ECU, Duke Postgame Quotes



Nov. 20, 2013

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East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Opening Statement
"I'm disappointed in the loss, but, boy we played awfully hard, took it to the wire and won the position game. I think that, with around three minutes to go, we were still in the game. You have to like where you are there on the road with a young team in this environment and on this stage with guys that haven't played a lot. Our kids competed awfully hard, understood our game plan and did a good job of executing it, beating them off the dribble to the rim area and we finished much better than we have in the past. We just had a hard time containing [Rodney] Hood and obviously [Jabari] Parker. Those two guys were just terrific. But we did a good job defending the three point line, mixing them in the zone, but they're an excellent scoring team. I think they made the first 11 of their shots to start the game. I was proud of our team to withstand that. A lot of teams in here have buckled under that barrage of offense. We shot 47 percent [sic], and that's pretty good for us in here. They're a great basketball team, a very talented team and hopefully we can build off of that as a program."

On the Pirates' effort throughout the game
"We can draw a lot from this. Our kids playing on this stage, in this tournament, we don't get a chance to do this that often. We can draw a lot of positives when we watch the tape. I think we can get some confidence from that, and then we have to be able to build upon it. We just can't say, `Hey, we played well and we're done for the year.'"

On the game answering questions coming into the year
"Well, it does, but we have to build upon it. We have a long way to go. We're proud. I thought Prince [Williams] played great and Paris [Campbell] - good toughness. We had to go small to put extra ball handlers on the floor, put some extra drivers on the floor for us. The way they guarded the Akeem [Richmond], they face guarded him so it opened up some lanes for us. So I thought these guys really did a good job. We knew if we could make three or four passes - that was what we had to do - and then the question was could we finish it. We did a much better job of doing that after the first eight minutes."

On East Carolina's fans
"We have great fans. The Pirate Nation will come ... come to football, come to basketball. We appreciate those that found a way to get in tonight."

On games like this helping with recruiting
"Well I don't know, but I hope that they'll pay dividends somehow. Being on ESPN and playing well, I think they will. We won't know until a couple of years down the road but ... Rodney Hood was terrific. I recruited his brother, Ricky Hood, when I was at Chattanooga. Rodney, when I went to his home, Rodney was just a little kid. How about him coming back to haunt me? A 30 point night - he was terrific tonight. He's a great kid and he's going to have an outstanding career here [and] when he decides to go on to the next level."

On playing so well in the atmosphere of Cameron Indoor Stadium
"Hopefully we can build upon it and we can grow with it. We'll draw some confidence. Our young kids haven't played on this stage. I think they proved that they can play in a game. Now can we be consistent is the question."

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Opening Statement
"Well, that was a pretty good game. It was a great game. First of all, East Carolina was terrific. We were good; we were not bad. In fact, we were terrific for the first 16 minutes, up 41-23. When someone is terrific, it doesn't mean they are just terrific in how they play; they are terrific in their resolve. So they came in undefeated and they came back for two of their wins from large deficits. We kept reminding our guys that this team is not going to go away.

"All of the sudden they stay in there and they're playing real well and there is an incredible amount of game pressure. You can cut it with a knife, and I'm proud of my guys because we responded and they never stopped playing well. It wasn't like somebody let up or made a mistake or a turnover or anything like that. They were absolutely terrific. What great kids they have and what great kids we have. It was a heck of a basketball game. We could not have had a better opponent, a classier opponent, or a better game to build on than we did tonight."

On the team's energy
"We brought a lot of energy. The last two nights, we've played our butts off. This is not about Duke not playing. We played hard tonight and we played hard last night. Our team was up to play and they respected the heck out of East Carolina. Don't undersell what they did by saying we weren't. We were ready and we played hard. I thought we brought great energy, but so did they. This was a really good basketball game."

On East Carolina fans
"I love the East Carolina fans. For years, we had a place out on Emerald Isle and some of the greatest people in the world are East Carolina fans. I almost gave them a big treat tonight. They would've welcomed me back to the beach and probably have given me a few bottles of wine. East Carolina is a terrific school and those kids are good. They are lucky to have Jeff, who is one of the better coaches."

Sophomore Guard Prince Williams
On using fouls and the free throw line to their advantage
"That was our game plan, coming in. We know they like to deny the wings and when Akeem [Richmond]'s out there, they hugged up on us so that gives a lot of room to operate. We wanted to attack them, get to the free throw line, finish."

Junior Guard Paris Campbell
On the energy coming into the second half
"I think to start the game we were a little shell-shocked maybe. Like Coach said, they made their first 11 shots. Once we started getting a few stops and seeing the ball go through the basket on our end, I think that just fueled our fans and our bench. We got into it and realized we really could play with these guys."

On the experience of playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium
"Definitely a great experience playing at Cameron Indoor. Since I was little, I would always see Duke. They were always ranked high, winning championships. I always wanted to play here and I'm glad I finally got the chance to. Wish it came with a win though."