Gottfried: "A Lot Of Good Things Tonight"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following Wednesday's exhibition game.

Mark Gottfried

"Starting of, a lot of good things tonight. There was a lot for us to work on, but I like the fact that we got 96 points and missed 17 foul shots and turned the ball over 16 times."

"If we don't turn the ball over as much as we did and make a few foul shots... that 96 becomes about 110. I like that."

"We gave up too many second-chance points. I think defensively at times we were okay, but we couldn't get a rebound. Some of that was we played with a smaller lineup, and we have to figure out how to rebound better with a smaller lineup."

"We can't give up 85, but I think a lot of that was to do with not being able to secure a rebound at times."

"Tyler, I thought 15 assists... with Tyler, it's a little bit like Richard Howell rebounding. Richard would go get you 15 rebounds and you would take it for granted. Tyler's a little bit like that with his assists. He can get a bunch... I thought he was really good."

"T.J. and Ralston offensively, played like they've played college basketball before. We don't have a lot of guys that have. Those guys stepped up and I thought were pretty good."

"At times with T.J. there as the fourth guy or second big... it gets those guys that are more ready to play right now on the floor."

"We lose Jordan Vandenberg, which is tough, and hopefully not for long, we'll see. X-rays were negative and he'll have a MRI tomorrow, but we become small without Jordan pretty quick."

"Some of that tonight was they were small too and trying to matchup with their quickness it was better playing T.J. in there."

"I thought Cat really did well. I wanted to play the two of them together, which we're going to do a lot throughout the year. I thought Cat gave us a spark."

"We chose to play the two exhibition games this year rather than the closed scrimmage, with so many new guys it give them a chance to play in front of people... I think our group needed that."

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