Locker Room Report: Sidney Lowe

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe met the media following the win over Marist.

Sidney Lowe

"Marist is a very, very tough team, very well-coached, disciplined. They played their game, changed defenses. He did a great job. We were fortunate to come away with a win."

On the physical play in the closing minutes:
"They were trying to pick up the tempo, trapping, trying to get into the game. Our guys got a little frustrated. They applied the pressure and did what they had to do to get back in the game."

"Our think our defense was very good in the first half, especially on the perimeter. Gavin and Courtney did a great job. That helped us to get off to that lead. Offensively, we executed our stuff. They shot 24 percent from the field and we were at 50 percent. Both ends were clicking for us at that time."

"When those guys walk up on that floor … the crowd was going crazy. It's this building. It's where it all happened (for me). Anyone that's played in the ACC or in this building will tell you it's one of the toughest places to play in the country. It's here (on campus). It's different when you have your own place."

On team's mindset in still playing in the postseason:
"This team has been excited for a while, especially when we got into the ACC Tournament. We talked about it being a new season. We were fortunate to have some wins there and the confidence level is high. They've taken on an attitude that they can always win, regardless of the score or the situation. That's pretty good for a team with only one senior. Their mindset now is very positive. They feel that they can beat anyone."

On West Virginia:
"I hope that we're a little better now. I think we are. This time we'll have Engin. Having him out front running things will help us. We'll have to make shots against their zone, take care of the basketball and defend … they shoot well."

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