Purnell: Post-game thoughts

CLEMSON - Listen to head coach Oliver Purnell after Wednesday's 80-77 loss to Virginia Tech.


ON THE GAME: "I thought we got off to a good start. I was disappointed with our ball handling in the first half with 12 turnovers. We just weren't sharp, and their press kept us from getting a good working margin."

ON VASSALO: "He got them going and we stopped trapping to eliminate that, which helped. We just couldn't make a shot in the lane. Terrence gave us a chance but it came down to making a shot at the end and we couldn't."

ON GETTING OGLESBY THE BALL AT THE END: "That is where we wanted to go, and he had some room but passed it off to Stitt. He was definitely our first option."

ON VIRGINIA TECH: "I give them credit. We came out of the blocks well, but they were tough and came up with big plays."

Virginia Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg

ON THE GAME: "When you look at the history of these games, a 3-point win is basically a blowout. These have turned into epic games where all the guys play hard, they're well coached, and we're very proud to walk away with the win."

"Before the game, I told the guys to go out, play hard and be tough. I told our guys that they had to attack, stay freed up, be aggressive, and whatever happens, happens; that's what we did. And we got the job done."

"We battled for rebounds this game and we got just enough to win."

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