Nov. 29, 2009
Head Coach Mike Montgomery:
Overall thoughts on the game:
I was concerned because our health is a real issue right now. We have a lot of guys that are less than 100 percent. Our two days of practice that we had were less than what we would have liked, just based on the fact that we had guys sick and hurt. Jerome didn't practice for two of the three days and was part-time yesterday. Jorge was out yesterday. Markhuri is out. Of course, Theo is out and Harper is out. Patrick was under the weather. It was very difficult. The thing you want to do with Princeton is work on what they do, the way they play and their back-cuts. We just did not have a lot of time. We made too many mistakes- too many turnovers - that I thought were unforced. Jorge had an IV prior to the game to get his fluids up, but by halftime he was really hurt. So, we asked our kids off the bench to give us a hand. I said, "You guys are going to need to come in and play." I thought Max was really good. I thought that his size caused them problems inside and they were certainly aware of him inside. I thought Jerome did a really good job assisting. Obviously, nine assists is the best job he has done. He made some players better. Ironically, the thing that we tried to caution our guys against was getting in foul trouble, which was the first thing that Patrick did, so that was one less guy that we had. All in all, it was a good win for us given the circumstances and the fact that a lot of people were in positions they had not really been in before and have to play significant minutes. We'll see if we can get healthy because it really gets difficult at this point.
On Jerome Randle
He was limited the past few days and he seemed to be okay. He used his quickness and his speed to get by, hit some deep threes. But more than that, I liked the way that he really found Max over the top. He made some of the passes that we have been trying to tell him were there. Nine assists is one of the things he mentioned to me and I think this is significant. He said, "You know, coach, I had the lead in assists last year and nobody has ever said a word about that." I said, "We certainly have acknowledged it. It's not what people focus on, but for us, that's key." And he did a good job of making his teammates better.
On Jamal Boykin's game
He had a really good game. I think he's excited about it. He's a good shooter. He did a good job on the boards. This is why it's a team game. You need everybody involved. It's all hands on deck when you have people down. Everybody has to carry a little more responsibility and I thought he did a really nice job tonight.
On Theo Robertson's status
We'll keep our fingers crossed. The worst thing we can do is rush him back and have the injury go backwards. He's shooting the ball and running on the treadmill. It makes a huge difference to have him. I think it's just a matter of time.
On Omondi Amoke
I think he did fine. He gets himself out of position every now and again. He is a very good offensive rebounder away from the basket. I think he really helps us the more comfortable he gets out there. We have to figure out how to use him a little bit better, but the more comfortable he gets, the better off we are going to be. He's active. He causes some match-up problems.