Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett discusses the Cavaliers' 86-48 win over Morgan State.
On getting easier baskets after a slow start on offense:
“I thought we got some decent shots in the first half. I think some guys were a little anxious. We didn’t finish the way we should have. I saw we had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half. Our shots weren’t going down. They were decent looks, but some were a little forced. Getting on the glass and getting out in transition were the two things that opened it up for us. We had a nice flurry at the end of the first half. Darius [Thompson] and Devon [Hall] gave us nice lifts. I thought that helped extend our lead. We continued on in the second half inside and were much more inside-oriented against their size.”
On how Virginia handled the new 30-second shot clock:
“I don’t think it was relevant this game. I think there will be some games where we’ll have to get the ball up the floor quicker. When teams are set and hard to score against, we’ll have to rotate the ball more so that’ll come into play. Hopefully, when we’re locked in defensively, it’ll be hard for teams. We forced a few shot clock violationstonight, but time will tell on that one.
On the play of Darius Thompson:
“He’s long and he gets his hands on balls in the passing lane on defense. He’s good in the open court. He gives us a dimension that we haven’t had. Devon, Marial [Shayok], Evan [Nolte], and Darius were all guys I considered starting. I think Darius gives us another ball-handler out there since he played some point guard at Tennessee. I like the notion of having three ball-handling guards out there, and I like Devon and Marial’s scoring lifts off the bench. Tonight, I went with Evan as more of a forward sub.”
On the play of Mike Tobey:
“He looks a little stronger and a little more explosive. He made some nice up-and-unders. He showed goods hands on the catch, so that was good to see. He and Anthony [Gill] had nine offensive rebounds between them in the limited time they were out there.”
On mixing Jack Salt and Jarred Reuter into the rotation:
“I thought Jarred Reuter did a good job and you saw Jack Salt’s physicality. You saw our depth tonight. I believe it will be a game-to-game kind of rotation depending on what kind of teams we play. I’ll study George Washington, but I know how they challenged us last time and how physical they are. There are going to be times where you need physicality. That’s where guys like Jack or Jarred have a chance to get in there. You can’t always play 10 or 11 guys like this, so that’s where it gets tricky. Those guys could certainly be a part of the equation.”
On the ovation Jack Salt received when he entered the game:
“He’s one of the more likable guys you’ll ever be around. He’s a good guy, but I didn’t realize [the ovation]. Maybe they’re all rugby fans in the crowd.”