Virginia-Gonzaga Post Game Quotes

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Jan. 4, 2007

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Virginia Head Coach Dave Leitao

On tonight's game...
"I think it goes without saying that I am pleased with our effort today. Rob Lanier, my assistant, told me that we could prepare for a lot of things, we didn't prepare for this. To come out and play as well as we did on both ends of the floor is a truly magnificent performance for that stretch when we got up by 30 points. I could not have imagined after watching them on film."

On the team's defense and Sean Singletary's offensive explosion...
"Our defense was terrific for the second game in a row. Early on, I thought we played very good defense. Sean's performance right out of the gate was nothing short of magnificent. I think because he's feeling a lot better--mentally and physically--I don't look at him like performances like this are way out of the norm. I don't expect him to score 33 and 37 the rest of the year. As he continues to play well, teams will start doing a lot more to stop him. Until that happens, we're just happy to have him. He's been spectacular. His ability to shoot, his speed and his defense has gotten a lot better. He energizes us with his spirit as well as his play. I can't say enough about him, as well as the other guys."

On the importance of defense...
"As I've said before, when we play defense, we make more shots. It's directly connected. I think once we get back in the gym and start talking about defense more than anything else, the other things that make the game important come back to you. It's no coincidence that we're making more shots, making more free throws and making more plays on offense."

On the gratification of seeing a complete offensive effort tonight...
"One of the things we've talked a lot about and probably too much about is about having a better offensive flow and not just being locked into Sean and J.R. or being stagnant like we were last year. I kept saying early on that we have the ability to be a lot better offensively, because we can share the ball and share the scoring role a lot better than we could last year, but it wasn't playing itself out and the stats didn't show it because we weren't playing defense the way we're capable of. If we continue to get better at that end, it will obviously carry over like it did today where other people are a major factor in sharing the basketball."

On whether or not he was surprised by the great shooting tonight...
"You have to admire good shooters and we have a number of good shooters and the thing about a good shooter is that you're surprised when they miss. That's what it kinda looked like today where if we didn't make a shot or make a three, we said, `Why didn't it got in?' because we all had that feeling. Again, you can talk about an individual or a guy gets hot or gets in a zone, but it's not many times that you can talk about it with a team where everybody feels that they can make shots. I can't depend on that night-by-night, and won't depend on it, but hopefully there will be those nights when our shots do fall."

On UVa.'s three-point shooting...
"To make 18 three's in a game is phenomenal."

On his half time locker room talk...
"I didn't have a 30-point speech planned for halftime."

Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few

Opening comments...
"That's about as bad as we've been beaten, certainly in the eight years that I've been head coach. Virginia's effort level was far superior, their execution was far superior, their toughness was far superior, to anything that we showed in that game. When they shoot the ball like that, compete like that. They didn't hit any resistance, so I can't tell you just how good they were, but they were really good tonight."

On junior guard Sean Singletary setting the tone...
"Well he always sets the tone. He's a terrific player, he really took it to us last year, and he did the same thing tonight. We had seen that he had been shooting the ball well coming into this thing, and tried to get our guys ready for that, but obviously it didn't show."

On playing flat and Virginia's immediate dominance...
"It didn't look like we were tough enough to go from the tip. Obviously when they start banging in those threes and start rolling like that, then you've got your hands full. Timeouts didn't seem to turn the tide. [Senior forward] Sean Mallon competed tonight. That's about it for us. Then again, what a terrific performance. Those two guards are a handful. They were crisp with their execution, and they were running their stuff and rebounding, and they defended much better than we had seen on film. They got into us and took us out of our offense. We just never got into rhythm."

Virginia Players

#44 Jr. G Sean Singletary

On if the game plan for tonight was to make 18 threes...
"That wasn't the game plan. It was just something we had been working on. And by playing defense we were able to get confidence and hit open shots."

On what the difference has been between the last two games and the team's performance in San Juan...
"Well our team defense has been the difference. Our whole team was in a slump in San Juan. A couple guys were sick and it was just a different atmosphere. And if we don't play defense, nothing goes right. So tonight, since we weren't sloppy on defense, just like the American game, we had the confidence to make runs."

On his team's success at home and transitioning that success to the road...
"Well we have to take care of business this weekend at home. And when we get on the road we have to make a concentrated effort to stick together. When we are at home we have the crowd's favor, we get to warm up with the same pattern. On the road we don't have those things. We need to go on the road, and play as a unit."

#24 So. G Mamadi Diane

On his team's performance tonight...
"We came out with a lot of energy and everybody was hyped up. The arena was as loud as I've heard it. So it was really great to have that behind us and that really motivated us to get back on defense, get out on the break. Our defense really carried over to our offense."

On if his team had a good week of practice leading up to tonight's game...
"We had a great week of practice. We had a really great shoot-around this morning and Sean [Singletary] even made a joke about how everything was too perfect. Something couldn't be right because the shoot-around was too perfect. And we played a good game tonight so it carried over."

On how tonight's game will help his team's confidence...
"Well we realize that we have a pretty tough stretch ahead of us with conference play coming up. We're just trying to get back in the swing. We're looking ahead. Tonight is behind us. Everything else we've done this year is behind us. We're looking forward to a new year. And it's a great way to start it."

Gonzaga Player Quotes

#2 Guard Jeremy Pargo

On the team's level of fatigue coming off three tough losses and cross-country travel...
"I don't think fatigue was a factor. I think we just need to buckle down and play smarter and tougher in situations like this. We came in to a high-strung environment here at Virginia and basically just buckled under the pressure. There were one or two guys out there who played their hearts out, but no one else followed. We just need to buckle down and get some wins."

On guarding Sean Singletary...
"He's a tough guy. I didn't really get to see a lot of action on him because I was in foul trouble, but he's a tough kid and he showed that last year. He just came out and balled on us.

On Coach Few's message at halftime...
"He just said to toughen up. We played soft and tight for a half. He told us to come out and play hard and don't give up."

On how the team will transition from this loss in to the upcoming conference play...
"We have to come out and play hard. We have to play a lot harder than tonight. This isn't the last game of the year, so we just have to look forward to the next game and play a lot harder than we did tonight."

#5 Guard Derek Raivio

On what Virginia did well tonight, aside from their high field goal percentage...
"They wanted it more than us. They came out here and were more aggressive. They worked the ball around well and just seemed like they wanted to win more than we did."

On how Singletary compares to the nation's top point guards...
"He's definitely up there - he's one of the top point guards in the country. He killed us last year and he did it again this year."

On positives from tonight's game, despite the loss...
"In the second half a couple of guys showed some character. We could have put our tails behind our legs, but we went out there and took the game from that point. We showed a lot more character in that second half."