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Villanova/Penn Post-Game Quotes

Dec. 4, 2013

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Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright
Opening statement:
"We certainly didn't play a pretty game, but when that happens, it's always the other team who plays well. We were a little bit off our game, but they were really good. They executed, they played harder than us so we don't look good. I think they played harder than us, I thought they executed better. I think we had bigger players and made some shots and some plays. But I give them credit. We're going to learn from this - that's what the season is. We've got to keep moving on and learning from every experience."

On overcoming the slow start:
"I think we have certain players who can just take over. Darrun [Hilliard] at points, JayVaughn [Pinkston] at points, [James Bell] at points. They've got some younger guys. We've got some older guys that when they want to turn it on, can go turn it on. I think that's what happened. That's not a good plan for success."

On Villanova's play:
"I was so confident in the way we played consistently and the depth we had in the Bahamas. [Mouphataou Yarou] was on the court before the game, and I shook Mouph's hand and said, `This is your team. Watch these guys play.' I was so confident we were going to come out and play with great aggressiveness, great intensity, and we didn't. There are no sandwich games for us. This is a big game for us. Every time we get a chance to play, it's a big game for us. You have to give Penn credit. They start [Tony] Bagtas - I never even saw that guy on film. He did a hell of a job. He controlled the ball, he controlled the tempo. We couldn't get anything with him. We went where he wanted to go. It's not just us - they did a really good job. We didn't get the ball inside, we just settled for jump shots every time. Again, just attention to detail."

On defense:
"We did a decent job defensively, I didn't think we were horrible. We had a lot of good possessions defensively but you put up three possessions and then give up an easy basket. Put up three possessions and they get an offensive rebound. It just wasn't consistent every possession.

On being ranked:
"I like being ranked. I really do. I think it's great for the school, our conference; it's great for the fans, Philadelphia basketball. There's nothing bad about it. This doesn't have anything to do with it, just the commitment to play every game, every possession the same way. We could've lost; I'd be saying the same thing. We could've won by 30, if they played that way. It's not the score or anything - you saw it. We had 15 turnovers. It was just sloppy. If we would've come in sloppy and they didn't play well, it wouldn't have been anything. They played well."

Junior Guard Darrun Hilliard
On the game:
"I don't think the Bahamas gave us a big head, but you can't look past anyone. Penn is a good team. It's a good learning experience. We're going to get back to work tomorrow and get ready to play Saturday."

Penn Head Coach Jerome Allen

Opening statement: I thought that we kept digging ourselves in a hole and trying to battle back to make it a couple possessions game. Our guys played with the right energy and effort. Whether they always played smart or not is a different story but at least I thought they competed. It's my responsibility to get these guys, not just to compete but to expect to win and cover the details well enough that will allow us to win. And it didn't happen today.

On Tony Bagtas playing 36 minutes in his first start: I thought he was great. I thought he played at the right pace and I thought he didn't necessarily allow them to rush him. He tried to cover the objective. He had nine assists and six rebounds. I thought that he tried to make winning plays for us and he's only going to get better.

On the inability to cut the lead past nine points: When the (Villanova) lead was at nine, we had four consecutive stops. You can't give possessions away. Out of those four possessions, two of them we had unforced turnovers. That's unfortunate but we'll learn from it. There's some things I'm willing to live with so that we could live for tomorrow. With that being said, you can't play Division I basketball and continue to give teams opportunity after opportunity. Eventually, they're going to score the ball. We're going to try to look at film and use it as a learning tool to get better.

Senior Guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright

On needing to score more: I come into every game with the same mentality. With the way they were pressing I wanted to be aggressive. Fran and Tony aren't going to have many games like that but whenever they need me to score I'm ready to do it.

Freshman Guard Tony Bagtas

On expecting to take a heavy offensive workload: I came into the game just ready to play. I'm trying to do what coach told me to do so that was it. He kept me on the floor so I kept playing. I felt a little more comfortable as the game went on.