Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the win over Maryland.

Mark Gottfried

"I think that our team showed a lot of courage. They showed a lot of mental toughness. We stepped up in the second half and really played with tremendous desire. I'm proud of our guys for that."

"Ralston Turner got going offensively and made some big, big shots for our guys."

"I thought Desmond Lee defensively... I think Dez Wells is a phenomenal player. Desmond Lee did a great job. he took two charges. He deserves a lot of credit."

"Our guys were determined, they were determined not to lay down. It was a great, great win for our group."

"He sprained his ankle late in the Duke game. He came down pretty hard. He finished the game and yesterday at the practice he couldn't practice and today at our shootaround he was pretty gimpy. I think our players had a pretty good idea."

"About a half hour before the game, it's when we both decided, T.J. and I together, that you're not going to be very effective even if you try."

"We told our guys It's like anything. Injuries are a part of sports. You can't build in excuses, you have to find a way to do more. More rebounds, better defensively. You just have to step your game up."

"I thought in the first half we looked a little lost on offense ... because we do rely on T.J. a lot. Then in the second half we just settled in... here's who is on the floor, we've got to play."

"I told our coaches before the game that it could be a good thing. Obviously you still have to try to win the game and if you don't win you won't feel very good about anything, but at times our team relies on T.J. so much because he is so gifted offensively."

"I thought in the first half we were still trying to figure it out. I thought in the second half our guys really got comfortable, got aggressive. We really executed our offense very well."

"I thought our guys did a terrific job of figuring out how to play with the leading scorer in the league not playing."

"Cat did a great job. I thought he made some big baskets and got some defensive stops."

"Kyle just has so much energy and plays with so much intensity all the time."

"BeeJay did some good things for our team. He bothered their big guys with his length and arms."

"I hope we can get it going. It's like building a house. We're laying a foundation right now with these young guys."

"Regardless of winning or losing, you've got to compete all the time. You've got to compete no matter what."

"I'm just really proud of our guys. They had the odds against them, but they fought it out, hard... today they taught themselves to keep competing no matter what."

"I thought Ralston was terrific in the second half. I thought Ralston kind of got in that zone.. he got in that place, that zone where he thought he was making every shot. At that point we wanted to go to him a lot."


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