• Joey Jarzynka

St. John's Postgame Quotes @ Seton Hall


St. John’s Head Coach Mike Anderson

Opening statement…

“You can see that [Seton Hall] is experienced playing together. … [Sandro Mamukelashvili] came in and is really helping them right now. He’s a good basketball player. … They’ve got a lot of talent on that team. … As bad as we played in the first half, we turned it over, we missed layups, a few air balls, the nerves were going, but I thought in the second half we came out with a bit more fight in us. We cut it down to single digits and then they would make a big play. That’s what good teams do. Can’t knock the effort of our guys we just went against a better team today.”

On Seton Hall’s potential in the postseason…

“They’ve got a good team. They’ve got a really good team. Knock on wood, they don’t get anybody hurt, they’ve got a chance.”

On the game…

“I thought we came out on our heels and you can’t do that against [Seton Hall]. … They were playing at home and they played with a lot of confidence. ... I thought we played better in the second half, but then they got it going and they had a lot of highlight plays. That’s one thing I didn’t like, we gave up too many dunks at the end.”

On LJ Figueroa...

“He’s trying to help out our basketball team any way he can. ... You got to remember he doesn’t have that other leading scorer [Mustapha Heron] on [the court]. We have to get [scoring from different guys] and we didn’t get it today. Julian [Champagnie] and Josh [Roberts], I thought those guys played well for us today. Josh was pretty active and I thought Julian continues to come on for our basketball team.”

On the team’s margin for error without Mustapha Heron...

“I always say that we have to make up for [Mustapha Heron] with other guys. I always say you find out your team in adversity. ‘Can you travel with your offense?’ ‘Can you travel with your defense?’ Evidently, we didn’t today. … [Heron has] played four years and has scored a bunch of points. Yeah, you miss that, but you can’t sit back and cry about it. We haven’t. I’m just going with guys that are fighting. They’re giving themselves a chance.”

St. John’s Forward Julian Champagnie

On the team’s struggles early in the game...

“I just thought today we didn’t come out of the gate. ... We didn’t execute plays that we wanted to and we shot pretty poorly today. Seton Hall just came out with more energy.”

On Sandro Mamukelashvili’s impact…

“I though he helped [Seton Hall] a lot. He brought a lot of energy to the table. [Grabbed] rebounds and had a couple of dunks. I just felt like we were prepared to play them but weren’t prepared for him to go off like that.”

On the height disadvantage against Seton Hall…

“It means your defense has to play small. At the end of the day it’s about heart. Unfortunately, we’re not the tallest team but we have a lot of heart. Regardless whether we’re the shortest team on the court or the tallest team on the court we have to come out and play hard.”

On if the team is trending upward…

“The last couple of games I feel like we’ve took steps forward. Even though we’ve lost two of the last three games, I thought we took steps forward. We’re coming together as a team. In the Xavier game we played well for 30 minutes. Those last two minutes we kind of gave it away. Stuff like that helps us learn how to close out games. Right now, it’s still a learning process. We’re still a young team.”

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