Purnell Postgame Press Conference

CLEMSON - Listen to head coach Oliver Purnell discuss Wednesday's loss to Charlotte.


OPENING COMMENTS: I've got to give all the credit in the world to Charlotte. They played really well tonight; Charlotte out-hustled, out-scrapped, out-played us, and they beat us. I was very disappointed with the way we played and the way we handled the mental challenge. We had a chance to win there at the end, but inexplicably, we stopped getting the ball inside.

On Charlotte's offensive strategy: They spread us and were patient, they worked harder offensively than we did defensively, and they were able to get into the paint. That stretch at the end of the first half where they expanded the lead really hurt.

On his team's inability to hit three-point shots: They were out on us and didn't give us any wide-open looks. When that happens, you have to get the ball inside. We have to execute as a team and our young guys have to learn from this.

On James Mays' performance with the hand injury: He probably tried to do too much offensively, he played really well defensively. My hat goes off to him.

On whether his team had an emotional hangover: Apparently so.

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