Postgame Quotes: California-UC San Diego
Nov. 1, 2011
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On the game
"We had a scrimmage the other day, and maybe it was the first scrimmage we had where I put seven of the better players and I put them on one team and played [them] against the other group of guys. I had three different groups, three different scrimmages, and each time, the group of guys who weren't supposed to be your better players, won. It was basically the reason for what we saw in the first twelve minutes tonight. We settled for the first shot off the first pass. We didn't have anybody in the paint for the offensive rebound, and we didn't get into any kind of rhythm. That's one of the things we have to figure out: how to get each other good shots and not settle for the first shot just because it's open. I thought that Justin went in and did a good job. We also had Jorge and Crabbe with two fouls in the first half. That's something that's not atypical of us, yet. We've got to get through that and figure out what it is we do best. The good side is that once we got settled a little bit, we got into a rhythm and we were pretty good. We got good contribution off the bench. Robert Thurman did a nice job. Obviously, Justin did a nice job. Jorge was unselfish. It really helps when you have a guy make an extra pass or give up what might have been a shot for him to give somebody else a shot. It's one of the things we're going to have to do for Allen Crabbe. We've got to get Allen Crabbe shots. Once he gets going, he's really good."
On freshman forward David Kravish
"He's a guy that gets his hands on a lot of balls. He just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He has a little bit of a tendency to pass it before he figures out where he is. He's got to slow down a little bit. He got a left hand jump hook, twice, but it's not the best thing for him. What we've got to tell our post guys: if you get to your best move, take it. If it's not there, come out, let's re-establish and get another shot. He's long, and he has a good knack for blocking shots. He'll get better and better. He's a smart player. Maybe the shot doesn't look like a million bucks, but it tends to always fall in."
On the surge in the second half
"We know we didn't play very well in the first half. There's a pace with which we have to play which is where we can be successful. We did a better job about moving the ball. We were firmer about getting the ball, maybe made the extra pass. I also thought we wised up, defensively, a little bit."
On the use of the bench
"The guys that are contributing and doing a good job on a given night need to play more minutes. I feel like I know what I'm going to get from Harper and Jorge at a given time, and Crabbe as well. Brandon is solid as well. But after that, Justin had a really good game, and he deserved to be on the floor. It's a just a matter of finding people that are producing.
Freshman Forward David Kravish
On how his first game went
"I thought I played pretty well. On defense and rebounding, I put a lot of effort into that and those are the two things I can control are my attitude and effort. I need to slow down a little in the post, but I thought I played pretty well."
On if he has always been known for getting lots of blocks
"Yeah. Ever since high school, I've always been around the ball to get a block."
On where he sees himself contributing
"However I'm needed. If I'm needed in practice to play the other post that we are going up against, then I'm going to give my 100 percent effort to make the other guys better. Wherever I'm needed, I'm just trying to give 100 percent and contribute to the team."
Sophomore Guard Justin Cobbs
On his first game
"It was exciting. I was a little anxious, at first; coming off the bench, I was anxious. I've been waiting to get out there with my team. The main thing is that I go hard and help my team by making sure I put out the effort. Everything else will come with itself, but just making sure I'm out there, hustling, and doing the little things."
On where he sees himself playing more
"I think either spot. Sometimes, Allen [Crabbe] is getting it going or Jorge [Gutierrez] is playing well and I might have to play the one. Other times, Brandon [Smith] might be playing well and I have to move to the two or either or. I'm just out there trying to contribute in any way possible. I feel like I'm more comfortable at the one, but any way possible to contribute."
Senior Guard Jorge Gutierrez
On what the attitude was during halftime
"We weren't playing as hard as we played in the second half. We talked about it and came out in the second half, ready to play. It was just a normal talk about getting the nerves out of our system from the first half. Then, we came out the second half and played hard."
On the play of David Kravish
"I think he played pretty well. We were having trouble with defensive rebounds and he helps a lot defensively, as well. It was a pretty good team effort, overall."
On if he sees Cobbs and Kravish contributing significantly this year
"Yeah. They are a huge help coming off the bench."
On his tussle with a UCSD player
"It is just part of the game. It is just going to happen, and you just have to be smarter."
On the play of Cobbs
"I feel like he is a pretty good point guard and knows how to run the team. He knows us and that is what the point guard does, is try to run the team, and I think he did a pretty good job of that."