XU vs. SJU Postgame Quotes

Jan. 18, 2012

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Game Quotes

Saint Jospeh's Coach Phil Martelli

"It begins and ends with one number: 19 turnovers. That's the lesson learned. They [Xavier] really did a nice job pounding the ball into the lane."

"They're [Xavier] the best team in the league. They weren't the best team in the league at La Salle or at Fordham,. They have to get their `thing' back on the road. These [last] three games they weren't challenged by Duquesne, not challenged against St. Bonaventure. Based on this league, which is a wonderful league this year, the championship still goes through them."

On Tu Holloway "He makes a simple extra pass. He changes a four-on-four fast break to like a two-on-one fast break with a simple pass."

Xavier Players

Jeff Robinson "The guys are just pushing me to work harder in practice. So I feel more confident."

Kenny Frease

On Coach Mack's halftime message "'Go out and defend like we know we can.' I think that was probably the best defensive half we've had all year. They scored those first four points quickly, then we went on a run of our own. We were playing really well as a team."

"I think we're back on track. If we keep working hard we can play with anybody."

On Tu Holloway "When he gets into situations, the game just slows down for him."

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack

On Coach Martelli "It's been three years for me being a head coach, and I don't know whether there was anyone more welcoming when I became the head coach. He's offered a lot of advice. [I am] very appreciative. He's been really good to me and really good to the Xavier program."

"I thought Kenny Frease and Jeff Robinson did great things around the basket. Our assist-turnover ratio was phenomenal."

On XU's defensive performance in the second half "We put more ball pressure on whoever was handling the ball. We played with a lot more energy in the second half."

On Carl Jones "Carl is from Ohio. He's come to team camp for years. They are obviously not going to be as good a team without Carl Jones."

On Tu Holloway "I'm not smart enough to know how many shots he should have. He's getting into cracks and crevices and finding guys."

"Jeff [Robinson], Kenny [Frease], and Travis [Taylor], those guys have got to be able to produce. They are playing great and we've got to have them continue to do that. Kenny was just as effective in the second half as in the first, and that was a big thing for us."