UNC-NCSU: N.C. State quotes

Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek and Ilian Evtimov addressed the media following the game...

Herb Sendek
"We didn't do ourselves any favors by the way we came out and played in the first half. Our guys certainly battled back and put themselves in a position to win before [Rashad] McCants took over. We really played pretty good defense in the second half. We can't say the same thing about the first half though.

"He just made some incredible shots down the homestretch for North Carolina. From courtside, it seemed like we were right there, draped all over him. He was well beyond the arc. He just made two incredible shots."

Ilian Evtimov
"The way we came back in the second half, we should have played that way the whole game. If we would have played that way, Carolina couldn't have stayed with us. They outworked us and they played harder than us. We deserved to lose.

"In a big game like this you expect to come out of the gate ready to play. I know we didn't play hard enough. Everybody, including me, knows that. We could have stepped up and played harder. That's why we missed so many shots because we weren't in rhythm."

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