Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner directs his offense against Georgia in a NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

What Josh Pastner said after Georgia game

Quotes from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s post-game news conference following the Yellow Jackets’ 60-43 loss to Georgia.

“First of all, I want to give credit to Georgia. It was a good win for them, obviously. Secondly, I’ve got no issue with our effort from our guys. As they’ve done pretty much all season besides one game, they just played and give you every ounce of energy and effort that they can give you, but we just struggled scoring. And when you struggle scoring like that, it makes it really, really tough, and obviously, you’ve got to give Georgia credit for that. For us, that’s just been one of the things for the season, and we’ve got to continue to find solutions to help us on that, and we’ll keep attacking that and finding a way to help us try to get some points on the board.”

“I told our staff, if we can hold ’em in the 50’s defensively, we’ll win the game. And we did hold ’em in the 50’s. At the end there, obviously, we were fouling and they got the and-one, but in the main part of the game, you’re probably playing in the 50’s. I thought for sure we’d at least try to get to 60, and that was the difference.”

“It’s hard for us when Tadric (Jackson) and Quinton (Stephens) are a combined 2-for-14. We’re limited, so we don’t have a lot of options on that, and that makes it tough, so we need Quinton and Tadric to step up and put the ball in the basket for us, and when they’re not, that makes it hard. Quinton, he’s giving you every ounce of effort he has. His floor game has vastly improved. He’s trying the best he can.”

“I thought the crowd was outstanding. I really feel awful. I know how important this game is to Georgia Tech, and I wanted to win so bad for Jacket Nation. But as I said in the radio (interview), we’re going to get it back. As this rebuild happens, here in a short amount of time as we continue to put recruiting classes together, I want that building to be filled up like that all the time. That’s the vision, minus the Georgia fans, but the vision is having the Georgia Tech fans in there filled up to see their team play night in, night out, every time we step on the floor, and that’s the vision. And we’re going to get there.”

“We play on Thursday, and I told the guys, we can’t let Georgia beat us twice. No one feels sorry for us. We’ve got to get back on the floor (Wednesday) and we’re going to be really short, but we’ve got to win the game on Thursday. We’ve got a good opponent coming in in Wofford, who plays hard. They just beat Coastal Carolina, so we know we’re going to have to give a great effort. We can’t be feeling sorry for or sulking.”

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