"I didn't like it. I said it's not acceptable," Gottfried said after the 56-51 dogfight of a win over Boston College. "We're not doing that and we have not done that any night this year.
"We were allowing things to bother us and then we were out of sync. Then you saw the body language, and that's something we have not had. Our guys have been fantastic, and we were much better in the second half."
Gottfried called the poor body language "the only thing tonight that was discouraging," but seemed to understand why the players were down after their lowest scoring first half of the season.
"Lorenzo (Brown) got a little down on himself, Richard (Howell) was down on himself, Calvin (Leslie) a little bit, but we were able to overcome that," the coach said. "Our body language at times wasn't where I liked it. But again, rather than quitting, our guys hung in there and they got over it and finished the game well."
The Wolfpack ran into a Boston College team that had fallen apart in the closing minutes of the last two games, turning second-half ties into blowout losses. So, the Eagles, who start four freshmen and a junior transfer and were blown out in Raleigh, slowed the pace down.
On almost every possession, BC's student section, not great in numbers but loud in voice, was counting down the final 10 seconds on the 35-second clock.
"They were much better tonight than they were in the RBC Center – but we anticipated that," Gottfried said. "I thought they would be a lot better, young players playing at home but what I liked was is that even on a night when we struggled to score we still found a way to win.
"We made some good plays late in the game which I thought were key, defensively we were good late in the game, which was really big for our team."