Ole Miss-Troy State Postgame Quotes

Dec. 18, 2000

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Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes:
(On the game)
"The kids came out more focused tonight, but we still have a lot of improving to do. We finally shot the ball well at home. Hopefully we can go to Hawaii with a lot of confidence. We needed to win this way and play well, and we did that."

(On Josh Hayes)
"I have always thought that Josh Hayes could really shoot the ball, but he has not had any confidence this season. He was more focused tonight and tonight was his night."

Ole Miss freshman Josh Hayes
(On accepting his role this season)
"I have been a bench player all season and I have accepted that role. Coach told me if I got an open shot, I had to knock it down. After the second one tonight, I just felt it."

Ole Miss sophomore David Sanders
(On the season thus far)
"So far this season we have been turning down shots. Our defense has been there, but we needed to start making plays on offense. It really stretches the defense when guys were making shots like they were tonight."

(On his role this season)
"I am seeing now what I need to do and what I do not need to do. Game experience is helping me see the role that I need to play and what other guys need to do."

Troy State head coach Don Maestri:
(On the game)
"Tonight was kind of like the story of our season. They had players who had not hit all year making shot after shot. Josh Hayes, for instance, had only made 1-of-3 three-point shots all season for Ole Miss and he hit 6-of-7 tonight. That kind of stuff has been happening to us all year."

(On Ole Miss)
"The big thing here is that Rod Barnes had done such a great job here at Ole Miss. If you have followed basketball here in the South like I have for so long, you would realize what a great job he has done. He gets his players to play hard, team basketball, both on offense and defense."

 

 

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