"If you said it was a tale of two halves, that would be too much of a pun, but that's exactly what it was. The first half they were so much more aggressive. Offensively, we were very passive [and] defensively, we were very passive. We tried to play our offense 28 to 33 feet away from the basket…
"I was really surprised at [Quentin Thomas] early, because he looked shook, and he's played so great for six games. I was surprised by that. But again, he has played so well for us for six games so you can throw that one out the window… When I made the change and put Marcus on [Rice] a little bit before half, and then in the second half, ‘Q' started out with him and then after that when Tywon was in the game, he had him or Marcus had him. Ty's quick enough to stay up close to him and Marcus has the extra length…
"When we were down 14 [at the half] and I promised them that we would be there at the end, but they had to play. Then they come out and score the first four points of the second half, it didn't look good – at that point we were down 18. But I really believe that our defense was the biggest part of the game then. We got several turnovers and we converted on the other end, and then all of a sudden, it got to be a game. I felt like if we could get it inside 10 [points] inside the 10-minute mark, we'd have a great shot at the game, and we got there a lot quicker than that…
"Danny [Green] and Wayne Ellington outscored Boston College's whole team in the second half, and we had a 32-8 run and Tyler Hansbrough only had two of those baskets, so those other guys really did a nice job."
On pulling the starters at the beginning of the second half:
"I was talking about our defense, because for us to make a run, we've got make some defensive stands and I thought the last two possessions that those guys were in there, they had allowed them to make passes where they wanted and allowed the guys to drive the ball to the basket from 15 feet and nobody got in to help. So I was just mad at what they were doing defensively, and basically, if I'm going to get my tail kicked, we're still going to have 100 percent effort, and I didn't think I was getting it at that point."
On talking to Wayne at halftime:
"I said something to him at halftime, but in the first half, I told him [he] had one good shot from the right corner when ‘Q' penetrated and pitched to him, but every other shot that he took was because he hadn't had a shot recently, and he said, ‘I'm going to shoot.' That's not the way you're supposed to play basketball. You're supposed to take the shot when it comes, not when you have to all of a sudden take one… I told him, ‘You play the way you're supposed to play, be involved in us and our team, and we'll get you the shots.'"
On Lawson's return:
"It was fun to have Ty Lawson back in the game. Needless to say, he didn't play the way he was capable of playing, but it's good to get him a few minutes and I think that will help us a great deal down the line."
How does the ankle feel?
"It feels a lot better. It felt better today than it did yesterday. I was kind of timid at first, but just playing and probably the intensity [of the game], it started to feel a lot better, like normal."
Have you and Quentin Thomas talked a lot over the last four weeks?
"We talked a lot. He kept asking me when I was coming back. We talked about game situations and the way we should do certain things, and he just asked my opinions on things."
On the locker room mood at halftime:
"Everybody was pretty much angered. Coach was pretty mad about the way we were playing. I think everybody knew that we had to come out and play a lot better."
On having Lawson back:
"It was good. Ty did a lot of good things for us tonight, like he always does. Hopefully he'll continue to get better and keep on improving."
On the importance on limiting Rice in the second half:
"Well, it was definitely huge for us to slow him down, especially in the second half. We know that this team runs through him, and he's got such a big influence on this team. Not to say that the guys that he has on his team aren't capable, but in the scouting report we saw that he shot two or three times more than the next leading guy."
On having Lawson back:
"It was fun. It was interesting to see him out there, hobbling around. It's a weird feeling – the difference of [having] him on the court. It's hard to explain, but it just feels more at peace and more set into place when he's out there."