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“Well we saw a big-time basketball team play in a tough environment. Our guys in the second half, I loved how hard we competed. In the first half I didn’t think we played nearly as hard nor as effectively or intelligently as we needed to play. In the second half I was much more pleased with how we did. But, you’ve got to credit Boston College every time down. They ran their offense. It was a game where I was hoping our speed would counteract some of their strength but we weren’t able to do that. We couldn’t deny because they would just body us up and get where they wanted to go. Now, I’m not saying they did anything dirty or nothing. That’s not what I’m saying at all. I admire the way they played down the stretch.
“It seemed like every time we’d get right there where I thought we could get over the hump, but we couldn’t get a stop. In a big moment, we had a four-point game and Marcus [Ginyard] has got a wide-open three from the corner and misses. Then [Tyrese] Rice goes down and makes a three. So, we had a chance to cut it down to one and it goes to seven in about ten seconds.
“But, again, it’s a big-time club and I thought Tyrese [Rice] was really big for them off the bench. They made big shots and [Craig] Smith and [Jared] Dudley just do the right things and help their team win. I told Al congratulations. He’s got big-time club that made big-time plays when they had to make them. Again, I’m very pleased with how our kids played and competed in the second half. But, you don’t stop somebody as good as Boston College with a 12-point lead. We made some mistakes. But, they competed their tails off in the second half.”
On Boston College
“They’re a veteran club. Somebody told me they’ve got something like 400 starts coming back on that team. Not only are they experienced, but they’re talented, they’re gifted. They do what they did in practice every day. We were not able to take them out of anything. We’ve got to get stronger. There’s no question we’ve got to get a little more physical and be able to battle some so you can get the spots that you want. So, when you step inside to box out and the guy breaths on you, you don’t go flying out of there and let him get the rebound. We’ve got to get bigger and stronger in the weight room. If we’d competed better in the first half and done the things that gives this team a chance on most nights, we’d have had a better chance to win this game.”
On how to eliminate the bad spurts
“If I knew how to eliminate it, we’d have already eliminated that sucker. Part of it, you always have to give credit to the other team. The other team had something to do with it. It’s not just North Carolina playing out there. Boston College was picked second in the league in the preseason. I really like their club. I watched them a couple times last year when they started out 20-0. You’ve got to give them some credit. We could have helped ourselves, there’s no question. We didn’t do some things that we need to do. We didn’t play as intelligently as we wanted to. But, again I’ve got to give the other team some credit.”