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Opening Statement -
"For thirty minutes I thought it was a really good basketball game. I think there were two or three storylines. One was there work on the offensive boards; they were killer. The second was our inability to put the ball in the basket. It does hurt. We had six possible points at the free-throw line that we missed. [Duke] had 23 offensive rebounds. I would think that's the most we have given up all year.
"But there are no moral victories. We have got to play better. I thought we really had the intensity during the first thirty minutes that we needed and should have had for the whole season.
"After that, I think it was just [Duke's] work on the offensive boards. They seemed hungrier to get there and we just didn't do a good job of boxing out or chasing the ball. And then they made four baskets in a row and we came up empty on the other end [each time]. "
On the intensity in the final ten minutes of the game -
"I don't know if there was a drop-off [in intensity]. They were just more active and we didn't do a good job of getting them off the boards. Also, Nolan [Smith] didn't make any field goals in the first have and then made two key one [at the end of the game]. And Jon Scheyer then made a three. [Duke] continued to score and we came up empty on the other end."
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On how this team can bounce back from tonight, where it looked like a big win was within reach -
"It's difficult, but we've just got to get ready for the next one. Can't sit here and cry about this and sulk about this - we've just got to lace them up again to practice and get ready for another game. We've got to be ready to play a more complete game."
On what happened offensively as the team hit a drought down the stretch -
"I think we just lost our focus a little bit, weren't executing as well and we weren't as patient to take a better shot. We took some marginal shots late in the game and they worked it around until they got a great shot. They made plays and made shots. Once again we got to the point where we needed to make plays and we didn't."
On the team's intensity -
"We felt very confident coming into this game and very excited about this rivalry. We didn't sustain that focus and intensity for the whole game. That last eight minutes we didn't quite have what we needed."
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On Duke's 23 offensive rebounds -
"A little bit of long shots and long rebounds. Myself and Ed could have done a better job, but the long shots and long rebounds ... when you take three-pointers there are going to be long rebounds. And the balls just bounced their way."
On the team's effort -
"It definitely was there. You play a game like this and you expect guys to come out and play hard."
On where this team goes from here -
"You've got to continue to fight. If you give in then there's no hope. Continue to come back and continue to work. Giving up is the easy way out."
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On rating the team's focus for this game -
"I thought the guys came in with a lot of intensity and a lot of focus. Everybody concentrated from the get-go and as Coach said, for the last seven or eight minutes we lost it. College basketball is 40 minutes - we have to have that kind of focus for the whole game."
What happened those last eight minutes?
"We stopped attacking, stopped getting easy buckets. Throughout the game we were working to get the shots we wanted to get. At the end of the game we were forcing the issue, not attacking and settling for outside shots."
On how this team went from the good start, with wins over Ohio State and Michigan State, to its current state -
"Good question. Somewhere along the road we just got a little too full of ourselves maybe. We stepped out on the court and thought teams would lay down for us, but the exact opposite happen - teams gave us their best game every night. By the time we needed to pick it back up it was too late we were in a hole."
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On the position the team is in -
"We can't give up, we can't give up. We've got to keep pushing. I think that as a team, we're going to see who we are as people through this stretch and I feel like we'll keep pushing and things are going to get better. It's tough. No one in that locker room ever experienced something like this at any level. It's tough, but we've got to push through it and we've got to get better every day and keep making progress."
On finding any positives from the game -
"The biggest positive is the way we played the first 32 minutes. If we had played that way the entire season, we would not be in this predicament right now. In the back of my mind it is killing me. If we had played like that from the start of Virginia Tech until right now, who knows what our record could be, but I know we wouldn't be in this situation right now."
On his improved play and increased minutes -
“I don’t remember what game it was, but I played about five minutes and that flipped the switch in my head and I said, ‘I’ve got to start playing harder, working harder, coming to practice every day and playing hard.' That’s what I’ve been doing and that’s been carrying over to the games. That’s the secret right there – just play hard.”
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On what happened at the end of the game -
"We just weren't making plays and they came down and showed us why they are the number seven team in the country, Scheyer made some tough, big shots. Every time they had an answer for everything we did and even when we weren't doing something they still had an answer. They made plays and we didn't. I can't put another formula together."
On what he can take away from the first 32 minutes -
"Just the fact that we were right there. A lot of games we were right there and one stretch has made it look worse than it really was. I don't take a moral victory from this. A loss is a loss. You just got to keep coming back to work and my chair's not going to fold, it's going to sit there strong."
On if this game was the team's last chance to turn the season around -
"We've got another game on Saturday. Strap up and give it our all again. I'm not folding my chair up. I'm keeping my chair strong and I don't think my teammates are either and I know the coach isn't. [Coach Williams] hates losing. We all hate losing and we've got to make plays. That was the message, make plays. He loves our effort and if we had been doing this from game one, there's no telling what position we'd be in.
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Opening Statement -
"I thought a huge play was 54-48 Henson hitting two free throws making it 54-50. We calm down, ran a set to get John open, he hit Brian (Zoubek) and he gave Kyle (Singler) and unbelievable pass for a layup. Those two possessions were huge for us. John (Scheyer) made some huge plays for us; we shot 50% from three and about 20% from two. A lot of that has to do with the fact that when you have it close its tough to score against them. I thought they played really hard and well and it was a heck of a game. So we're proud to win and thankful we came out on top."
"We hit some shots, the team that was going to hit some shots was going to get some separation or it was going to come down to one possession and someone's going to hit a free throw instead. John (Scheyer) was huge throughout with 24. I thought he played a sensational basketball game."
On not shooting well -
"We tried to tell them to not worry about not hitting. You can get flustered when you don't hit. I said we're playing really well otherwise we'd be losing. We kept reassuring them at time outs that we were going to start hitting some shots. Just hang in there and take every shot fresh and they did. You can say whatever you want but its up to them and they did.
On Duke's defense:
"We didn't give them good looks, we were able to get some defensive stops, they didn't score, controlled clock and made enough free throws down the stretch to get a four-possession lead in the last two minutes which was utopia in this game"