UNC-CC: Postgame Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes audio and quotes from head coach Roy Williams, John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Harrison Barnes, who spoke to the media following UNC's victory over College of Charleston on Sunday.

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Opening statement:
"We're very happy, to say the least. You could say 'ecstatic' if you want to. That's the way I feel. I thought our team in the second half came together more as a team, with more emotion, more enthusiasm, and I think they lost themselves in the game more than they have at any point this year. That's the way you grow and mature as a team. I loved our poise. They went up five. Goudelock is making some unbelievable shots. And we kept playing. I loved that. I didn't want to call a timeout and let the kids panic. I think you do better in the course of your program if the kids can figure that out themselves. They go up five, we come down and J-Knox hits two free throws. They go up five again, and then I think Reggie scored at that point. Leslie might have had a field goal in that stretch as well. I think that was big for us, to keep coming, keep coming."

On the team's defensive effort:
"I think our guys defensively did a really good job on Goudelock, and he made some big time shots during that stretch. Leslie made one mistake where he went under the screen a little bit too much, but other than that I think they guys did a really nice job. Dexter I think had more success against him than anyone else. Dexter finally showed that he can be a fantastic defensive player, and I think we needed him to do that. We started switching the screens, and everybody did what they needed to do at that point.

"I think we can be a very good defensive team. Larry and Dexter have the skills, the talents, the characteristics to be the two best defensive guards I've ever coached. But they've got to do it. Hopefully we'll be a really good defensive team, and we'll continue to get better and better."

On Kendall Marshall's play:
"He does a great job pitching ahead. He did throw one away for a turnover, another one he had deflected and we got it back in the first half. But I thought those baskets were big for us. One of those, I think he got it back tied or put us ahead when he hit ahead to Reggie…. I almost started playing Kendall on the offensive end and Larry on the defensive end down the stretch. But I didn't do it."

On John Henson's performance:
"I think John, the plays that he made once we got it tied up, he was the one that kept making baskets to put us ahead."


On Goudelock's play:
"We watched the Maryland game, and he was doing the same thing to them. We did a good job on him in the first half, and then he did score a lot of points, hit a lot of shots in a row. But he did shoot 27 times, and if he shoots 11 for 27, we'll take that all day."

On his offensive performance:
"It finally clicked. Earlier this week, I talked to Coach a little bit. He came in while I was working out, and he said 'Just play within the flow and let things come to you.' We both felt like I was pressing things a little bit. Thankfully tonight, I came and scored in the flow. It's a lot easier when you don't have double teams coming. I credit that, too."

On the reappearance of the fast break in the second half:
"I credit that to our great defense. We played defense, we got some long rebounds, and then we got some steals. That's the way we're going to run."

On Kendall Marshall's play:
"He's a great floor general. When we get the grades, his assist to error ratio is always 10 to 1, 9 to 1. I think that's a great thing he does for our team. It's funny, Kendall says…I ask him, why does he pass the ball like that, and he says it's because he can't run that fast. He goes out like that, it's quicker than running, and that's great for us."


On the team's second half effort:
"In the first half, we didn't have the intensity that we did in the second. Coach got on us during the half, and he told us that we have to play with more intensity. That's what we did, not just play hard but have fun doing it. That's the most important thing."

On issues with the team's intensity:
"That's just something we have to work on. We got out there and we don't always play within the flow of the game. It starts on defense. That's why we have to capitalize on defense and it goes over to offense. If we keep doing that, not just Charleston because of what they did to us last year, but if we keep doing that for every team, we're going to have a great season."

On playing a true road game against Illinois:
"I expect we're going to go out there and play harder than our previous games. We need to play better, have more focus."


On the win:
"That was a good win for us. We didn't play our best basketball, but at the same time, we got a win against a good team, a team that beat us last year. So it feels good."

On moving past last year:
"I think we kind of put the ghosts of last year behind us. The loss to Charleston started the downhill [turn] for last year's team. So getting the win this year, especially with all that we've been through, is good."


Opening statement:
"Our game plan almost worked. Our game plan was to hang in there with them, and then see if Goudelock could get hot. And it happened. We hung in there with them, and then he got hot and put on a show. But we couldn't stop them. They're a really good team, and they're going to get better.

"This is a great experience for us to come here, for me personally and for our program. It's a great environment. I really appreciate Roy playing us. After last year I knew it was going to be a tough one. But our kids responded. We're getting there. We don't want to be a one-man team. We've got to let 'Drew Goudelock be himself, but we can't be a one-man team. When we got up five, I thought we had a chance, because Goudelock was putting on a show. But that's when we needed to get stops."

On Carolina's development:
"Roy has a very good team. The expectations of coaching North Carolina is not easy. But Roy's done an incredible job. I know how much Roy's done for this program. Roy knows what he's doing. The key's going to be the freshmen. They need that superstar kid [Barnes] to step up and be Michael Jordan. But they've got a lot of pieces. They always play team basketball. They get the ball inside. They make it difficult on you. They take high percentage shots. It's like coaching against Dean Smith. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played. I think they have really strong possibilities."

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