UNC-Maryland Doherty's Press Conference

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- University of North Carolina head basketball coach Matt Doherty addressed the media following the Tar Heels' 92-77 loss at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins.

Matt Doherty

Opening Remarks:

"I thought our effort was good tonight. I can't fault our effort at all. I was proud of the way the guys responded after a tough loss at Wake Forest. It was frustrating to come up short again, but I thought the foul shooting and the offensive rebounding – even though they didn't get a lot of offensive rebounds, they got some timely offensive rebounds, especially the first half and the beginning of the second half.

"I thought Jawad, Kris, and our effort was good. I thought the fan support again was fantastic. We are going to keep knocking on the door, and hopefully we'll get a win here soon.

"Maryland is a great team. They are a well-oiled machine. They've got experience, they've got talent, and good coaching. That's why they are one of the best teams in the country."

Was there a little bit more freedom on offense?

"Yes, I went to just strictly, what we call our three-game, just motion offense – pass, cut, screen. I just felt that we haven't been executing very well, for one. And two, sometimes when a play is called, the defense knows where a pass is supposed to go, and they sit on them. We haven't been good about reading defenses, so they've shot gaps and got steals. I just wanted them to pass and cut to free them up – not to have them think too much. I thought it looked good at times. Hopefully, we can keep that up."

Does that give them a better feel for each other?

"I think so. They have to read each other's movements better and see the defense a little more. There's no set pattern. It's just a freelance screening game."

Can you touch on Kris Lang's performance in the second half and your ability to get [the ball] inside. I think he was 7-9 in the second half. And can you talk about Jawad's overall performance.

"We talked at halftime that we needed to get Kris more shots. I think he only had four at half. In the screening game that we were running, we're spread out, which is good. It's hard for them to double on Kris, because there is no pattern. There is nobody standing in one spot. I think we did a good job of getting the ball to Kris in the second half, and he did a good job of getting the ball in the basket.

"And Jawad's effort was great. I think it might have been his best game, and I'm not just talking about points. He had three offensive rebounds – he had 11 total. He had five assists and one turnover. I really think Jawad is growing as a player. It's exciting to see. He did some good things. Some other guys did some good things as well.

"I'm frustrated for Jason. He's been through a lot with his grandmother, then losing to Wake Forest. He was ready to play and was looking for a good game. He got in foul trouble, and it was frustrating for him. I'm glad he handled it in a pretty good manner as he was coming off the court."

Can you build on the way you guys finished the last 10 minutes?

"I think so – we have to. We have to hang our hat on something. At this point in the season, getting beat the way we did at Wake Forest, to come back and play with some heart and show some fight, I'm proud of our guys. That's a start. You have to have that, and then you can win. If you don't have that, you aren't going to win. We showed some heart, we showed some spark, and we put up a fight. We just lost to a talented and well-coached team."

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