Head coach Mike Brennan and Charlie Jones spoke after American's Patriot League opening 68-66 loss to Loyola. Full video above and selected quotes below.
"Loyola's a good team. Jarred Jones and Andre Walker, they're a handful. To be honest, I thought we did an OK job on Walker and he still had 18 and 7 (rebounds). We just didn't have enough. I thought we battled back, we fought, but that's a typical league game."
ON LOYOLA SCORING IN THE PAINT
"A lot of drives, a lot of guys that can — it wasn't necessarily post moves. It was a lot of drives. So it was hard to find someone for Mark to guard. But they're good at what they do."
ON JARRED JONES
"He gets where he wants to go. You sort of know what he wants to do, but it's hard to stop him. ... whoever you put on him, he'll take advantage of who's guarding him, he can do a lot of different things. Score in the post, drive from the outside, so we gotta figure something out next time we play them."
ANY THOUGHT TO GOING ZONE?
"No, we haven't practiced it enough to do it in a game. Not tonight."
ON PLAYING ALEX OVER JAMES (19 to 13 minutes)
"Alex has been practicing really well. He's been just real sharp offensively, defensively, tough. He sort of understands the importance of everything. He's been fighting for minutes and reps in practice, so I think if he gets more reps, he'll play even better. I thought he gave us really good minutes tonight."
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE DEFENSIVELY?
"Just focusing in, our toughness through those final seconds of the shot clock. I mean, every second of the possession's important. Fighting through a screen early on, making sure you're on the right guy and when the clocks winding down, just trying to get a stop."