Post-game comments from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey following the Yellow Jackets’ 64-60 loss to the No. 21 Fighting Irish Sunday night in South Bend, Ind.
“Our margin for error is zero. That’s why it’s so hard for us to manufacture points, so when we miss those layups, it literally takes days, maybe years off my life because it just eats at me because I just know every possession, we can’t afford to miss those layups. What hurts us tonight was the turnovers, and then you’ve got to give Notre Dame credit.”
On Quinton Stephens:
“He didn’t have a good game. Quinton did not play well and when he doesn’t play well, he’s one of the guys, if they don’t play well, it makes it really, really hard because of our limitations in some areas.
“I thought we really guarded well. We held them to 35 percent from the field, they only shot 27 percent from 3 the second half. Really, you take out (Bonzie) Colson’s 3’s and he hit some of those tough threes. The first time we played them, he wasn’t making those 3’s, so you’ve got to give Colson a lot of credit. You take those out, I thought we did a good job on everybody else. I probably didn’t spent enough time emphasizing his 3-point shooting. We really guarded everyone else, I thought, pretty well. We did a great job on (V.J.) Beachem, who’s a great player. You look at it, it’s Colson, he’s 3 for 3.”
“At halftime, I told our guys if you’re open, shoot the ball. You’ve got to shoot the ball. Open – shoot it. But part of our limitations is our shooting. That’s why we don’t shoot a lot of 3’s.”
“Our ‘D’, I think our ‘D’ was the difference. They’re hard to play against because they’re very good defensively. They’ve got the big guy back there blocking shots and making you look around. We missed some looks that we usually make but it didn’t affect us going back on the other end and guarding.”
“I give Matt Farrell a lot of credit. Foul trouble, not in a great rhythm, but the guy just kind of finds a way.”
“We had clean looks we didn’t make. We had some corner jump shots against their 1-3-1. We want those guys taking ’em all night. Now they’re not going, you’ve got to fight that frustration. Now you’ve got to go back and guard that action because they run it for 25 seconds and they’re not shooting jump shots. They’re coming at your throat with stuff. So it’s physical, it’s grinding, it’s exhausting. At least we got to the foul line to score to get out of here tonight.”