Locker Room Report: NC State

<B>SEATTLE, W.A. --</b> NC State head coach Herb Sendek and guard Julius Hodge met the media following Sunday's loss to Washington and here's a sampler of what they had to say.

Coach Herb Sendek
On things the Wolfpack could have done better:

Second chance points. We were pretty good in the first half, even thought they shot about the same in each half, they really hurt us on the boards in the second half. Secondly, there were some possessions down the home stretch where they did a good job of defending our first option, but we didn't stay with it like we are capable of and give it to our second and third option. We didn't convert on those possessions.

There were a lot of positives to take away from this game for our guys. To come in here, under that kid of pressure and only have eleven turnovers. To see our guys battle the way they did, there were a lot of positives to take away from tonight. I think our guys, for the most part, were really physical with the ball. Washington was really physical in the backcourt, with a lot of bumping and grinding on our guys, and our guys handled that as well as anyone could tonight.

On last play:
When I watch the film I will be able to tell you (If there was a foul). I asked Julius and he said he got hit with the body, and I believe him. From my angle it looked like it was. If we would have done some other things well, then it may not have come down to that. There is certainly no excuse, you have to give Washington a lot of credit.

On giving Hodge the ball on the last play:
We were out of timeouts, and to be honest with you, he's as good as anybody in the open floor. In that situation, with 10.9 second left, I don't think we could get a better opportunity than him striking and taking it to the rim with his strong hand. He may have got fouled, but that's how the game goes sometimes.

On defense:
Our mission was to guard Washington, not Robinson. He is anything but a one-man team. They are really really good at running a man offense, and I think they are as good on offense as anyone in the country. If you look at the numbers they have on the their stat sheet it's almost like Lorenzo was able to fill out the numbers as he wanted them. They are a good offensive team, so we tried to change defenses on them, to keep them off balance. I think, for the most part, to come in and keep them under 70 points was a pretty good defensive effort for our team. It was just a good college basketball game.

On Brandon Roy's return:
No, we thought he was out. We read the same stuff that you guys probably wrote, three to four weeks. He's a great player, he hurt us a lot last year. He gave them a good lift.

Julius Hodge
I know I went strong to the rack, and I still should have finished that shot. There's not need to blame the officials, I should have finished that play. The coach wanted the ball in my hands at the end and I didn't convert. We knew being on road it was going to be physical and we weren't going to get all the calls. I got hit on the body, but I've got to finish that play. I went straight up, and I thought the little guy, Nate, got me on my body some. I still got to find a way to get the ball in the basket. Coach put the ball in my hands for me to do something special, and tonight I didn't do that.

I give Washington great credit, they played great team defense. Our plan was to win with our defense and keep the score low. We did a good job keeping the score low but we didn't get the outcome we wanted.

Down the stretch we missed a couple of free throws, didn't execute, and in the end I didn't convert.

We've got a quick turnaround. We've got to go to BYU and get a win.

Our young guys played great. Cameron and Andrew in particular, they played really great tonight.

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