Head coach Mike Brennan spoke after American fell to Army 53-49, dropping the Eagles to 4-13, 1-5 in the Patriot League. Full video above and select quotes below.
ARMY'S 3's IN TRANSITION IN SECOND HALF
"They're good in transition. They push it, they put the pressure on you. They've got a ton of guys throughout the game shuffling in and out and when you do have a breakdown, you don't get back that one time, they get open looks."
ON WHAT ARMY DID TO SLOW DOWN SA'EED NELSON
"Everyone's gonna start keying on him, they already are. But we need him to continue to be aggressive. The reason we're in the game is because of his aggression. So finding a balance -- he's a smarter player. He'll be able to figure out that balance; he's going through it. How to be aggressive, how to get other guys shots ... it's his first time against each team -- they play defense differently. He has to figure out, OK, this is how this team is playing him."
ON GETTING SA'EED A COUPLE MINUTES REST IN THE FIRST HALF
"He's holding up fine. It's more sort of mental. You think you -- he's short on a shot or something, you think, OK, maybe he needs a little rest right here. I probably won't do that again, because he's tough. He's tough and he's learning that 'OK, I gotta push through this.' He's getting better each game. I don't think I'm gonna take him out any more if I don't have to."
ON JAMES WASHINGTON NOT PLAYING RECENTLY AND WHETHER HE'LL BE PART OF ROTATION GOING FORWARD
"Definitely. He'll definitely be part of the rotation. Other guys just had really good practices. So it wasn't James not playing. It was Alex had some really good practices, Jalen had some really good practices, Lonnie has given us some good stuff. So there's other guys on the team that were practicing well. James had a really good practice yesterday -- that's why we gave him some minutes early on. But we just need help from everybody. And so those other guys just had good practices -- that's why they're in."
ON LONNIE'S REGRESSION IN MINUTES THE LAST TWO GAMES AND HOW MUCH LACK OF PRACTICE IS STILL AFFECTING HIM
"It's still an issue. He's not practicing fully. So we gotta monitor what he does in practice."