UNC-UVa: Pete Gillen Quotes + Audio

- Inside Carolina
Posted Feb 16, 2005

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia head coach addressed the media following the game…

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Opening Statement:
“There’s a scoreboard for a reason, you have to put the ball in the basket. We couldn’t do that today. We shot 29 percent in the first half. I think the tone was set when we had a wide-open layup early in the game and we missed it. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop. Nobody shot the ball. We had one guy who played well and that was Gary Forbes. When your good shooters don’t shoot the ball against a great team, you have trouble. I thought we had a lot of good looks; we had too many turnovers and guys got a little undisciplined in what we wanted to do and made us pay. We had some good looks, but if you don’t put the ball in the basket against the highest scoring team in the country, you’re going to have a tough night. We have good shooters, but they didn’t shoot the ball well tonight. Sure, part of it was their defense, but I thought we had a lot of good opportunities and we missed them and had too many turnovers. We had some chances, but unfortunately, if you don’t put it in the basket it’s tough to win.”

On J.R. Reynolds' shooting woes:
“We watched it and right now he’s really having a tough time. He’s a terrific shooter, but he’s had some games in a row where right now he’s really struggling. We know he’s better than that. We’re doing extra shooting with him; we’re talking to him to be confident and to keep shooting, but he can’t buy one. Nobody shot it well except for Gary. We see something’s technically wrong. We talked to him about it and we want him to keep shooting.”

On how they fought back to a 12-point game in the second half and then missed a layup:
“That took some air out of the balloon. We were within distance and Devin [Smith], who’s a good player, missed the put back and then we were like, ‘Oh, man.’ They came down and scored maybe a three-point play, so that was a tough stretch. You’ve got to put the ball in the basket.”

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