"That's just a reflection of his basketball knowledge," said head coach Eric Flannery. "He's concerned about winning. He's concerned about making sure that the game kind of comes to him and whether he's going to help us win by rebounding the basketball or making assists, getting his teammates involved. That's what he's about, and that's what makes him special. He's a great player, a great athlete, he's got all those things, but he's also got the intangibles that make him special."
Roe was not given the opportunity to get into a rhythm offensively with two and three players running at him whenever he touched the ball, pushing him as far away from the basket as they could.
"I think tonight they were doing a great job of being really physical with him and trying to keep him off the glass," said Flannery. "I think, quite frankly, that he got fouled a lot more than what they called. He's been averaging close to 30 per game, but he's very unselfish, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to win. He'll say he's happy tonight just because we won the game."
"I couldn't get anything going," Roe said. "I couldn't get any calls [on fouls]. I was getting double-teamed in the post a lot so I tried to pass it out to [my teammates], and they were making some shots. We got on them early, and it was history after that."
"Our goal was to be very focused right from the beginning and tried to play with a lot of energy right from the start," said Flannery. "I think our defensive pressure and intensity was the difference early. We were getting good shots off of our defense. We were getting lay-ups in transition and some easy open looks."
He had a tip-in early in the game and then went on an eight-point flurry in the closing minutes of the half with slashing moves to the basket. He finished off his scoring for the night in the second half with a single tip-in before heading to the bench to watch his teammates for the night.
On the way down to Myrtle Beach the Eagles stopped off in Chapel Hill to practice one last time prior to the tournament
"We drove to Carolina--we practiced at North Carolina last night and then we came in from North Carolina to here…," said Flannery. "[We practiced] at the Dean Dome. It was a great experience. The kids loved it. Obviously, as a coach I love it. It was a great opportunity for us as coaches to take it all in and enjoy the atmosphere. When we stepped on the floor I said, 'Hey guys, for the next hour and a half enjoy it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.'"
Flannery has former player who led to a connection to the Tar Heels.
"With Jawad Williams going to North Carolina also, we just made contact with their coaches saying, 'Hey, we're coming through,'" said Flannery. "In the state of Ohio it's actually a rule that you can't, but we got approval from the state and so on, and Coach Robinson from North Carolina--we got a hold of him and they were more than happy [to set it up]. Because it was a quiet period, they couldn't be around at all. We just kind of had the balls out and got in there. It was an awesome experience. It was great for us to get on the floor."
Before leaving Roe picked up a bit of Tar Heel history.
"I learned the Four Corners," said Roe. "I learned about that. There was a restaurant called 'Four Corners', and my coach told me about it. I learned a lot about it and how Dean Smith was the first person to do the Four Corners [offense]."
Up next for St. Edwards is Mt. Saint Joseph's at 8:45 on Thursday night.