Locker Room Report: Sidney Lowe

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Head coach Sidney Lowe met with reporters following NC State's loss to Maryland.

Sidney Lowe

"That was two totally different halfs. I thought we played real well in the first half... I thought we executed offensively the way we wanted to."

"In the second half we came out and turned it over the first time we had the ball, which we've done several times and is very frustrating."

"The first half we were really active with the ball, drive-and-kick situations, creating shots."

"I thought we had at least six guys in the second half that just took bad shots, and it was like one after another, and then they came down and scored. That started their run."

"I'm not sure where their pulse is. I know they were definitely disappointed in there... the question is what are you going to do about it?"

"When is it going to be enough? When are we going to be mentally tough enough to finish a game? You can do it in the first half, just do the same thing in the second half. For whatever reason, we had guys trying to do different things in the second half. I don't know if that's a lack of mental toughness... I'm not sure."

"That's frustrating. I just explained to them how you can lose a game. You lose a game by taking bad shots, by not defending, by deviating from your plan and what you've been doing."

"We made a lot of bad decisions in the second half. That's frustrating because it wasn't that difficult."

"That's the same substitution pattern we had in the first half."

"We pretty much stuck to the plan unless someone was going really good or someone was really bad. That may have been a situation where we took a guy out, but if you're playing bad you should come out."

"I don't know what players think. I don't know if they think you're supposed to let them work through it while you continue to decline. No, you've got to get it done."

"I'm not sure what they were talking about."

"I'm frustrated because I'm trying.. you're trying to teach something. It's not just about playing the game, it's about how you play the game. To go over time and time again about how you play the game the right way, make the right decisions, make the right plays... and to do it in one half and not the next half, that's frustrating for me."

"Not to have someone out there on the floor that can grab them and pull them together... so I've got to take a timeout to try to do it over here. We've got to have somebody on the floor do that."

"Like him or not, he's a tough, tough guy. He's tough mentally, and he just took the team right on his back and led them on in there. That's what good players do."

"I think we have a guy that can lead from a scoring standpoint obviously if teams are going to play him one-on-one, and that's Tracy, but I don't think we have anybody on the perimeter that can lead and pull guys together... be real vocal like that. All good teams have that... and he showed it tonight. They were down and tired a little bit, and he did what he's supposed to do. Like I said, like him or not, you've got to respect him."

"Actually Scott was supposed to come out before he came out, so we left him in longer than he was supposed to in that first half. Dennis the same thing. We had something we were looking at, but what we run into is those guys play too many minutes and then later in the game they are too tired to get anything done."

"We left them in there longer than we were supposed to. In fact he played a few more minutes than we anticipated him playing."

"Based on the first half, we were up 10 points. Nothing was wrong with the rotation then. We took him out and was still up early. Nothing was wrong with the rotation."

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