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“Needless to say, both teams needed a win today and Boston College got it and we didn’t. It’s frustrating for us. We did some good things early in the second half and then we lost our poise, lost our composure a little bit and they went back ahead. We make a good run defensively and get it back to a one possession game and then don’t get a stop in two of the last three possessions. And then we don’t get what we want on the offensive end. It was one of those things where I think we had a turnover. It's a frustrating time for us, the most frustrating time I've ever had in coaching, there's no question about that. Some way, somehow we’ve got to keep trying to do the best we can do.
“I didn’t think we played with a sense of urgency in the first half that we needed. We gave up a pitch ahead to their center for a layup. In the second half, we gave up another one to somebody else, which we should never do that. I felt like they were coming up with all of the 50-50 balls, and in the second half, like I say, we got off to a good start and things were easy. Then when it got difficult we didn’t play as well as we needed to play. It’s frustrating, that’s about the best way I can put it.”
On postseason aspirations:
“I thought we’d get on a great run and be in the NCAA Tournament. Now I’ve got to readjust and see if we can get it done by starting on Wednesday night… I did last night say, ‘Alright, we’re 3-8, let’s win five in a row and 8-8 will get us in.’ But we didn’t get the first step done.”
On David Wear:
“David Wear got hurt in practice yesterday and did not practice. He’s got a bad hip. We didn’t know until warm-ups today if he was going to be able to go. He said it still bothered him, but he wanted to try.”
On confidence issues:
“I feel like that’s a bunch of B.S. By golly, if you’re going to be a basketball player, be that. If you’re going to be afraid, come over there and sit down. I tried to be a psychologist for half the year, now it’s just, ‘You’ve got to get it done.’”
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Was the large amount of close-in misses pivotal today?
“Yeah, definitely. If those shots go in, if I make some shots inside, it’s totally a different game. It’s definitely a different game.”
Have you felt a sense of hopelessness with any of your teammates?
“I don’t think anyone has given up. We still go out there, every time we step on the court, and try to fight. We don’t go into a game thinking we’re going to lose or anything like that. So I don’t think anyone on this team has given up.”
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Did the team lose its poise down the stretch?
“I think so. From a team perspective, I think that we lost our poise probably about midway through the second half.”
Did you think Henson’s late goal-tending was a clean block?
“I thought it was. I got a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye, so I can’t be 100 percent sure, but I thought it was clean.”
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On Reggie Jackson:
"He killed us all day. That kind of summed up the whole day, what he did. I don't know if we lost our poise, but, like our season's been going, they made plays."
On finishing the season:
“We’ve got to win the ACC tournament, that’s pretty much it, point-blank… It’s life or death a couple weeks from now, and I hope as a team we treat it like that. We’ve just got to respond.”
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On his first game back:
“It felt good, just a little slow and everything. [I’ve] just got to get back to getting in the right spot on defensive and offensively finishing plays. I’ve just got to get back to where I was.”
How does your foot feel now?
"It feels good."