UNC-UVa: Locker Room Report

Sean May and Rashad McCants addressed the media following the game...

Sean May

On UVa's extra shots on its last possession:
"If we get that rebound, that's the ballgame right there. But [Todd] Billet hit the shot. He's hit three game winners in a row."

On Virginia's rebounding advantage:
"Coach said, ‘If you win the battle on the boards, you win the game. I don't know what the numbers are, but we probably didn't win the battle. He knows what he's doing. He said it; we just didn't do it today. We did a good job getting offensive rebounds in the beginning, but in the end we got a lot of hands on the ball, but they did a better job."

How did the long delay at the end affect you?
"If they had put 15 seconds back on the clock it would have benefited us and I wouldn't have minded waiting 10 minutes. But they put back on like 0.5 seconds – nothing. I think it messed with Rashad [McCants]. I was confident he was going to hit a big three. He said it was messing with his nerves taking that long, but that's not the reason we lost the game."

Rashad McCants

On Virginia's defense on you:
"They kept the ball out of my hands. They accomplished what they wanted to do. It was a prime opportunity for my teammates to step up, and they did – they kept us in the game in the end. We shouldn't have bailed out on that [nine]-point lead. It's something that we need to work on."

Did the delay affect you?
"No, not really, because the ball never got to me. I think we had a pretty good strategy, but their coach did a really good job of getting them to foul. It messed our whole plan up. We had to change plays and adjusting was hard with them switching everything. But we still had a shot to win."

Did they do as good a job defensively as anyone has in a long time?
"I don't think so. I don't think the defense did anything to bother me personally. I still got the shots I wanted and the shots the coach wanted me to take. I think they did a good job of keeping the ball out of my hands."

On the frustration of losing another lead:
"This just keeps happening over and over and over."

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