Xavier University Musketeers vs. Saint Joseph's University Hawks

Feb. 17, 2010

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Game Quotes



Xavier Players


Jamel McLean


On the team’s rebounding performance

“Our guys came out and rebounded all the way from the “1” to the “5.” I think it’s just an all-out effort to get to the top.”


“Our practices were hard and our team, we know what it takes to get to a championship.”


Jordan Crawford


On his offensive plan

“Attack before they can set up their zone. I just found my spots. The middle was open a lot.”


On XU’s 19 turnovers

“At the top of their zone their two guards got their hands on a lot of balls.”


Saint Joseph’s Head Coach Phil Martelli


“I thought in preparation that this was the toughest spot for us all year. Tough setting against a real good team.”


“At halftime, 30-6 in rebounding, that’s just not a real number. They work extremely hard in June, July, and August. It’s a good example for my younger players. That has everything to do with it.”


“Jason Love is a kid who’s in contention for an all-league spot after a freshman year in which he played a total of 70 minutes. I’m not saying he’s an NBA talent, but somebody’s going to take him to camp.”


“You’ve seen it all here – Elite 8 teams, Sweet 16s. A lot of credit goes to Chris Mack. He’s no rookie. They’re going to do a great job representing this league on Selection Sunday. It will not be surprising to see Atlantic 10 teams on the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.”



Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack


“The difference in the game certainly was around the basket. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rebounding margin of 53 to 17. I also thought that to hold Saint Joe’s to 1-for-19 from the three-point line, you can’t do better than that.”


On XU’s 19 turnovers

“[The Hawks] were changing defenses. They went from zone to man. We have to do a better job taking care of the ball. But we are one of the best teams in the conference at not turning over the ball.”


On Mark Lyons

“Tonight he really made the right decisions. He took his shots in rhythm. When he comes in as a defensive presence and an offensive threat, he makes our team even deeper.”


“I thought tonight our guys were locked in no matter whom we played.”