And it should probably be carbon-copied to the Clemson fans.
"We're not giving up on you," Brownell told reporters, when asked what he
told his team after Tuesday night's 64-62 loss to Maryland. "You can't
give up on the season."
He added, "You're playing well enough and competitive enough that this
could turn our way."
Five of the six ACC losses this season have seen the Tigers have lose by a
combined total of 13 points. Tuesday night's game was the third time in
conference play that Clemson has lost by two points.
"We're that close in one or two possession games," said Devin Booker, who
is second on the team 11 points per game.
Andre Young, the leading scorer, thinks the Tigers are a "good team,"
despite their record.
"[We've] got to just find out what we need to do to be a great team," he
said. "Great teams do the little things, so we need to do the little
things better -- box-out, get rebounds, be solid on the defensive end,
continue to execute on the offensive end."
Meanwhile, Clemson [11-12, 3-6 ACC] has seven games left on the schedule,
including trips to Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State. Remaining on the home slate are dates with Virginia, N.C. State and
"You've just got to keep grinding," Brownell said. "It goes with the
territory. Believe me, it's not easy at all. When you're putting as much
time, energy and effort as we are and you come up short like this, it
"It's easier when you get beat by 18 or 20. The other team plays great.
You play bad. Sometimes, in coach axiom, you just burn the tape and you
just kind of move on…to our kids' credit, that really hasn't happened in
Said Brownell: "It's a test of our character, to see how we handle it and
how we respond."
No giving up with these Tigers
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