Post-game Senior Night audio

CLEMSON - Tanner Smith, Andre Young and head coach Brad Brownell on Thursday's Senior Night win over Virginia Tech.


On the nature of tonight's win:
"It was a toughness win. It was a mental, physical grind-it-out type of game where you have to show some guts and do things that aren't fun. You have to fight through screens. You have to keep everybody in front of you as hard as you can and make them shoot a contested shot. You have to go block out. You have to grind on offense and move the ball and cut. It's exhausting. You have to play with great discipline and you have to execute, and we did that."

On getting his team to the point where it can win a game like this:
"It's because of the way we work and the way we practice every day and how hard these guys go at it that we've improved. We're a better team in February than we were in November and December. We're markedly better. We've had 25 or 30 games and a bunch of good practices. Things have come our way a little bit."

On his message to the team after past close losses:
"It was only a couple of possessions. If we could just continue to grind and push the boulder up the mountain, we would eventually get there and start to have some success. The thing that speaks to the character of the kids is that it's easy to say, but it's hard to want to come to work every day and keep pushing the boulder. It's not fun when you don't get results. That speaks to their character and their maturity. They're not going to let a little adversity stop them. They believe in what we're doing. They like the way we play. They like their teammates. It was just a couple of bad situations."

On the difficulty of consistent play:
"We have to really work to get things. We have to work hard to get stops. Offensively, we really have to execute things well. There are a lot of things that go into playing really well. That's why it's so hard to have a lot of games like that."

His thoughts on Tanner Smith's and Andre Young's impact on the team: "They don't get enough credit for being good players. They are really good players. We look at things the wrong way sometimes. All the things they can do—making threes, making good passes, good basketball IQ plays, poise under pressure, willingness to be coached, willingness to come and work hard every day, willingness to be leaders and put their necks out in front of other people. There are a lot of things that go into being really good. They care more about the team than they care about their stats and what's going on with that. There are checks in all of those boxes." Top Stories