UK-UGA: Dennis Felton Quotes

Posted Feb 12, 2005

Comments from Georgia coach Dennis Felton following the loss to Kentucky ...

Georgia Head Coach Dennis Felton

On the loss…
“It’s disappointing and a little frustrating to come up short, but I was certainly proud of the way our team handled the deficit in the second half and to come back and give ourselves a real chance to win the game.”

On the thing his team did best…
“The biggest thing I’m excited about is the rebounding, because that’s been an area where we have struggled the most. It’s so important to any team. This is the third time in a row we’ve shown improvement in rebounding the ball. In Athens, the (rebounding) margin was 44-18 in favor of Kentucky. To be able to out-rebound them by eight shows vast improvement. Kentucky takes rebounding just as seriously as we do and they’re so big and strong and athletic. They’ve been a dominating team on the glass consistently throughout the year. That was one of the major reasons we were able to make this game a little different. They’ve got Chuck Hayes, who is very, very strong. He’s a tough, tough rebounder. Then, Randolph Morris is huge and strong, and it’s hard to hold your ground against him. Of course, then (Shagari) Alleyne comes in. They have hard-working guys like (Bobby) Perry and the young man from Canada (Sheray Thomas). That’s something for us to be excited about, the fact that we were able to win that statistic.”

“Also, the fact that we grew tonight. Today was the first game this year where we looked at a sizable deficit like we did in the second half and stayed true to our course. I thought that showed tremendous growth in our young team, the fact that we didn’t panic and get on that slippery slope of trying to do too much on each possession, which will only make things worse. I think it’s evident that we did some maturing today.”

On limiting Chuck Hayes’ offensive opportunities in the second half…
“We worked really hard to deny his catches by fronting the post, which is something that we always do. We didn’t do it well enough in the first half. I thought we re-addressed it at halftime. I was only going to play the guys that were going to do it. I thought we increased our diligence of denying any of their post catches in the second half.”

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