Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media to discuss the Pack's win over UNC Asheville.

Mark Gottfried

"Well, the first thing I would say, I learned a long time ago I like winning a lot more than losing. I'm happy about that. But certainly not happy about how we played. We can play better and need to play much better."

"In the second half we competed really hard, Richard Howell absolutely played his tail off. He competed from start to finish, he deserved to make some plays late in the game. Scott Wood made a couple of big ones for us to help us win."

"They became a team as the game progressed in the second half that smelled blood. They felt like they could win, and so now you're playing against a team that feels they belong, which they did. They played terrific, we didn't play well enough from our standards, but we are much happier winning than we would have been losing."

"We've got to be better. We've got to be better defensively, we've got to develop a better chemistry amongst our team. We've got to develop a team spirit that is all about winning, period. Nothing else. If we do that, we have a chance to be a good team. If we don't, then we're just another team out there playing."

"It's interesting, leadership. We all think that every team has to have one leader, I don't buy that. I could go back to last year's team that went to the Sweet 16 and I don't know that there was one leader. Richard is emerging right now as somebody that wants to win bad. You could see it tonight in how he played, he wanted to win. That's what leaders have, they have a competitive spirit that you want to follow."

"If you don't have that competitive spirit, nobody wants to follow you. He emerged tonight in that role, and I would hope that those four guys that played here all would be that guy, collectively. We are not there right now, and we have to get there. It's part of the process of building a team, and we're in that process right now."

"The expectation would be that we're going to come out and blow them out of here right from the get go and all the problems are solved. We're playing pretty hard, but we're turning the ball over. It was almost like we were trying too hard early. I want the team to settle down, relax."

"We're trying too hard right now, and we're tighter than a drum. We were so wound up, and then they played pretty good. The combination of all that, again, now you're in a grinder. Again, I didn't think we came out to start the game casual. I wouldn't pin that on our team. I think we played poorly, but that doesn't necessarily equate to playing casual."

"In the second half I did think we competed really hard. At that point now you have a team that believe they are going to win the game. Now, you better lace them up real tight now, which we did. We made some key plays at key times. That's the story of tonight, we just have to get a lot better."

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