Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

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

Mark Gottfried

"The first thing that comes to my mind is Missouri made some big-time plays at the right times of the game. That was the difference of the game."

"They made, I thought, three big threes that really changed it. On one hand you have got to give them credit for that."

"I thought we were in a position to win the game. We have got to do a better job. We have got to rebound the ball better. One of those defensive rebounds turned into a three-point basket for them."

"Whether it is giving up a defensive rebound, not give up a threes or executing the offense a little better to make sure you get the right shots."

"We were in control. You have got to give those guys credit. They stepped up and made some big shots. They are difficult to defend because they are so good at going to the basket. They stepped up and made some big-time threes. That 10-point lead evaporated quick because of that."

"I think every game is important. We don't treat this one any different than we will the one we've got to play Monday night. Every game is an opportunity for us to improve. We did some good things today. I like the way Kyle stepped up as a freshman and made some big plays, showed some emotion, made some big shots."

"We want T.J. more involved, although he is not our only option. Ralston made two big shots. Kyle made some big shots. But I do think we can do some things to make sure T.J. stays more involved. He got tired and I took him out at the four-minute mark. I don't think he was as aggressive."

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