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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina players Sean May, David Noel, Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams addressed the media following the game…

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On the team's senior leadership:
"When you see our team, you see our seniors stepping forward. You know, Melvin Scott, a guy who played a lot of minutes last year, he's kind of taking a back seat, and he's handling it really well. Jawad Williams has stepped up his game. And Jackie's always been there. I think as juniors and sophomores and freshmen, we were trying to do a great job following and just let them lead us."

On scrapping for rebounds:
"I just tried to get to the rebound, get to the ball as fast as I could. And they got a lot of long rebounds, balls going everywhere. And you know, Brackman and Simmons, they're big guys. I just tried to do a good job holding off my man and getting some easy ones. The ones on the free throw line you've got to get to get a double-double."

On the chance of overlooking Florida State:
"Definitely not. We're not going to look over anybody. Florida State is a really tough team. They beat Wake, they've been playing well recently. We can't worry about Duke. Duke will be there down the line. We're going to worry about Florida State, go down there and try to get a nice win. We struggled there last year. We know it's a hostile environment. So we've got to be ready to play."

On holding first place:
"It means nothing. This is only halfway through. We've still got another half to play. We're glad we're on top right now, but we're looking forward to getting some games at State, and we've got a tough stretch coming up at Duke, and we play at UConn. So we're trying to build some momentum and get ready for the second half of the season."


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On his defensive play:
"I was everywhere, basically. I was everywhere. Getting steals, getting rebounds, deflections, keeping my man in front of me. I was everwhere. They couldn't really get any threes like they want to. So they threw the ball in the post, but we have confidence in our big men, Jawad, Sean, and Marvin. They can guard in there by themselves so we don't have to help down. And they couldn't get open shots, and that frustrated them, because they're a three-point team. They try to drive at times, but our defense is so much better this year. Nobody can just drive us out there."

On keeping healthy:
"It's great. Everybody seems healthy. We've got a few bumps and bruises every now and then. Somebody gets sick every now and then. Other than that, though, nobody has any major injuries, like you said. So that's helped our team out tremendously. We've got a deep bench. We bring anybody in, and we don't lose a beat. So I mean, that's great for us."

On the coming road tests:
"That's going to be a test for us. We've proven that we can win on the road, in good places, teams that we haven't beaten before. So you know we've just got to come out and play hard no matter what, and execute our same offense, our same defense on the road."


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On the play of Marvin Williams:
"He's been sick for three days, and for him to come in and play the way he is, that's special. You can't ask for a better player."

On the health of the team:
"I think everyone has a little cough and little colds and things like that, but it's nothing we can't get over."

On whether he made a throat-slash gesture:
"That's TV for you. There's nothing I can do on the court except for smile or frown or look like I'm not smacking my teammates' hands. Everybody makes a big deal out of everything I do. So I live with it. You know, I made a mistake. Coach told me it was something that wasn't appropriate for us as a team and things like that. And I made a mistake in doing it. I told him it would never happen again. But like I said, anything I do on the court people are going to see it and make a big deal out of it. I don't know why. But it happens. It wasn't directed at NC State. It was actually directed at one of my friends in the stands."

On getting a handle on State's style of play:
"I think it's a lot of experience. You know, we've played against State a lot. I think for the most part me and Sean and Raymond, we really know and knew coming in what they love to do, backdoors, and they love to shoot threes. We knew if we crowded them and were aggressive and didn't let the backdoor cuts go through, and contest every three pointer, they would have a tough night."


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On the team's defense against Julius Hodge:
"Julius Hodge is a good player. We just wanted to make it difficult for him all night. Every time he was on the court we tried our best to do that. I think he had about 20 points. That's a typical Julius Hodge night, though. But I think we did a better job of making him take difficult shots. We just tried to pressure him, keep the ball out of his hands, and get a hand up on his shot, like we do for everybody."

On his dunks:
"Yeah, I've been waiting for that all year. It happened tonight, and I had fun with it. It was nice to go back to my old ways. Any time you go into a crowd you expect to get hammered, and you just want to try and go up as hard as you can and try to finish. That's what I did, and nobody fouled me. I wish they would have so I could have gotten an and-one. The other one, that's just rock-the-cradle, whatever. I don't really have a name for it. But I kind of figured out how to do that one. I have a dunk for if I come on the right side or on the left side. And so that's the one from that side. From the left side, it's just a windmill or something. [Laughing] I don't know."

On helping Coach Williams on a night he was sick:
"We just wanted him to relax and just have a good day today. He should definitely go home and get into bed now. And we're going to have a short practice tomorrow, so hopefully he can catch up on some more rest."


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On his health going into the game:
"I was sick. I had a fever. I had a lot of chills. I had a bad headache. But it went away. I'm just tired now."

His own assessment of his play:
"It was my best offensive game, I guess. I was more focused on defense to be honest."

On being a key contributor:
"It feels good. I just try to come in and play as hard as I can during the time I'm in there. It feels good to come off the bench and make an impact. It feels good. I'm playing well right now, you know. Hopefully it can continue. My teammates are helping me find shots, and I'm getting good looks, and we're winning games."

On the transition to college:
"Yeah, it's difficult being a freshman and playing in the ACC. It is tough. But my teammates are there for me every day to support me, to keep me going. That makes it easy."

On carrying a heavier load for the seniors:
"It's nice to know that if something did happen to Sean or Jawad, I could come in and do something like that. Jawad got in foul trouble early, so maybe that threw him off. But he'll bounce back next game. It's no big deal. I'm just blessed enough to come in and help out today."

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