Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

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

Mark Gottfried

"Let me start off and say I think we beat a really good team tonight. That's a good win for our club."

"They came in the first half and played sensational basketball. They shot the ball really well."

"We were so concerned with the backdoor cuts that we became passive... at the same time we didn't have the hand in the shooters face and lost our aggressiveness."

"In the second half we said... we were going to go get them. We picked our defensive pressure up, changed our defense two or three times and got them out of their rhythm."

"Our guys played much better defensively in the second half."

"Sometimes you have a hunch and you bet a bunch. I don't know if there's a real scientific reason. I thought in the first half Richmond got into a phenomenal rhythm... we wanted to keep them off balance. Our plan for the second half was to change defenses and keep them off-balance... don't give them a steady diet of one thing."

"We went to the zone, triangle-and-two on the two smaller guys... just to try and not let them get in a groove."

"I thought Trevor in the first half and even in the second half a few times, offensively was phenomenal."

"Those two guys, they are the older players in the midst of a bunch of younger guys. In the second half they said it's time for us to step up and make some big shots which they both did."

"Our forwards need to come on a little bit more. Some of it is getting them the ball more, but some of it is when they get the ball, they've got to be more productive. They've got to play better. That's my job as a coach, to get those guys to play at a higher level."

"We have to get the ball to BeeJay more and BeeJay has to work for it a little harder."

"Malik Abu is a shadow right now of what he can be."

"We have a lot of work to do with those guys. They can help our team but right now not playing as well as they can yet this year."

"I thought Cat played pretty good. Down the stretch he made foul shots, took care of the ball, and defensively he was solid."

"The point guard, that's your time of the game, the last three minutes, or four minutes of the game.""

"I thought he was much better tonight."

"Our guys did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball."

"I think they are very well-coached, and I think they are going to win a lot of games, I really do. If they play like they did in the first half they can play with anyone in the country."

"I have a lot of respect for Richmond."

"It's hard to play against for us because there were a couple of times where for BeeJay Anya the only guy left on the court to guard was Cline, and he was phenomenal tonight."

"I think Richmond could be a NCAA Tournament team, and Boise, who we have coming in here, I think they won 24 last year and have most everybody back. It's an older team, a veteran team."

"It's not games where you can just roll the ball out there and expect to win... we'll see that again on Friday with a really good Boise team."

"Let me say this. It's not like if we shoot them poorly we haven't worked on them. We work on them all the time... I think we have good foul shooters and that's the difference in finishing a game out."

"We'll continue to work on them every day. We shoot a lot of foul shots every day."

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