Vanderbilt-Rutgers postgame quotes

Nov. 28, 2014

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
On tonight’s game:
“I’d like to congratulate Rutgers on the win. We are disappointed, we thought we could have played better on the boards, but we didn’t. Their two big scorers beat us. We went into the game trying to keep that from happening, but they were just more physical and tougher up front than we were. That was the difference in the game.”

“We talked about several things we did not accomplish. We came out of timeouts on four occasions where we made a call and messed it up. That shouldn’t be the case. We didn’t play well enough to win. They played a lot harder on the boards and on loose balls than we did. That is my biggest source of disappointment.”

“We held (Rutgers) to 39% shooting from the floor. If you hold them to 39% and 30% from three, and you don’t get annihilated at the (free throw) line, you should win. We didn’t because we got out-fought. That’s probably the worst way to lose as a coach; when you feel like they fought harder than you did. We have some lessons to learn.”

“I thought Wade Baldwin played very well for us again. He has been a very good player for us. I thought he came in and did a good job.”

Rutgers Head Coach Eddie Jordan
On the game:
“That was just an overall gritty performance and gritty effort from us. These guys played a lot of minutes and a lot of physicality out there. That was a good team that we had to play. They run a good offense and our defense was patient…Overall we bounced back, we made big shots, big free throws, big plays, big stops and again we had the perseverance to withstand another run when they tied the score up and we came up with big plays again. Defensively I thought we were terrific for the most part and we rebounded the ball very well.”

On his team’s performance:
“Everybody saw how hard we worked and how hard we played in the paint. We rebounded and guarded their offense, which is a really good offense…Our game plan was solid outside of the two lulls we had that we weren’t happy with. That group that was out there; Greg (Lewis), along with Kadeem (Jack), Myles (Mack), Junior (Etou) and Mike (Williams), they were interdependent on one another. They had to talk, follow the game plan, they had to cover each other, support each other, protect each other and that’s what they did. It was a five-man partnership for 20 minutes and it was really good to see.”

Rutgers Guard Myles Mack
On the previous loss:
“It motivated us a lot. That loss was a bad loss for us. The next day we came really excited for practice, ready to get better and I think it led over to this game. I think we played well as a team.”

On becoming a team leader:
“Coach told me that he needed me to take on a leadership role and from the first day of practice I’ve been talking to the guys and they have been respecting what I’m saying. I’ve become more vocal and these guys like to hear my voice and they trust me with whatever I’m saying to them is going to be the correct thing.”

Rutgers Forward Kadeem Jack
On bouncing back from the loss to St. Peter’s:
“I think the St. Peter’s loss was kind of demoralizing. Coming out there and having them take it to us first. Like I said before, we had to be the one to take it to them first today.”