Tommy Dempsey after Rider's 69-49 loss
Just hard to find a lot of positives, or any. We’re in a tough place right now. We’re not playing well. We’re not shooting well, obviously, and just can’t get it going for whatever reason. We just have to keep pushing. I don’t know any other way. We haven’t been in this place in a while. Hopefully we’ll play ourselves out of it.
Is there a message that someone or everyone isn't getting?
I don’t know. I don’t know. I think that we’re together. I think the players want to be good. It’s just not going well. I think this is where as leaders we have to be at our best, starting at the top with me and trickling down to the captains, Justin and Ryan and Mike.
The easiest thing to do is blame one another, but I’m not blaming them, I certainly hope that they’re not blaming me and that they’re not blaming each other. I think that’s how you turn things around. We’re in it together when it’s going good. We’re in it together when it’s going bad, and right now it’s going bad.
On being out-rebounded 50-32:
I don’t think it’s a lack of effort. We struggled early with transition defense. I was barking in the huddle about getting back on defense, and Iona did a good job of attacking us after misses early, so maybe that had a little bit to do it. We weren’t in good rebounding positions either, because a lot of shots came out of their press where you’re not in great rebounding position to begin with. We ended up playing small a lot because of all the press, just trying to get some ball-handling teams out on the court, so we didn’t have our big lineup in there very much, which was also a factor.
Does the team need a reminder that this same group won 19 games last year?
I think I know who we are from a standpoint of we know how many games we won over the last few years. I don’t think anybody has given in that we can’t win several more this year. I haven’t had a chance to talk to them much about what just happened, but going into today’s game, there wasn’t a sense of that. I think we were just trying to play ourselves out of a funk. It just hasn’t happened. When it does, we’ll start getting some wins.