OLIVER PURNELL: (6:17)
"I give Duke all the credit for their defense. I didn't like our offensive
approach. We had too many dry periods. Our defense was great in the first
half. Your defense is really working if you only allow 23 points in a
half. The beginning of the second half killed us. We turned it over too
many times. We had 13 turnovers in the first 22 minutes. We struggled
against their defense. We got the ball to (Trevor) Booker but I don't
think we got it to him enough. They were able to handle our defensive
pressure very well. We had them tired at the end, but we just couldn't
score enough to get back into it."
ON THE OFFENSE: "The tempo was too slow. We didn't play the speed we needed to play to get
the win. We defended well enough to win, but we let them control the pace.
Most of our points come off of turnovers and when you only turn them over
twice in the second half, you don't score a lot of points."
ON DEFENSIVE PRESSURE: "During the second half, Duke handled our pressure as well as anyone in a
half. Both teams went after each other physically. We played defense well
enough to win, we just couldn't score."
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI: (9:48)
"I am proud of our men. They played like men tonight because we played
men. This was a game where points were difficult to come by and I thought
both defenses were outstanding. We just got a couple of breaks that made
the difference. In a game like this there is not much to separate the
winner and the loser. I think Clemson is a very good team and played
their butts off tonight. I thought Lance Thomas was very strong tonight.
He did a great job inbounding the ball and not making mistakes. I am
proud of our guys."
"You are not going to stop Booker. I think he is one of the best players
in America and definitely one of the top players in this league. He has
such a strong influence on the game and may be one of their best passers,
but tonight he was not able to influence the game in that area."
DEMONTEZ STITT: (6:16)
TREVOR BOOKER: (2:10)
AUDIO: Purnell, Stitt and Krzyzewski
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