Post-Ole Miss Game Quotes

Jan. 30, 2008

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings

On the game:
“We got off to a bad start in the second half, and that was the difference in the game. We talked at the half about continuing to do the things that kept us in the game in the first half. Obviously, my message didn’t get through.”

On Eniel Polynice and Chris Warren:
“Polynice was the difference for Ole Miss in the first half. He had six layups and was better off the dribble. Warren was the difference in the second half. We couldn’t keep their perimeter players in front of us. We’ve had a hard time guarding the perimeter all year long.”

On Vanderbilt:
“We missed a lot of open shots in the first half. We had an opportunity to be up big at the half, but we didn’t make our shots. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We need to get better. We played harder tonight and were able to battle Ole Miss on the boards in the first half. This is not fun right now.”

Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy

On the win:
“I thought our intensity was where it needed to be. Defensively we were really locked in. (Vanderbilt) is a team that averages 85 points a game and we held them to 58. It was a team effort inside and out. It was a quality win and we got some quality contributions from a variety of players.”

On the progress made through 19 games:
“We’re still a work in progress. The young guys are starting to understand that if you relax in this league, you’re going to get taken advantage of. We’re going to continue to work, grind and try to get better.”

On the play of Kenny Williams:
“Kenny brought a great deal of energy tonight and was very efficient. He’s an energy guy. We challenge him to be active. He has great strength. The last few games, he’s gotten into foul trouble early. Tonight, by playing 34 minutes, I think his production followed.”

On holding A.J. Ogilvy in check:
“I thought our ball pressure was good. We did a good job pressuring him. Ogilvy, because of his production and him being so good, we forget the fact that he’s a kid. We’re in the grind of the season and it wears on these young kids.

On the play of Eniel Polynice:
“E.P. was the difference in the game, without question. I thought he did a great job on Shan Foster. I thought he did a great job offensively and his ability to create. He does a great job of dribbling through contact and he did that tonight.”