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POSTGAME QUOTES: ASU 72, COLORADO 51 (JAN. 25, 2014)
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/27/2014
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ASU PLAYER QUOTES – JONATHAN GILLING & JAHII CARSON – COLORADO – 1/25/14

ON CHANGES OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEASON

Jon: “I’m coming off the bench now. That’s changed; but other than that, no.”

ON BALL MOVEMENT AND OFFENSIVE EXECUTION

 Jon: “We shared the ball and it paid dividends.”

Jahii: “I think we’re just all together in a better flow… Everybody is trying to get the win and everybody wants to feel the wealth. I think we’re doing a good job of hitting the open man and not being selfish.”

ON SWEEP OF THIS TWO GAME HOMESTAND

 Jahii: “We knew it was a must win series for us. We needed to come out and get two wins. We knew we had tough road coming up against Cal and Stanford. This is great momentum for us coming off these two wins. Hopefully, we can carry our momentum and keep our good energy next week during practice.”

ON BALL SECURITY IN THE SECOND HALF

 Jahii: “I think we were going too fast. Guys that were coming off the bench were anxious to get in there and make a contribution. In the second half we talked to each other. Coach Herb (Sendek) came and said slow down; take care of the ball. We can’t have this going on in the second half because it’s giving (Colorado) free transition points. That’s what stopped it for us.”

JONATHAN GILLING ON COMING OFF THE BENCH

 Jon: “Nothing really changed in my mindset other than now I have to come from the bench. I’m happy to do it, so whatever it takes.”

ON ERIC JACOBSEN BEING IN THE STARTING LINEUP

Jahii: “He’s a big body down there. He takes up a lot of space in the post and he’s aggressive. Anytime you’re aggressive like that, you bring a lot of energy. It’s a spark for us on the offense and defensive end. He’s happy playing his role. It doesn’t take anything away. It just adds a whole bunch to us.”

ON GETTING BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK FOLLOWING THE LAST TWO WINS 

Jahii: “Everybody has a good spirit with these two wins. I think everybody’s confidence is pretty high. Practices we had this past week were pretty good. I think we’re all on the same page as far as keeping up the energy in practice. The energy you have in practice is going to carry over into the game. I think guys are starting to understand that. It’s going to be a big help for us. When everybody has great spirit, it’s good for our team and it shows on the court.”

ON DEFENSIVE KEYS DURING PRACTICE THIS WEEK

Jahii: “We knew they only had one three point shooting threat and that’s Booker. We tried to play with great intensity on the defensive end and not them get any threes off; not let them get any shots off. Our goal is to play that well that (Colorado) doesn’t get any shots off. I think we’re starting to play good pack defense. That’s one of the things that’s starting to help our identity and it helped tonight.”

ASU COACH QUOTES – HERB SENDEK – COLORADO – 1/25/14

OPENING STATEMENT

 “I was really pleased with our team’s defensive effort this afternoon. I thought that all our guys played with good effort, good concentration and really helped each other on that end of the floor. Offensively, we did a lot of good things as well, except for careless turnovers that we continued to have. All in all, it was a good win, a good weekend for us and an honorable day honoring Eddie House. I think it’s one of the best things that we’ve done in recent time… Congratulations to Jahii (Carson) on scoring his 1,000th career point. It was a really good day for the Sun Devils. I thought our crowd was tremendous. The energy in the building was terrific.”

ON JONATHAN GILLING COMING OFF THE BENCH

 “I know he’s 7-7 since we made that move. In Jon’s (Gilling) case, I don’t want him relaxed. He’s better on edge and that’s one of my great challenges is to keep him on edge. Among the many mistakes I’ve made, one of them would be that I didn’t have him come off the bench earlier in his career. I screwed up by having him start all those games because he hasn’t missed yet since he’s come off the bench.”

