Gottfried: "We Have To Stay Positive"

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media after the loss to North Carolina.

"We're disappointed, but at the same time I'm really proud. I thought our kids gave great effort."

"Their ability to get offensive rebounds hurt us, and our turnovers... those two things magnified the difference of them having a better second half."

"At the same time, there's a lot of reason for us to not come in here and play hard. We've lost some games, guys could be down."

"North Carolina is really good... they can score, they are averaging 88 points per game.  Our guys, in the first half they were terrific."

"We were sitting there 29-all... in the second half, probably their depth wore us down a little bit."

"Those two things hurt us. I'm disappointed, but I'm really proud."

"We'll get better, we have to find a way. That's what we've got to do."

"That guy has been amazing every time he's played us. I started Cody on him... Cody and Cat."

"I was proud of Cody, he started the game on him. That was big for us, not to let Paige get going.  We accomplished that.  We did accomplish some things, just not enough."

"I liked it.  For us, we have to be more balanced. Cat is a good scorer, good player, good scoring point guard.  I thought they did a nice job of keeping fresh bodies on him."

"Our balance was better, we just didn't have enough in the second half."

"You have to give him credit.  He's a really good player and they went to him. I do think Malik and BeeJay got to a point where they were trying not to foul."

"I thought foul trouble made us a little tentative inside."

"We're not going to get down, pout, or mope.  I've said this many times.  If you watch this game today, I think you'd have a hard time walking away from here saying NC State is a really bad team.  We're not a bad team. We're a good team.  We're not a great team."

"We're getting better... a lot of young guys. They are going to keep improving. We have to stay positive and keep teaching and coaching."

"Cody, in practice I play him a lot at the point, but he needs to do that for us. He had four or five turnovers... I thought he got hurried, but I do think he can do that. He can play some at the point for us... give Cat some rest.  He's a good ball-handler for us too."

"Malik needs to be involved in a big way... we're watching Malik sort of blossom like a flower right now.  He's getting better and better."

"We're not a deep team, we know that, so we have to figure out how to play, how to be effective."

"We have to be smart about how we need to play for us."

"No, we had some good halves, but I was proud of them. They ran the offense well... we rebounded."

"We did some nice things... we're going to get better and we played a really, really good team today."

"I've been around a long time... you're looking at a team that has every ingredient they need.  They are good."

"We're going to keep playing hard, keep competing."


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