AUDIO: Purnell discusses huge win

CLEMSON - Listen to head coach Oliver Purnell discuss Monday night's win over Winthrop.

OLIVER PURNELL (11:17)

OVERALL: "I am pleased with our team's approach and effort tonight. We wanted to come out strong tonight and establish a habit of it. I think we did that. We got a lot of guys minutes and experience. We had a good balance in scoring and minutes which creates good team chemistry."

ON HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS: "I told them we had to stay strong to win because Winthrop has come back from double digits and won this year. We did start better in the second half. We executed the little details better and the pressure defense. We were rewarded for that."

ON THE UPCOMING WEEK: "We have tests coming up where we'll find out where we are and where we need to go as a team. I think we are a pretty good basketball team, but we could play better. We need to focus on the details which will be exposed by other teams. We have to improve to beat the really good teams. I feel good about going to California. I feel we can go out and play with those teams. We are going to be pushed, but I am anxious and interested to see how we will react."

ON THE FRESHMEN: "They are part of the rotation. They are going to make an impact and be involved. If we are going to be successful as a team, that's what they need to do."

ON DAVID POTTER: "He is playing relaxed and senior-like. He has always been a good on-the-ball defender. Now he is also making shots at a phenomenal rate."

ON JERAI GRANT: "He is a big factor. He's had some foul trouble before, but he only had one foul in the first half. We need him. I liken his progress to (Raymond) Sykes, but I think he can be better than him. He is a shot blocker and can finish at the rim with authority."

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