Hoops: Post-Game Quotes vs. Clemson

The Hurricanes fell to Clemson on Saunday 91-72 in the first ACC Conference game of the season for both teams. Read on to see what coaches and players were saying after the game about it.

Miami Head Coach Frank Haith

On the game…
"… Obviously that was a butt-whooping. Those guys gave it to us. They were tougher than we were. Mentally we weren't tough – we missed free throws and turned the ball over. That was the difference in the game. They played tough hard-nosed basketball and they went after us."

On the disappointment of the game…
"Still a disappointment, and that's the bottom line. The missed free throws and turning the ball over, and missed block-outs… It was just the basic things. We've got to get tougher as a basketball team – there's no question about that. There's no good loss, but sometimes you need to get your butt whooped the way we did tonight, and we did. So, it was an eye-opener for us, and we've got to get our guys back on track."

On if this is the game a coach fears with finals and winter break looming…
"Well, no question, we've had no practice in this gym. This wasn't because of exams, but this was because of graduation, and we were out of the gym [BankUnited Center] the entire week. That's not making excuses because we've got to be mentally tougher to make plays and make our free throws. You know, we had the tough schedule exam-wise, but certainly that was a difference with just getting in the gym and practicing. But I thought we had two really good practices prior to this game."

On where UM is compared to last year at this time…
"I don't know because even our good free throw shooters aren't shooting the ball well. We've got to fix it. None of our guys' mechanics are bad, it's just being tough and focused."

On whether or not it was tough to generate excitement because of Clemson's response…
"Obviously it became real tough because every time we made a run, they made plays, and you have to give them credit. I think they were really prepared and came after us. A lot of our turnovers were just silly turnovers. [Terrence] Oglesby, he's going to make some shots, and defensively we had a lot of breakdowns in the second half."

On if the calls affected the game at all for UM…
"It goes back to the toughness thing. When you let fouls dictate how you play, then that's not good. That's where we've got to get stronger on mental toughness. Obviously, I can't tell you where we had a bad whistle. There are some plays that could have gone our way, and they didn't. We cannot let that drain us. And that's where you saw guys let that affect us. That's disappointing because we have a veteran team and that should not happen."

On Cyrus McGowan's play…
"We need more production out of him, and he gave it to us tonight from an offensive standpoint. We just got to get consistency. We had the first 10 minutes where we went up 21-9, and then I think they outscored us 30 or 40 the rest of the game. There's no way that should happen. That's what's just disappointing, and it all comes down to one word—toughness. It's all about toughness. And we got ‘out toughed' tonight. When a team comes in your building and they display more toughness than we did, that's disappointing."

Jack McClinton

What happened differently after getting the lead in the first half…
"Like Coach [Haith] said, we turned the ball over and you can't win games when you turn the ball over."

On if Miami was prepared for everything Clemson did…
"No, we were definitely prepared for everything they did. We just didn't go out there and execute. Like Coach [Haith] said, we had two really good days of practice. We knew everything they were going to bring to us, and it just comes down to being tough and making plays. And today we just didn't do that."

On if the fouls affected the way UM played at all…
"I can't really say it affects you. You just have to put your chin up and keep playing. You're not going to get every call. When we're on the road, we're not going to get every call, so you just have to keep going."

James Dews

Talking about the pressure put on UM in the backcourt…
"I think like Coach [Haith] said about toughness, it's playing smart. We were rushed into a lot of bad passes and then they converted off of them. That's what helped their run." "We have to take it upon ourselves to get tougher—every single one of us. That's how you become a better team, with physical and mental toughness."

Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell

On the game…
"We are very pleased to kick off the ACC season with a road win because they are very difficult to get. Our guys came in with the proper mindset that you need to win going on the road against a good team. Into the game I think our guys started to settle down and showed great poise by doing what we do well. We put on the pressure and moved side to side. The second half the same thing kind of happened. They made a run and then we finally settled down. They know what to expect, they held the pressure from full court to half court and we attacked that very well. We attacked the ball inside and got some jump shots. Any time that you can make teams pay for pressing, you have to do that. Guys did a great job. We are used to that. K.C. Rivers continues to lead us. He is an All-ACC player but we had a great performance from a lot of guys. Our big guys did well. I thought our guards played very well."

On the season…
"We have been in all kinds of situations (this season). We had to come from behind two games in a row. We've gone on the road against good teams -- Illinois, Charlotte... We've been in most situations before. Our guys really play well in the last six minutes of the game."

On full-court pressure…
"That is our game. That is why we have been successful for the last few years. Sometimes it can hurt you right away, but sometimes it has a good effect. I thought tonight it was both." "Well, Miami leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage defense. If you get happy with the three you are kind of falling into the trap. So, we wanted to go inside. It softened them up and then you take the threes off of that."

K.C. Rivers

On the season…
"I think it is [a team that will do well this season]. We have a long road ahead of us. And it is just starting. This team is capable of doing good things and I think that we will. We are going to keep preparing. We have a tough schedule ahead of us now. Once we get back we have to focus and get ready for the next game."

On playing on the road…
"We have been in a hostile environment a few times this year. Being down 10 we didn't put our heads down, we fought back into the game. We didn't look back after we took the lead. The guys understand that. Last year we did that and then we let up, but we remember what happened then and will push harder this year."


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