Feb. 7, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright
Q: Do you see why you had to battle from behind early on?
"I don't know what to say. It is just a team that is learning how to play together. I thought in the second half we did a great job finding the right guys, making the extra passes and playing aggressively defensively. We didn't start the game that way. We were tentative defensively. It is just experience. It is great to have the young guys on the floor, Ty [Johnson], Ach [Achraf Yacoubou] and J.P. [JayVaughn Pinkston] at the end. It was really cool and I think it is going to be good for us in the long run. We just have to build on this."
Q: What happened to Maalik [Wayns] out there?
"He said there was a play in the first half when he got trapped. He came out of the trap and felt his knee tweak. When he started the second half and went up for that breakaway layup he felt it again. I know our trainer was being cautious because it was the knee. He definitely said the ACL was intact."
Q: JayVaughn had 17 points in the second half and the last nine points in the second half. Can you talk about that?
"I think part of the first half we didn't have him and Bell [James] because of foul trouble. We had Maalik in foul trouble in the first half too. The second half J.P. went eight for nine from the foul line and they were all big free throws. It shows you how hard the kid worked. You just get special guys sometimes and he is so coachable. It is amazing, that whatever you tell him to do. He just has the greatest attitude."
Villanova Guard Dominic Cheek
Q: What was going through your mind when the score was 60-41?
"Well something always goes through my mind. We are just going to keep grinding it out and play 40 minutes of Villanova basketball. That is what got us back in the game."
Q: What did you guys do differently that you haven't done before?
"I don't think we did anything different. We just came into our locker room and stuck to the game plan. We just came out in the second half more aggressive and more together on defense."
Q: Was there a specific adjustment on defense in the second half?
"Cotton got hot in the first half, but we stuck to the game plan, like I said. We adjusted more to him when the ball got to him on the side. We denied him a little more."
Q: How were you able to persevere when Maalik went out?
"He is a big part of our team. We could have used him out there today, but we all just stepped up today. JayVaughn stepped big today."
Q: He scored [JayVaughn Pinkston] the last nine points of the game and had 17 points in the second half. Can you talk about what you saw from him?
"JayVaughn is coming along great. He is getting in better shape. We expect him to do that every night for us. He showed everyone tonight that he can do that."
Villanova Forward JayVaughn Pinkston
Q: When Maalik went out did you have to carry the offense?
"No not really. I'm just going out there and doing what we need to do."
Q: You seem to get the ball a lot in the key and then drive into the lane.
"I just saw an opening. Once I see an opening, I am taking the drive."
Q: Talk about physically how you were able to keep going after it.
"I was just going out there and playing basketball. My team needed me, so I had to step up."
Providence Head Coach Ed Cooley
Q: It was the tale of two halves. What happened there in the second half?
"Our team doesn't know how to win yet and found a way to lose. I need to do a better job with this group and put them in position to win basketball games. This clearly is a very, very disappointing loss. Villanova played with more tenacity and more urgency. They did a really good job trapping the ball and trying to keep it out of Vince's [Council] hands. Our players have to feel a sense of urgency when you get a team on the ropes on the road. I thought we still had shots at the rim and chances to score."
Q: Cotton had only two points in the second half.
"They did a good job and had attention to him. He gave us a good lift early. Jay is a hell of a coach and made a couple adjustments. They were guarding ball screens well. I have to do a better job. This loss is on me and not the players."