OVERALL THOUGHTS: "I thought we played very well today. Obviously we played well and made
shots in the second half and I thought even in the first half we played
well. We had to be ready for a team that came in with some confidence and
they were ready to go. They started to narrow the lead there at the end of
the half, but we made a big play going into the half. K.C. picked off a
pass and went in and gave us a little bit of momentum. And then a couple
of things just didn't go well for them coming out of the half. Our guys
were in it for the long haul and the recognition of an ACC game on our
home court certainly sank in. It was one of our better games of the year
at an opportune time."
ON TREVOR BOOKER: "Teams are doubling Booker now, and he's doing an outstanding job of
finding people. He only took 5 shots for the game, but he set up so many
other guys. And teams are going to double like that, but we have the
ability to tear from the outside, as long as we're making great shots.
Our ball movement was really good in the second half."
ON BENCH PLAY: "Energy. Effort. We didn't lose anything, particularly defensively, as
they came in, and that's what we try to do every game. You need at least 9
guys to do that, and they need to be effective guys. And all of our guys
were pretty effective tonight."
Maryland Head Coach Gary Williams
ON THE GAME: "Clemson did a good job tonight. They made us scramble in the first half
and we missed shots down the stretch and they made them. Once they got
hot it was hard to stop them and we had trouble scoring."
ON THE SIZE OF CLEMSON:
"We have beaten teams with a lot of size, they are a very good team and
should be ranked. We held them in the first but just couldn't in the
second. They are going to hurt a lot of teams with their size."
"He is a very good player. Stitt also did a good job for them tonight.
They have a good combo with their three point shooters and inside
presence. They are very hard to defend."
ON THE PACE OF THE GAME:
"It does wear you down, but we had enough players and just didn't make
layups when we broke the press."
ON THE PRESS:
"We press a lot so we are used to it. Clemson did a good job of
transitioning out of the press when it wasn't working."
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