UNC-AFA: Roy Williams post-game quotes

DENVER, Colo. -- The Tar Heels' head coach addressed the media following the game.

Opening Statements:
"They (Air Force) shouldn't allow tonight's game to destroy what they have done this season. They have had a great season and I hope the Air Force players remember that.

"I'm extremely pleased with our team. We knew it was going to be a very difficult game. I don't think we played very well in the first half.

"We challenged the kids a little bit at halftime about not allowing somebody to play harder. We also knew we couldn't have ten turnovers in a low possession game.

"I think our work on the backboards kept us in the game in the first half and we continued it in the second half.

"The biggest play of the game to me was when we were down by six and Sean May made a basket inside and was fouled and the score was cut to three. We came down and scored to cut it to one.

"I've said it many times, the way I like my team to play is to move the ball and be unselfish. On the defensive end, we did a much better job in the second half. The last 10-12 minutes of the game, we played good defense."

On your relationship with Rick Barnes and playing Texas:
"I know much more about Texas than [my players], because they have not seen them play enough to form opinions. I have a good relationship with Coach Barnes, and I think we enjoy competing against one another. We have a great history playing each other, and I think their front line is a lot like the NBA's front line. His kids only think about one thing, and that's winning. I respect that a lot."

On the altitude:
"People say it's a factor, but we downplay that kind of stuff. I think it's a mind over matter kind of thing, and we don't talk about it much."

On being down by six in the first half:
"I hardly looked at the score in the first half, but I think you have to in the second half, because of the time. When we were down by six (in the second half), I knew that was not where I wanted to be, but I don't look ahead either. I am more worried and concerned with the next possession than I am with the possibility of losing."

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