ON MAKING A LINEUP CHANGE MIDSEASON

 “There’s a lot of thought that goes into it. We all know, at the end of the day, who starts isn’t that important because you can sub immediately in basketball. There is that psychological part, so as a coach, you have to do what’s best for the team. In our case, we have really good, high character people. Jon (Gilling) is one of them and he’s responded to the shift like a champion. Eric Jacobsen also has and I think his improvement, his progress and his play is really helping our basketball team right now. He’s such a smart player; a tough player and you can see his confidence growing. As that continues to happen, I expect him to stay on a really good path.”

ON TURNOVERS

“We have to keep it simple. We have to be sure. We have to be strong. We talk about those three all the time: simple, sure and strong.”

ON BALL MOVEMENT AND BALANCED TEAM SCORING

 “The last couple games, our guys have returned to really trying to play the right way. We had some slippage in that area, but I think we’re back on the right track.”

ON SHAQUILLE MCKISSIC

 "Shaquille (McKissic) and Bo (Barnes) have done a fantastic job on defense. At first glance, you may say (Bo Barnes) isn’t that fastest guy out there. How is he going to defend? He’s smart, experienced and tough. This afternoon, Shaquille and Bo both played outstanding defense for us.”

ON JERMAINE MARSHALL PLAYING THROUGH GROIN INJURY

 “I think he’s a little better everyday. I talked with him this morning. He admitted he wasn’t 100 percent against Utah. You could tell he wasn’t moving well. He finally came clean this morning and admitted that was the case, but assured me that he was feeling much better. Sure enough, I think he moved better today and it was great seeing him get his stroke going again in the second half.”

ON BIGGER LINEUP HELPING DEFENSIVELY

 “It depends on matchups. Eric (Jacobsen) is a good defender not only in the post, but also on the perimeter. He moves his feet exceptionally well for a young man his size.”

ON COLORADO WITHOUT SPENCER DINWIDDIE

“There’s no doubt about it. They’re a different team without Spencer Dinwiddie. That is one of the most heartbreaking stories of this college basketball season. In my opinion, Spencer Dinwiddie was a lottery pick caliber player; certainly a first round NBA draft pick. I know he can still achieve that, but that’s a hard, significant injury for their team. To me, it’s the worst part of sports. When you’re in it for a long time, it happens to your team sometimes and it happens to the other team sometimes. That’s the one this, as a coach, that really gives you heartache. You worry about every time you practice and every time you play, you run that risk. An injury like that, it can even happen without contact. That’s a hard one to swallow. Colorado still has a very good team. You don’t beat the likes of Kansas and have the wins they have on their resume by having one player. The most certainly have one of the best home courts in all college basketball. It's a place that’s really hard to get a win. I’m sure they’re going to be fine. I think all of college basketball feels for Spencer (Dinwiddie) and all the guys who play this sport, who put so much into it and suffer injuries.”

 

 

ON BO BARNES DEFENSIVELY

“It’s his effort. His defense has never been his calling card, but his effort gave me hope. It’s really one of the best stories I’ve ever experienced, personally, as a coach. This young man has gone from walk-on, to scholarship and not playing, to a vital member of our rotation. Never once did he have anything other than the best of all possible attitudes. Never once did he take even one possession off, one day, at even one single practice. It doesn’t get any better than that. The big thing for Bo (Barnes) was being able to carry over from practice to a game. We saw him do some really good things in practice, but now he’s getting comfortable to do those same things in games. For a while, there was that bridge that we had to get over. I think he’s finally crossed it.”

ON COACHING STAFF WORKING WITH ERIC JACOBSEN

“We work with him and Jordan (Bachynski) everyday. Eric (Jacobsen) is another guy who has been with us for one plus years now. I can’t remember him taking even one possession off of one practice. With Bo (Barnes) and Eric, you know what you’re going to get. You know you’re going to get their best effort. It may not always be good enough to get a win, but as a coach, you can always put your head on the pillow knowing those guys gave us their best. What more can you ask for if you’re a coach?”

ON NEEDING THIS WEEKEND FROM A CONFIDENCE STANDPOINT

“If we had lost it wouldn’t have been good. If you lose one or two at home in this league, it’s unforgiving because then you have to go on the road. It wouldn’t have been ideal. If we would of lost, we would have had to wash our face, get up, get ready for our next game and keep battling.”

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