Gottfried: "Numbers Don't Lie"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media after the loss to Georgia Tech.

"I have to give Georgia Tech credit. They came in here and played really well." 

"They pounded the ball inside early in the game, and they deserve credit, there is no question about that.  Brian had his team ready to play and they played well."

"This was the first game, in my opinion, all year that I didn't like our energy level or lack of enthusiasm in the first half.  Our team hasn't done that, our team has played.  We certainly responded in the second half. I thought we played with a lot more energy."

"I thought the technical foul turned the momentum.  We need to have more poise... Malik, that was a costly mistake."

"In the first half we didn't have the enthusiasm and energy."

"Yep, very much so."

"I'm not sure.  I don't know the answer to that.  Our team has played and competed hard every night this year.  If I go back through my mind to find another time, I couldn't tell you one, but our first half tonight we lacked it... the zip, the quickness... all of it."

"You get to a point where young people have to make a decision. You can accept your fate or do something to change it.  I've been proud of my team every single night this year... I was proud of my team in the second half, but we dug ourselves a hole in the first half.  That's not acceptable."

"We'll do some different things."

"We're going to keep working everyday. Every team is different, every situation is different.  I"m a positive guy everyday with our players, but at the same time, they have to make some decisions... that doesn't guarantee you win a game."

"If I'm in a fight in the back alley, you might whip me, but damn it you're going to be tired at the end of it.  You ain't going to whip me easy.  This team has to figure that out."

"I don't like where we are. They don't like where we are.  I'll go home every night, win, lose, or draw if I feel like my team left everything they had on the court.  I'll go home, go to bed, have a nice meal, wake up and come back tomorrow."

"That was not good."

"We have to rebound the ball better."

"There were 78 rebounds tonight.  BeeJay Anya got three of them.  Lennard Freeman got three of them. 78 to get.  It is what it is.  Numbers don't lie. At some point I have to go get the thing off the backboard."

"I don't think anything is weighing on him at all. I thought he played with a lot of courage... he just turned it loose.  He played with great courage.  He did a great job.  He's doing a lot for our team, and some other guys have to step up and help."


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