(Richard Pitino) at the Adidas Stop and he was
like: ‘We could have done some different things.’
But they didn’t – so we capitalized on it. Coach
Avery, he talked us through it, what was going to
be open, what to look for.
What was your mindset on the defensive end?
Sexton: Defensively, we just packed it in and
let them shoot. They made a few jump shots, but
we knew they weren’t going to continue to keep
The thing is, those are the hardest shots to make,
the ones where you’re WIDE open.
Was there something liberating about
playing 3-of-5 – with not much to lose and
the chance to just go off?
Sexton: Yeah, it was cool; it was kind of fun.
But at the same time, we wanted to win because
that game was very important. We were both top
25, and we were trying to stay in the top 25. And
after that, we actually didn’t get back in.
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What was the crowd like as the second
half was unfolding?
Sexton: Well, (Barclays Center) had a whole
bunch of Minnesota fans, just because of Isaiah
Washington and certain players from New York.
So they had a big crowd there, but once we
started coming back, their fans started cheering
for us. And you could feel the momentum
shifting toward our side.
What was the reaction like afterward?
Sexton: The first reaction was our teammates
meeting us in the tunnel; they were all
screaming and yelling, excited even though we
They knew the importance of the game.
Was there something special about
getting drafted in the same arena where
you put yourself on the NBA’s map?
Sexton: Just getting drafted in that building, it