OU-George Mason Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 08, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It was a good battle all the way. I thought we created a little bit of a margin midway in the first half and pretty much played with that the rest of the way; but still right on the verge of George Mason getting back in it all the way. That’s what Coach (Paul) Hewitt’s teams always do. They fought very hard and gave themselves a chance there inside the last three minutes. Again, proud of our guys. Good learning experience for us. A lot of things we still need to work on, but guys are making progress every day, and I look forward to getting back to practice and making some more.”

On handling George Mason’s press:
“Didn’t handle the pressure very well at all. Hadn’t been pressed that much on the year. It’s certainly something we clearly need to work on and be a lot better prepared to handle the next time. But when you get in a game like this and are able to learn from it and still not pay for it with a loss, you feel good about that. We will get back and watch film and guys have got to be a lot stronger with the ball and our spacing has got to be a lot better, and we will improve in that area.”

On the team’s defensive performance:
“Our activity was pretty good I thought throughout. That made stretches where defensively we were pretty active. We did a good job on the boards. They got a few second-shot opportunities, but for the most part I thought activity was pretty good defensively and pretty sound.”

On the low 3-point shooting percentage:
“Certainly, you always want to shoot it better, but they’ve shot it consistently all year. I thought several early, especially, we didn’t have real good rhythm when we took them. It’s hard to make shots when you don’t have good rhythm. This club has shot it pretty well on the year, and we expect to continue to do that. But still, we have to be selective and continue to get more rhythm shots.”

On playing at a fast pace:
“We are certainly more comfortable with pace to the game, no question about that. Haven’t really had many teams slow it down yet. Our guys in transition are certainly at their most comfortable pace getting the ball off the board and going. This game had a little bit of awkward slow to it it did seem, but we were able to create margin and we were able to run, so we will have to keep working on that.”

Sophomore Forward Ryan Spangler
On OU’s offensive rebounding and second-chance points:
“I think we always try to do that. One of our goals going into every game is to outrebound every team. (With) offensive rebounds you get easy points, so I think we just all try to do that.”



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