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“Needless to say, we feel a heck of a lot better than we’ve been feeling the last few games. Right before the half we were up eight or nine and they made their last three 3-pointers of the first half. All of a sudden, it’s a four-point game at halftime. I thought we would come out and play well in early in the second half. We had a wide open three for Marcus in the corner, Larry from the left wing and Deon had a 10-footer and we didn’t make them and they made some. All of a sudden, they made a couple of threes and it’s a five-point advantage their way… But it was one of those fortunate nights for us. We had some shots go in for us that didn’t go in for them.”
On the adjustments he made in the timeout at the start of the second half:
“That gives coaching too much credit. We made a silly mistake was the reason I called the timeout. We had two guys guarding one guy underneath the basket and letting a 3-point shooter shoot it out there with nobody guarding him. And we’d had two straight possessions defensively where we hadn’t done what we wanted to do. I just wanted to make them made at me or something. I yelled at them for a little bit. If they were going to get mad at me, maybe they’ll go ahead and focus on playing the game.”
On when he decided to start Ed Davis:
“At about 13 minutes on the game clock before the game started. I went out to talk to him at that point. He’d already lobbied for it a great deal this afternoon at the shootaround, and I told him I still wanted to watch him warm up and see how it felt at that time. I told him he had to be at least 90 percent or I wasn’t going to play him. Saturday and Sunday he did about 20 percent of practice, and during that time period, he wasn’t very effective. So today at shootaround, I said, ‘Can you play better than you did on Saturday and Sunday, because that wasn’t very good.’ I said, ‘How’s it feel compared to that?’ And he said, ‘The difference in night and day.’”
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On snapping the three-game losing streak:
“Enough is enough, I guess. It’s a relief, but it’s one game and one win. We just knew we had to play hard and we had to win.”
On his words to his teammates when N.C. State went up five points:
"I told the team this is where we've got to find some courage, put our feet down and step up to challenge, or this is where we're going to fold. We did a really good job of coming back and making plays down the stretch. It's something that we're very capable of. We finally stepped up and did it tonight."
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On the importance of this victory:
"We had no other option but to win. I don't even want to think about it."
On the team working to overcome its issues:
“Honestly, this wasn’t about them. It was definitely about us. We’ve had a long couple days of practice, and it definitely feels good to come here and get this win. It just feels good.”
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On his ankle’s improvement since Sunday:
“I actually did get better. I always joke around with the trainer that I spend more time with him than I do with my girlfriend. So I put in a lot of work trying to get my ankle better, probably three hours a day. Before class, after class, whenever I could get a chance. I’m still trying to get it back to 100 percent.”
Did the ankle hurt you any tonight?
“Not at all. I felt it a couple of times, but when you’re in a game, you don’t let stuff like that get to you.”
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On avoiding another defeat:
"We didn't want four losses in a row. We just got sick of losing and we just played our behinds off tonight."
On winning on the road:
"We're new to all this. We're 18 and 19 years old. To get a win against a crowd like that is big, because they were crazy."
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On winking to the Wolfpack student section after his air ball:
"They were talking about my game, so I gave them a little wink. I just wanted to mess with them a little bit."
On the jovial locker room:
“We haven’t won a road game. We haven’t had a happy bus ride back yet. It feels good to get the monkey off our back. We’ve just got to come to work tomorrow and keep competing and keep getting better.”
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On what was most disappointing:
“Our lack of aggression, especially on the boards, was very disappointing. They controlled the game. They just outplayed us and were better than us tonight.”
On the guard play:
“The team that has the best guard play will always have a chance to win the game. We’ve had some inconsistencies there. We didn’t get the ball up and down the floor today.”
On boxing out:
“If the official isn’t going to call over the back, you just have to push them back farther. They had I believe eight points in the first half after offensive rebounds.”
On the early momentum in the second half:
“We had something going and the crowd got into the game, but we just didn’t capitalize. We didn’t do a good job of getting the ball inside and North Carolina took the momentum."
“We had guys trying to make something happen, then turned the ball over. We showed our youth today. We were impatient and rushed ourselves.”