Postgame Quotes



Nov. 20, 2012

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  ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening Statement...
"We found a way to win another game, which was a very positive thing. Robert Sampson was terrific in a lot of areas tonight. I thought he was good defensively, along with 18 rebounds. In Division I, that's a lot of rebounds in a game. He had 17 points, and none came from the 3-point line. We've been trying to harp to Robert that he has the ability to score on other areas of the floor than just outside the three. He was good tonight and very active. He and [Maurice] Kemp both had double-doubles, and I thought their length and quickness were a factor tonight. We wanted to try to take away their 3-point shots, and we did for the most part, but [Nathan] Healy hurt us on a couple. We fouled too much in the second half, but we did make more foul shots than the other team attempted, and it's always a good sign if your team can do that."

On play inside the paint...
"We did get it inside, and Ty [Armstrong] was good with scoring around there, but he had some foul problems there. We wanted to go at them inside. They weren't particularly big in there, so we had an advantage. We had a problem because they were very small on the perimeter. Defensively, our big guys had a hard time because they really had no post-up game. They spread us out, and that's why we had to go a little smaller at the end of the game with Kemp and Robert at the big spots, because there were quicker and more experienced guys out there."

On team dynamics...
"At this time of the year, you're just trying to find out different things about your players and about your team, because we have a lot of new faces. We've got to get some consistent play out of our [shooting guard] position. Shamarr has not shot the ball very well, although he has played well. Paris [Roberts-Campbell] has been streaky shooting the basketball. We need to get some consistency from the shooting guard position because that helps us put some more scorers on the floor. Our guys just haven't shot very well or played as fluid offensively as I would have liked to date."

  Appalachian State Head Coach Jason Capel

"I'm proud of my guys' effort. We put ourselves in position to win the basketball game. I thought we competed and executed. We didn't make the toughest plays down the stretch to finish them off. We had our hands on rebounds that we let slip away along with missed dunks and missed layups. It definitely wasn't a 10-point game. But we're a young team, we have nine new guys, and we're learning how to win. I think we took a huge step tonight in that process. For that I'm proud. There are no moral victories, but we're walking out of here feeling like we should have won this basketball game. I give a lot of credit to East Carolina, they made the plays and the free throws down the stretch to win.

They (ECU) made the plays down the stretch, whether it was making free throws, getting offensive rebounds, or ripping balls from our hands. That's why they won. It wasn't so much execution as it was to them doing just a little bit extra to gain possession."

  Senior Forward Maurice Kemp

On fouls affecting game play
"It's tough because you want to play hard and play good defense but you also have to be smart and not get into foul trouble and take yourself out of the game."

On having a big night and the momentum going on the road next week...
"Having started out 4-0 is big for us and coach Lebo says that's something that hasn't happened very often. We're proud of that at this moment but we know we have a lot to work on and we're ready to get to it."

  Junior Forward Robert Sampson

On Appalachian State's film vs. game play
"What we saw in that game was mostly on film, maybe one or two plays we didn't notice. Kemp and I talked about one of the plays and we adjusted."

On having a big night and the momentum going on the road next week
"We're glad we got the win but we know that's not where it stops, we've got to keep on progressing. When we have a day off, we need to continue to get in the gym and shoot around like we usually do and go from there."