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December 8, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - "To say that we were disappointed would be an understatement for Saturday night's performance. Those are just games that you don't lose at home. That's the worst performance we've had against a basketball team against that caliber of opponent since my first year. You have to give them a lot of credit. They hit shots. But what happens in a game like that when you don't take care of your own business and you're not ready to play, luck comes into play and they certainly had good luck. They banked in two threes and they hit a couple of shots falling down. But you have to give them credit for what they did. I'm really disappointed in the way we performed. But we've got to turn our attention to TCU. As I told our team yesterday, if you stay ready you don't gave to get ready. Obviously we weren't ready and that is part of my responsibility to get these guys ready to play. This will be our toughest challenge on Tuesday night against TCU. They have a great inside out combination with the point guard Prince Fowler whose very good, excellent penetrator, can shoot, and everybody knows about Lee Naylon inside who is one of the great scorers in the country. So it will be a challenge, but it will also be an opportunity for us and then we'll see what we're made of and how we respond to what happened on Saturday night and what kind of resiliency that we have."

"On defending Lee Naylon: One of the things that we don't want to do is just be so conscious of him that we let other people really hurt us. I don't think you can go out and let him get 40. We'd like to make him work for everything that he gets. Certainly we talk to all of our big people, put different people on him. We'll try to give him different looks so that he doesn't get in a rhythm. You're not going to stop a great player like that. I hope that he has a bad night, misses a few shots along with some different looks that we can give him. We've really got to play sound on the other players that they have. From our perspective we've just got to hook it up and go play and do some things that good teams need to do: rebound the basketball better on the defensive end, make sure that we execute in our half court offense, take good care of the basketball."

On Saturday night's loss to SFA: "I don't think there's any question that we weren't ready to play. I don't want to take anything away from Stephen F. Austin, but the bottom line is that's a game that you've got to win at home. You should win and we didn't. A lot of things can happen on the road, but those kinds of things should never happen at home. But I think with the exception of Andy (Ellis) in the first half and Rayford (Young) that we didn't show up and play. I'm talking about one through nine and we played a lot of people. If somebody's not playing well then you've got to come off the bench and somebody's got to give you a lift. We're not quite back to the level that we need to be. We don't quite have the edge that we had two years ago and that's where some of our older players have got to step up and our younger players have got to understand the importance and the opportunity and the honor and responsibility when you put on that uniform you've got to play."

On Rayford Young: "I think in the last two games Rayford has been closer to what we want him to be in terms of production and being a leader on the court. I think it is very difficult to be a vocal leader when you're not playing well and when you're turning the ball over as many times as he was turning it over. Stanley certainly leads by example on the court, but we need some vocal leadership as well off the floor and then in the locker room when we're not playing well that we can have somebody get the players attention and get them ready to play. It's difficult to understand from the coaching perspective why you have games when you're flat. It occurs in all sports. I know it has to do with attitude and how you approach the game and sometimes you struggle."

"We're not good enough to think how nice a win that was on Thursday or look forward to TCU. You've got to get them one at a time and when you want to get to 20 wins and have a chance to be in post-season you've got to play well in December and chalk up some victories and those are two games, Southwest Louisiana and Stephen F., that we'll look back on and we'll be lucky if they don't haunt us."

 

 

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