UNC-FSU: Postgame Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina
Posted Mar 14, 2009


ATLANTA -- Listen and read postgame interviews with Roy Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Bobby Frasor, Ty Lawson, Danny Green and Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, Toney Douglas and Solomon Alabi following Saturday’s ACC semifinal loss to the Seminoles at the Georgia Dome.

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ROY WILLIAMS, TYLER HANSBROUGH & WAYNE ELLINGTON

Listen to Audio (11:27)

Williams
Opening remarks:
"We're extremely disappointed, but at the same time we congratulate Florida State and Leonard Hamilton. Their team has had a big-time year. I knew they were going to make the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome today, but you like to win. The tournament next week is the one everybody ends up talking about, but at the same time, we're here, we're playing and we tried our best to win the game.

"You have to congratulate them. They shoot 67 percent in the second half. Both teams shot 35 percent in the first half. But when a team shoots 67 percent in the second half, it's hard to win. We had it in a position where we could have won the game, but a couple of plays went in a different direction. I thought Toney [Douglas] had slipped there. I didn't really see, but the referee called a foul on Ed [Davis], and that's what you've got to go with, because it's a play. It's very disappointing to us, but at the same time, you have to congratulate Florida State and move on."

On Danny Green:
"I have a great deal of confidence in Danny. He's played very well for us all year long. He's had a difficult time these last two days, there's no question about it. But these guys beside me have to do their job and play, and pull Danny along with them."

On Ty Lawson:
"I really don't know the answer to his status going forward. If this had been a Final Four [game], there is a good chance that Ty would have tried to play and I probably would have tried to play him. I didn't think it was the right thing to do. The swelling has gone down, but he hasn't practiced or done anything with live contact since last Sunday when we played Duke in our last home game. It's hard to tell, but I would hope that he'll be able to go."

Hansbrough
On he was fouled on the second-to-last possession:
“I’m not really sure what happened. To be honest with you, I’ll just watch it and see. I don’t really have an opinion on it right now. I just don’t really remember.”

On Florida State's size:
"We watched them on film and we've played them enough to know their style. I think Alabi presents some problems with his size, but I didn't really get into the flow of my game until the second half. I didn't really play that well in the first half."

Ellington
Did you get a good look at your last shot?
“Not really. They did a pretty good job defending me. I was coming off the screen and couldn’t get a clean look.”

Do you feel different about your game this year?
"Yes, a little bit. I've matured as a player and developed some things. I've just tried to get to the basket a lot more. I wish I could have made some more foul shots [today], but other than that, yes."


TY LAWSON

Listen to Audio (2:11)

On his right big toe:
“I’m walking on it in a regular shoe now. I was shooting today on it. I wasn’t really jumping on it, but it’s gotten a lot better from the last three days that I’ve been working with the doctors.”

On sitting out the ACC Tournament:
“We wanted to win this tournament real bad, because we want to win every game. But they didn’t want my toe to flare up, so he decided to sit me out this game. Our big goal is to win the [NCAA] championship, so that might have played a little bit into it.”


BOBBY FRASOR

Listen to Audio (2:03)

On the final play:
“We had a play called where Wayne was supposed to come off a screen. He got the ball, and he had been feeling it all day and it looked good, but if we could have called a timeout, I don't think it would have made a difference in that set.”

Is this a loss the team can live with?
"Live with as in accept it? No. We didn't play the way we wanted to play. We didn't get contributions from everyone. Danny's had a rough couple of games, and he usually plays better. We'll watch film and learn from it. The ultimate goal starts next weekend, and that’s what we have our eye on.”


DANNY GREEN

Listen to Audio (4:01)

On the loss:
"We're not satisfied about anything tonight. We could have played better. We could have done a lot of things better. We stuck it out, and we were tough enough to stick it out, but what we did wasn't good enough to win the game."

Did you know a timeout wasn't going to be called there at the end?
"Not really. I didn't know what was going on. We just knew what we had to do. We had to get stops and scores, so we were trying to get some stops and try to execute our plays on the opposite end of the floor."


LEONARD HAMILTON, TONEY DOUGLAS & SOLOMON ALABI

Listen to Audio (9:37)

Hamilton
Opening remarks:
"Obviously, it was a very hard-fought game. I thought North Carolina did a very good job of defensively getting us out of rhythm in the first half. They did a great job of overplaying us. We were very fortunate to kind of come back there at the end and make a couple of plays. In the second half, I thought we got good shots, some of them just didn't fall. What made the difference was that we got the stops during that period of time that we had to get the stops.

"That's what has happened so much in the ACC. The games are in doubt down to the last three or four minutes, and the team that normally makes the plays at the end of the game pulls it out. We were very fortunate that we made the plays when the game was on the line that gave us a chance to win."

On beating North Carolina:
“It means an awful lot for my seniors because they've been such great leaders this year. They've made tremendous sacrifices, but they've been such great leaders for so many youngsters coming into this program. They've had the team in the palm of their hands. I'm happy for them and happy for our program. We’ve been close so many times and we’ve had injuries but this year has been one of those years where we have the team we started with, and I think it’s made a big difference in how well we have progressed. We've been able to keep working and improving."



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