Julius Mays, Alex Poythress & Archie Goodwin Post-Missouri Interviews

Kentucky Men’s Basketball
Kentucky vs. Missouri
Postgame Quotes
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 24, 2013

Kentucky Student-Athletes

#10 Archie Goodwin, G

On this being a statement game…
“Oh man, I mean we fought hard. That is what it ultimately came down to. We made a lot of mistakes, but at the end we just wanted it more than they did.”

On the toughness showed by Kentucky in this game…
“I think we showed a lot of toughness. This game right here just showed that we can do it. We just have to continue to build from here and just carry it over from game to game.”

On his personal play in the second half…
“It is pretty hard to beat that second half I played, I played a pretty good second half. I don’t even like speaking high on myself so that just lets you know how I feel about it.”

On what Julius Mays has meant to this team…
“There is not another person like Julius. He’s a great leader and a great big brother to me, he’s like my best friend. He is just always there for encouragement when things aren’t going our way. He is always the person that pulls me aside to get my head back right.”

#34 Julius Mays, G

On how fun the game was tonight…
“It was a lot of fun. Obviously we would have rather won in regulation but to come out with the win and for guys that played as hard as they did and fought, battled and not give up, it was good.”

On Alex’s (Poythress) play tonight…
“He stepped up big, if he can play like that every game we can be a dangerous team. Willie (Cauley-Stein) too, he didn’t score as much today but his presence was unbelievable.”

On the difference between the half’s in regard to rebounding …
“Yeah, definitely. With Nerlens (Noel) being gone, there’s a lot of stuff that we have to make up for, obviously we aren’t going to block a lot of shots. Willie did today but, rebounding is big. We have to help out Willie and Alex and the guards got to make up rebounding, where we lose with Nerlens.”

On the last play of regulation …
“I didn’t even know how much time I had. When the guy jumped in front of me, I did not see the time. I was making sure I did not turn it over. I saw Archie (Goodwin) at the end, but if I threw the pass, by the time the guy jumped in front of me I don’t know if he would’ve got it off. I just launched it.”

#22 Alex Poythress, F

On his performance…
“I tried to make plays. I just wanted to play hard for my team.”

On being in the spotlight…
“I can live without it.”

On Kentucky’s effort tonight…
“We knew they were a physical team. We knew they were a good team. We knew we had to crash the boards. We are going to have to learn to play through mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, everyone will miss shots and turn the ball over sometimes. It was a good win, we just try to take it one game at a time.”

On the Kentucky fans tonight…
“The crowd was incredible. The fan support was great, I hope they are like that every game.”

On Julius Mays as a teammate…
“Julius is incredible. On and off the court he is always there to help us when we are in need. We look to him for guidance, he always knows the right things to say.”

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