Locker Room Report: NC State

<B>WASHINGTON, DC -- </b>NC State head coach Herb Sendek and the Wolfpack players met with the media after the Wake Forest win.

NC State Head Coach Herb Sendek
I could not be more pleased with our performance tonight. Our guys really stepped up and it was a great team win. We played well offensively throughout the game and gave a much better defensive accounting for ourselves in the second half. For us it was really a complete team win. We had a number of guys step up and play outstanding games. Julius (Hodge) continues his stellar career. We ask him to do so many different things. He was just really special tonight. Andrew Brackman, man was he special tonight. He gave us a big lift that we really needed. These guys stepped up in a big way. I'm really proud of them.

(On start to the game)
Our guys did a great job preparing for the game. I think it was helpful with the short turnaround that we played Wake Forest the last game of the regular season. A lot of the preparation was fresh in their minds. We played them last Sunday so it was not like we were starting from scratch. That worked to our favor given the fact that we had to play yesterday.

(On offensive rebounding)
That was really important for us and obviously hasn't been a strength for us throughout the regular season. The guys played with great determination tonight. Andrew (Brackman) can do that very well. He was nothing short of sensational.

NC State Forward Julius Hodge
Coming into this game, we felt very confident in our defense. Our rebounding just got better because we boxed out for the most part. Guys like (Andrew) Brackman came in and did their job rebounding and made some great plays. That is what we needed. We needed guys coming off the bench to do their job, plus more. Everybody who stepped onto the court had a part of this victory. It feels good.

(What about the ACC Tournament seems to bring out the best in the team)
Coach Sendek gets us so prepared for every game. By the time the ACC Tournament comes around we have engrained in our membranes -- space, rebounding and play tough defense. We get it done and go about it like our coach goes. He is a great guy, a great coach with great character. He is very demanding. When we are on the court we are very demanding of ourselves. We really tend to play well in the postseason. Hopefully we can continue this ride.

NC State Forward Ilian Evtimov
(Our younger) guys had to step up during the year and they learned a lot. Now it is the time to show it. I think Andrew Brackman showed how much he has improved. He made the free throws down the stretch, had some huge rebounds, and made some huge blocks. He isn't playing like a freshman, I tell you that much.

(On whether NC State is in the NCAA Tournament)
I would hope so. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be in. We just showed that we are a very capable team, despite fighting some adversity right now, without Tony (Bethel). I know that is what they (the committee) are looking for, teams that can come through. We showed that we are one of those teams tonight.

NC State Guard Cameron Bennerman
We started with defense and our overall energy level was there the entire game. I can't really think of any part of the game where our energy wasn't there. I'm a high-energy guy anyway, that boosts my game. It was the energy and the defense.

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