OU-Louisiana Tech Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 30, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It was a disappointing way to finish the non-conference portion in terms of not getting the result we wanted. I thought Louisiana Tech did a great job and certainly made the plays they needed to win a ball game on the road. I applaud them for that and we have got to learn from it. We have got to work a lot harder defensively to keep the ball out of the net and the rebounds we did not get back. We have just got to make a lot of progress still and these guys will keep working at that.”

On the play design when OU trailed by two with 16 seconds left in overtime:
“(Cameron Clark) has done a really good job of attacking the rim and getting the ball in the paint. He has had a lot of success. He did not get it done on that occasion but we like having the ball in Cam’s hands at that point and seeing if he can make a play.”

On giving up an early 14-point lead:
“We opened the ball game with really good movement, making the extra pass and knocking down shots. Then the ball did not seem to move quite as well and I’m sure Louisiana Tech toughened up a little bit defensively when you’re down a few. The combination of those two things allowed them to get back in the ball game and make a good run there to end the first half.”

On the final possession of regulation:
“Well at that point you are down three, so, you don’t have a lot you can do. You push the ball and try to get to a point where you can leave it to maybe get a 3. As it turned out Jordan (Woodard) surprisingly came open. He looked surprised a little bit that he came open. He got a good look at it then (Cameron Clark) had really good awareness to not grab the rebound and score. He knew he had to get to the 3-point line and did that and knocked down a tough shot.”

On taking learning points away from the loss:
“We have got to make progress in everything. When you lose a ball game it sinks in a little bit deeper perhaps. Anytime you give up points, you have got to start there. We have got to start guarding people better and working harder to keep the ball out of the paint and out of the net. You just can’t feel real good about what we are doing defensively. We have got to work hard to make big strides quickly.”

On opening up conference play against Texas:
“Texas is playing great. They have really had a good push here as of late, playing good basketball. On the road to open Big 12 play, that challenge is going to be huge and we have a few days to prepare for that.”

Senior Forward Cameron Clark
On tonight’s loss:
“This is big but I think it’ll be a great learning experience for us. This loss can teach us a lot of things. We’re just going to get back in the gym and work on things, like defense and just being tougher.”

On his game-tying shot at the end of regulation:
“Like Coach said, Jordan [Woodard] shot it and I knew we needed a 3 to tie so I got the rebound. I thought about going for two but then I went to the 3(-point line) and was able to knock it down.”

Sophomore Forward Ryan Spangler
On tonight’s loss:
“It’s hard but I think it just shows us the things we need to work on to compete with the big teams. We didn’t get it done tonight, but we’re going to work through that.”

On his 20-point, 13-rebound performance:
“Obviously, it wasn’t good enough. We got the loss. There are things I need to work on; it doesn’t matter what the stats say. I can always get more rebounds, help my guards when they need it. I struggled with that today. I need to work on things.”

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Michael White
On the team’s multiple comebacks tonight:
“To overcome all of the adversities that we had to overcome, I’m just extremely proud. We have a physically tough group but I thought our mental toughness was off the charts tonight.”

On sophomore guard Alex Hamilton:
“Alex was phenomenal. He couldn’t find a rhythm in the first half, but in the second half he put us on his back and just made a ton of plays offensively. He’s got great playmaking skills and he was able to get in the paint a lot, convert a lot, and draw fouls. As good as he was in the second half, I thought Cordarius Johnson was equally as good in the first half by keeping us in the game because it could have been ugly early.”

On what they did to get back in it after being down 14:
“I think more than anything we just settled in offensively. We had some looks at the basket and from beyond the arc early that didn’t fall and I think it made us a little tentative offensively. It’s hard as a pressing team to play with the same amount of intensity and have the same energy level when you’re not making shots. It’s impossible to get in your press when you don’t score. It’s just simply making some shots, converting from two and from three. It allowed us to set up our press and get a couple of turnovers. Then it became a competitive game.”

On how they handled Jordan Woodard:
“I thought we did a good job on Woodard in the backcourt and that’s our strength. In the frontcourt late in the game he had his way with getting to the rim, drawing fouls, getting too deep. He’s a handful. He’s very crafty, very intelligent and really knows how to use his body. Obviously with the amount of fouls he is drawing you have to know how to play. He’s mature beyond his years.”

On Cameron Clark’s buzzer-beater to send it to overtime:
“It was definitely deflating to say the least. I thought the game was over. As deflated as I was, I can’t imagine how deflated our guys were. So again to regroup and to play with the amount of mental toughness they played with in the extra period was really impressive.”



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