Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

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

Mark Gottfried

"I thought we played pretty well tonight. We had a great start to the game. We had a lot of energy."

"I thought Caleb responded. With an opportunity to be a starter tonight, he did really well."

"I thought the most important factor for us tonight was to limit them to just two made three-point baskets."

"Our guys did a nice job. We stayed attached to shooters. We didn't come off certain guys so defensively it ended up being a pretty good night for our team."

"They executed defensively exactly how we wanted to play them. We wanted them to make tough two's... we didn't come off shooters."

"Trevor rolled his ankle a couple of days ago in practice and it swelled up pretty good. He probably could have played a little bit but I thought would have been ineffective. We decided to hold him out and it gives him another day and a half to try and get ready for Sunday."

"He tried to get going in the pre-game warmups, but he just wasn't very confident at all."

"It was very encouraigng, especially the waywe started offensively. It was abig boost for us to start that way without Trevor in theg ame."

"I thought Desmond played really well. To his credit, ehhasn't got down and hasn't played in some games and i htought he was readytog o tonight. He ran our offense for us... that's something he can build on. Our team neededhim tonight andhe dida great job."

"One thing with Caleb and Cody is very similar... both of those two guys,t hey just play really hard. They both have great confidence and do a lot of different things. Get offensive rebounds, get defensive rebounds, get putbacks, they might block a shot. There's just so many parts to their games."

"Caleb just plays with great confidence. He stepped in there and acted like he's been in there his whole life... in the starting lineup. He played with great confidence."

"I think Malik is getting better day-by-day. As he gets more comfortable... he's learning the things we're asking him to learn."

"Offensively you can see him starting to get more comfortable... he's going to get better and better as we go along."

"He's going to catch that one a lot during his career and hopefully make it."

"It's going to be a great challenge for us. They might... I'm not sure they are the best team we've played yet, but they are one of them. Wofford is in that group. We have to really be ready to play on Sunday afternoon."

"Sometimes it's hard to come back in the second half when you haven't played very much."

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