Locker Room Report: Sidney Lowe

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe met with the media following the Pack's 79-77 win over Miami on Saturday night. Lowe said the Pack executed at the end of overtime 'perfectly.'

Sidney Lowe

"This was a game we needed to play well and get this win. We came out with great energy and focus. We executed our defense at the right time like we needed to and got stops."

"Today's game was about heart and toughness. We knew they played physical, and I told our guys that the most physical team wins the game and we needed to be active. We were able to throw the last punch and that was great."

"Javi [Gonzalez] was poised and he was controlling the game. He knew when to push and when to pull back. He played great in a tough situation."

"We knew they had no timeouts and we didn't want them to get the ball inbounds fast. Gavin was able to make the read and steal the ball, and I give him credit for that."

On why he put in both Hickson and McCauley:
"Size, strength, and rebounding. I knew Ben could fight in there and get the rebounds, and I also knew he would be able to execute if we got him inside."

"[Jack McClinton] was a tough match. He tried to get any open shot he could, and we had to put a fresh body on him, and that's why we put Gavin on him. He did a good job at the right time and forced McClinton to pass the ball."

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