Locker Room Report: NC State

PITTSBURGH, PA -- NC State's Mark Gottfried and several players met with the media after the win over LSU.

Mark Gottfried

"I wanted our guys to stay positive."

"In the second half we scored the ball better."

"We just had to get a few stops."

"Let's see if we can get a few more."

"I wanted a few goaltending guys today but could never get one."

"Last year was such a disappointing finish... they struggled at the foul line in the second half. It's a part of the game sometimes."

"I feel bad for Johnny Jones and LSU's team."

"We were in that situation last year, couldn't make a foul shot. Couldn't put the game away."

Cat Barber

"We had to stop them on defense. They were getting a lot of putbacks."

"We came in at halftime and coach was like it's do or die."

"Kyle came in and stepped up big."

"BeeJay made a great hook. The ball rolled around and went in. We were excited."

Abdul-Malik Abu

"I just trusted my instincts... it just didn't look like it was going to fall off the rim."

"I wanted to tip it in so bad."

"The way it was going I felt like anything on the rim was going in at that point."

"It was the most invigorating thing ever."

"It's the best feeling."

BeeJay Anya

"Every day in post-shooting I try to work on my right and left-hand hook."

"I knew it was going in."

"We ran a play for him to shoot it, but the defender had good enough defense on him."

"He made a smart play and gave it up to me."

"For me to come out and score the last bucket of the game was huge... it was a great feeling."

Kyle Washington

"It's been hard but adversity can either make you or break you."

"I just stayed ready... it's about my teammates."

"My best friend Pat, he just told me to stay ready."

"You see it out there. It's not really about me, it's about my teammates."

"Cat was Cat the whole game."

"Even if you're successful, still do the things that make you successful."

Ralston Turner

"We were able to slow them down... I think that was the key for us."

"I think we had a stretch there where we got two or three stops in a row and cut it to I think six."

"That's when I figured that if we kept fighting we might have a chance."

"I laughed about that. I said out of all the people to hit that shot it was BeeJay Anya, but I'll take it any day of the week."

"I came in here and told [Anya] I love him. I usually tell him I hate him. I said for five minutes here I like you."

"Once you get out there and you see them and some of the people around the program that you know... it brings back memories."

"I don't have any regrets about the situation. I'm glad to be a part of the Pack."

Trevor Lacey

"It was a big shot."

"When I stepped back I could have shot it, but the way it was going for me offensively, I just wasn't comfortable taking that shot."

"I saw BeeJay, I was going to give it back but he saw an opening... they loaded up to me and he made a great play."

"It's the tournament... this team didn't advance last year past this round."

"Just to advance and get to play again and make history, it's a blessing."

"We can't come out against Villanova like this."

"We're going to keep our heads up and stay positive."


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