Q&A With James Mays in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. – CUTigers.com spoke with James Mays moments after Clemson's 87-67 victory over N.C. State Tuesday night at the RBC Center in Raleigh. In his homecoming, Mays scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Q: How was it playing in your hometown?
"It's the first time I'm playing at home with a lot of family and friends in the stands watching. I wanted to stay undefeated and they gave me an extra boost of energy."

Q: What does 17-0 mean to you?
"It's special. It's something we're going to cherish. People have to respect us now."

Q: How has this team improved since the beginning of the season?
"Confidence. Confidence that we can finish games and that we can take on any challenges right now. We're finishing games off right now."

Q: When the buzzer sounded, there wasn't a lot of celebrating going on. In years past, there would have been a party. Is that a sign of how this team expects to win?
"As we win, we're getting more humble. We're getting used to it now. A couple of years ago, people were excited about winning and ACC road game. If you practice hard and play hard, you get wins. We're acting like winners now."

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