Nov. 9, 2007
Villanova head coach Jay Wright...
Opening statement: It wasn't pretty but that was a good start for us. We have a lot of work to do. I probably was going to say that whatever happened tonight because it's the truth. [The team] needs to go through some experiences together. Stony Brook has some tough, gritty guards and they did a good job of controlling the tempo in the first half. They were a little too quick for us to speed things up on them. They controlled the tempo but we gutted it out and it was good for us to do that. Stony Brook shot 51 percent so that means we have some work to do defensively, but you have to give them some credit. I like their team. They are tough.
On preparing for Stony Brook given the recent parity in college basketball: As coaches what we do for a living is to prepare the team for games and we enjoy doing that while the players play. You look at every team and know that something like that can happen. We prepare for every team like they are UCLA. You sometimes get tired of me saying that but we really do and we enjoy that.
On Shane Clark: Shane was big for us tonight. All of us in our program kind of expect that from Shane because we have watched him over the years but in the last two seasons he has accepted a role that needed to be filled. It didn't surprise anyone in our program that he had a game like this but I am happy for him that it happened tonight. We need Shane to be that kind of player for us. I think it is good for him that it happened tonight; it could have happened in the next game or something like that.
Villanova junior forward Shane Clark...
On his approach to the game after missing exhibition game with left thumb sprain: I was just trying to be aggressive and look for shots. I wanted to help my teammates out any way that I could. My hand feels pretty good, just a little sore.