PC: Lowe Talks Miami

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe met with the media today to discuss the upcoming game against Miami.

Sidney Lowe

There's been a lot of talk about the top freshmen in the conference. Do you still consider Brandon Costner a first-year player and in that regard one of the top freshmen in the ACC?
I think so. He certainly sat out the entire year so he hasn't had any experience in being in those games and playing in those situations. As far as I'm concerned, he's definitely a freshman and he should be mentioned up there with the rest of them.

Thought's on the Miami game:
It's another road game in the ACC, and they play well. They play hard... they play well down there. They played a good Boston College team tough down there. They've got excellent quickness in their guards so they are going to push the ball down the floor. We have to go in there and try to control the game... we have to take care of the ball. We can't turn it over.

Thoughts on fatigue in Georgia Tech loss:
We came out of the gates pretty good with great energy. I think it finally hit us in the second half... a lot of the mistakes we made were really mental mistakes because we couldn't fight through the fatigue factor. They were more aggressive at that time.

Thoughts on bench play:
We can't have a drop off when we go to the bench. We can't. We can't take Engin out of the game and as soon as he comes out of the game we turn it over two or three times. That kills you.

We need to have some guys come in and do a nice job for us... it's going to have to be, Trevor's got to play. Braxton maybe... obviously Bryan Nieman is going to play. We need some of those guys to come in there and do a nice job for us.

Thoughts on Brandon Costner's play:
I think he's just been blessed with his size to be able to step out and shoot the basketball. His dad was a big guy, physical guy at times in there. Brandon has been really blessed to have that size and be able to step out and shoot the basketball.

He's done a great job for us inside, as far as rebounding in particular... staying on those boards.

Will Dennis Horner have to wear a mask?
Yes, he's going to have to wear a mask. He didn't break [his nose], but it was bruised pretty bad. It was a little tender, so he had the mask on yesterday.

He doesn't like it, and I'm not going to promise you that if he gets in the game he doesn't throw it off.


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