One-on-one with Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith came up big in the biggest game of the year. The sophomore guard scored 16 points in the University of Louisville's 59-51 win over Georgetown on Saturday night. After the game, Smith went one-on-one with InsideTheVille.com.

Jerry Smith came up big in the biggest game of the year. The sophomore guard scored 16 points in the University of Louisville's 59-51 win over Georgetown on Saturday night. Smith hit 5 of 6 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from three-point range, and both of his free throw attempts in 30 minutes. Smith also finished with two rebounds, two steals and three assists against only one turnover.


Smith says the Cards learned a valuable lesson
in their last loss at UConn.

What about your shooting tonight?

"Open looks and they were able to go down for me. That was the main thing."

What was the difference between the first half and second half?

"We were scoring the first half and they were scoring too, the main thing was just defense. Our execution didn't stop, we just had to stop them and that was the main thing, down the stretch we were able to get stops."

What does this win mean for you guys?

"It was huge. If we can just keep working hard now we'll be really good."

How tough was Georgetown's defense?

"They're so long and they've got great athletes, it was very tough, but we executed better down the stretch."

How much fun was it to play in a game like this?

"Since 10 this morning it's been fun, it's been crazy."

What's the preparation like for a game like this?

"Coach P is very, very into scouting and we pay attention to every little thing that a team does and in high school we never did that so it was kind of tough at first."

How much has having David Padgett back helped the team's shooting?

"Dave attracts so much attention inside because he's a problem for almost any big man and he's definitely going to find you. If they come up to him he's definitely going to find you right away. There's nothing like playing with Dave, he's great."

What's your best attribute right now?

"Defensive energy I would say. The main thing is, trying to get us going with defensive energy and the crowds feeds into it, then everybody else starting getting into it and that's the main thing I try to do."

Coach has talked a lot about taking uncontested shots since the loss at Connecticut, what about that?

"Some of them were challenged in the UConn game and it was definitely a valuable lesson we learned. We've tried to take that and mature from that and I think we have."

What about the upcoming road games?

"We go on the road to play DePaul and Providence, two good teams, we've just got to step up and try to focus in defensively and I think we'll be fine."


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