COLUMBIA, S.C. — Frank Martin met with reporters after South Carolina’s 70-68 overtime win against Monmouth on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena.
Here’s what the Gamecocks coach had to say about their third win of the 2016-17 season:
- Opening: “We just made offensive basketball look like 9-year-olds practice more than us. I told the guys after the game, I didn’t mean to be the Grinch who stole Christmas here, but at the end of the year, they don’t ask how you won games. They ask how many you won and who you beat. Anytime you can get out of an early season game against a team as good as Monmouth that returns all their players and has the guard play that they have — with a win, you take it and figure out a way to get better. Hopefully, we can do some things. We tried to play hard. We tried to guard. But, offensively, we were so selfish and bad. It ruined our defensive approach today.”
- On P.J. Dozer’s buzzer-beater: “Once again, we were trying to run something there … we overload one side, then if you matchup with the overload, then you try to play through the opposite corner. We, actually, kind of made that read and it got to Duane (Notice) and everyone thought Duane was going to let it go. I think that’s why P.J. was kind of — P.J. was not where he belonged. P.J. was in no-man’s land. P.J. thought (Duane) was going to shoot it, then he went to the other side, to try to get an offensive rebound. Then, Duane — I have no idea how he saw P.J. — he kind of froze on me a little bit. He took a dribble into that seam, then kind of killed his dribble, kind of jumped up and, at the last second, I have no idea how he found P.J. He did and he made a clean pass. Then, P.J. figured out a way to catch it in the air — that was a Michael Beasley kind of play. I haven’t coached too many guys that have the ability to control themselves in the air, to be able to make a play like that.