Gottfried: "Give Them Credit"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the loss to NC Central.

Mark Gottfried

"Congratulations to NC Central, I though they played pretty well. They obviously played better than we did, you have to give them a lot of credit."

"They played like an experienced team, which they are, and we had a difficult time trying to contain them off the dribble."

"We had a night where we couldn't put the ball in the basket. Had a lot of good shots, just couldn't put it in the rim."

"We had some odd lineups in the game. We wanted to spread the floor, penetrate, pitch and see if we could get some opportunities off our penetration."

"We had some open shots, couldn't make them. We also had some drives to the basket that we couldn't seem to make."

"Foul trouble hurt us, I thought it made us where we weren't as aggressive with the basketball."

"Partly because half the team was on the bench fouled out. That's not a typical situation."

"We were playing some guys that normally don't play very much."

"I thought our guys really competed hard. I wasn't disappointed in how we competed. We have to get a lot better, obviously."

"We have to execute some things better, but I thought at times we got some pretty good shots."

"We have to get better in a lot of areas."

"Not really. We've seen him shoot everyday. He's a good shooter, he's confident, so he stepped up there with a lot of courage and knocked it down."

"I don't get into all of that. They are a good basketball team. They won a lot of games last year and start four seniors."

"I'm hunting for teams that I think are going to be 20, 25-game winners. They are one of them. I'm not a guy that's going to sit up and whine about youth and inexperience. They are a veteran team and played like a veteran team. Give them credit. They are a good team and are going to win a lot of games."

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