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In his words: Purdue coach Matt Painter

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Boiler coach searching for effort from his team

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 8:55 am

Purdue coach Matt Painter talked to the media after Saturday's loss to No. 1 Indiana at Assembly Hall.

On is he running out of ways to get Boilers to play hard:

"There's no doubt you're frustrated. We have to do a better job of maintaining that consistent effort. Then, when you don't consistently shoot well, when you don't knock down a good shot, it's tough. We had some good looks especially inside. We have to convert some of those. It gets very frustrating for them and it makes it worse. You throw on top of that you're playing the best team in the country and it's a recipe for disaster."

On starting Sandi Marcius and Jacob Lawson to start the second half:

“I thought they played harder. You can't coach effort at times. You have to play hard every night. You have to be focused. You're not young in February when those guys have played a lot. You can't use that as an excuse.”

On A.J. Hammons:

“We've got to get him to be consistent and to finish plays. We have to do a better job of getting him involved and he's got to do a better job of holding his position.

“(In the first IU game, when he scored 30 points), he scored a lot of points after the game was over. Score when it counts. We need him to start games and establish that low post presence.”