Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

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

Mark Gottfried

"I am really proud of our team. This was a game where a lot of things happened that we had to overcome."

"In the first half we lose BeeJay Anya, who has been playing better for us. Hopefully he is okay."

"Our big guys were all in foul trouble, so we went to the smaller lineup. Ralston Turner and T.J. Warren both got into foul trouble late in the game."

"There were a lot of things to overcome and our guys did a great a great job of continuing to compete."

"We've had a couple days of bad weather, and I told my team that there might be 500 people here tonight. I thought our fans were huge for us tonight. There were enthusiastic, loud and here. They could have easily stayed at home and watched the game on TV. I am really thankful for them."

"We had a lot of players really step up and do some key things."

"Tyler Lewis, again, gave us some great minutes. He had seven assists and no turnovers. He made some good passes at the right times to the right guys."

"T.J. was just phenomenal. He was aggressive and he was a load for Florida State tonight."

"It is a great team win for us."

"He's got two in two games. We like to miss it and have him get in there and get it."

"We actually executed very well. We took some time off the clock, like we wanted to do, and had Kyle posting on the right side with Ralston coming off a screen by Jordan."

"We went with our smaller lineup a little more and that helped us."

"Tonight they only played together about six minutes, but still, I like it. I've said this many times. We've got nine scholarship guys and for us to be good they all have to be good."

"Tyler had seven assists and no turnovers. I think Cat had four and one. Those two combined had 11 assists and one turnover."

"We never really talk about that. I don't talk about it with our team... we have to win on the road or at home. We treat every game the same. We play them all to win them all. We obviously have a big one coming up on Saturday afternoon."

"You're only as good as your last game. Anything can happen in this league each given night. With us, it's what I tell our team everyday. We have to get better."

"I think he's playing with a high level of confidence. Even the last game, when he hit the two threes... back-to-back. I think it put a breath of life into everybody. We've also played a little more zone, which has helped him some."

"Tyler has done a lot of good things for us."

"We needed a basket right there at that point in the game."

"It's amazing... T.J. tonight came out in the first seconds of the game and there was a fire in his eye. He was aggressive from the tip. I have to coach my own team, I don't know about Leonard's, but maybe they went to the zone some because they had a hard time guarding him... he was really terrific tonight."

"We spread the floor and had some great penetration with Desmond, Tyler, and Cat together during that stretch."


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