"It's a disappointing loss, certainly. I thought we played really well in
the first half. We executed and made shots, and we had a working margin.
In the second half, both teams were just grinding it out. Baskets were
hard to come by. That was really the difference—we had some open threes
that my shooters that normally make, and we had some plays in the paint
that got blocked, or we missed or we hurried. I thought both teams
competed extremely hard and went after each other. We defended really
well, but you have to find a way to scrape together a few more points. We
just didn't get it done."
On the defensive philosophy down the stretch of the game:
"You're just trying to make it hard for them to get the ball in. We
certainly were trying to make it hard for (Bruce) Ellington. With that
little time, you don't have a lot of choices. You're just trying to
pressure and make sure you have time to get something coming back."
On the inability to convert easy baskets:
"Those are back-breaking plays, when you get it to a point in your offense
when you get it where you want to get it and you don't get anything out of
it. It's frustrating, but that's really the game. At the end of the day,
your guys have to find a way to get the ball in the basket. I thought we
did a pretty good job. We were pretty patient. We got a lot of paint
touches, and we got some kick-out threes against the zone. There are going
to be some nights—and there have been two right now—where Andre (Young)
goes 2-for-9. Those nights, we've lost both games. But that wasn't the
overriding factor. The factor was that we had it around the rim several
times in the paint and didn't come away with any points. You have to get
fouled. You have to do something. They even blocked one that hit the
On trying to get his team to improve:
"We need to be playing better in February. That's when you want to play
your best basketball. At the beginning of the season, you're still trying
to figure things out a little bit. It would be great if this game was like
the football rivalry, if it was the last game of the season, in some ways.
Our job is to try to make our guys as good as they can be throughout the
long race, and we'll get back to work on Monday."
AUDIO: USC 58 Clemson 55
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