"There are going to be games where he plays like this and there is going to be confidence. There are going to be games when he doubts himself a little bit," Brownell said. "I had to get after him in the middle of the game, to light a fire and ask him if he was going to make any tough plays.
"You've got to get an offensive rebound at some point. He finally did and scored. That woke up him, got him excited and he played better."
The challenge lit a little fire in Nnoko's belly.
"I just got a little pissed off in the second half, because coach just kind of got on my back," he said.
That was the plan.
"With Landry Nnoko, he's got to get nastier. He's got to get meaner. He's got to go do tougher things sometimes," Brownell said. "Go get a rebound and just go make a put-back."
Sometimes, for the Clemson bigs, the K.I.S.S. formula works just fine: keep it simple stupid.
"Put a guy on your back, we're going to throw you the ball, figure out a way to score or get fouled, duck in, just be powerful, [and] be physical," Brownell said. "We're not over coaching it. We're simplifying it. We're running it right down their throat, and that's what you've got to do."
And that's what Nnoko did in the second half.
"[Brownell] just wants me to keep improving. Sometimes, I don't play to my abilities. I play kind of soft…kind of just cruise around. He just wants me to keep playing, keep improving," Nnoko said.
The slow start"We showed a little immaturity. We weren't quite as focused, defensively. We made a ton of errors at the beginning of the game, defensively. We haven't done much of that, and they capitalized on that." - Brownell
"Just having different guys, we have so many guys that can make plays. Coach let us know, all the starters, if you're not playing, not ready to play, get ready to be out. We have a lot of depth, so next guy up." - Nnoko
"In the second half, we defended like we were supposed to. We were playing much better, made less mistakes and caused them some problems. We kind of toughed our way through offensively." - Brownell
Coleman heats up"I was just trying to be aggressive and bring energy. They switched up defenses a lot, played a lot of zone. It was kind of a funky game to get an offensive feel for, so I just wanted to try to be aggressive, take the opportunities that were there and made sure I tried to give my teammates energy." - Devin Coleman
"Devin Coleman shot the ball well in the first half and kept us in it a little bit." - Brownell