that point who could make shots like that in the game. Offensively we were much crisper in the second half. (Miguel) Paul was solid, Marshall Guilmette was solid and (Mauirce) Kemp was good. Miguel had a really good line. That's what a really good guard's line looks like. Over 50 percent from the field, 3-of-5 from the 3, 7-of-8 from the line, three assists, two turnovers, six rebounds, and that's what it is suppose to look like. He didn't over penetrate; he had control going into the paint. He was really solid tonight."
| UNCG Head Coach Wes Miller
"I am incredibly proud on how my guys came into a tough environment on the road against a Conference USA team and really stayed together and fought. I thought they made great plays all over the floor on offense and defense. I've been waiting to see the team we are capable of being from an effort and together stand point. I'm excited to see that effort come together in a real game. I think it is something we can build on."
On ECU's 24-10 run to take the lead...
"Basketball is a game of runs and ECU had a big one there. I thought (Akeem) Richmond was fantastic. He had a couple of clean looks. We didn't do a great job off the stager screens coming off the corner on one of the corner. We didn't show well to get to the screen well and once the floodgates opened that's when he really hit some tough ones. You have to tip your hat to him and to Jeff's group. When they were down they didn't put their heads down. They kept playing and I thought he was the key with a couple of big three's down the stretch."
On his performance
"I'm just took what the defense gave me. We have a better offense this year and I'm able to pick and choose more when I can score. We have a lot more talent this year, and most guys are able to do different things, so I just take what they give me. Coach Lebo has us working on offense and defense every day, and focusing on not being a player of the game but becoming a student of the game."
On his first game back
"Missing the first two games, I feel like I not only let myself down, but the team, my family and the community."
On atmosphere in Minges
"I love Minges. We've been trying to get fans to come out to the games, and now they're telling us they're coming before the game is even here. I give a lot of credit to the city of Greenville, the students and Coach Lebo for allowing us to embrace them. "
On the defense led by Corvonn Gaines
"He's the anchor. He's fast, physical and he has quick hands. He's the unspoken leader on the team. He doesn't say much and is so unselfish, but he's really talented. We have a lot of athletes at different speeds. We played without fouling and they didn't shoot too many free throws until the end. If we keep [opponents] off the line and play physical defense it's going to be hard for teams to beat us at the end of the game."
On his contributions to the comeback
"I think we did an excellent job of sharing the basketball. We executed offensively, but we need to continue to work. The first 3 gave me a lot of confidence. Miguel did an excellent job of feeding me the basketball and we did an excellent job on sharing the ball."
On the level of competition
"It's a step up from Washington and Lee and Methodist. UNCG is an excellent basketball team. They're physical, they have a pretty good offense and they're tough competition."