UNC-Maryland: Gary Williams Press Conference

"I thought we did a good job preparing for this game after our win Saturday. We knew how well Carolina played against Connecticut to win that game, so we thought this would be a very difficult game, and we were right. Carolina plays with a great deal of emotion. They're young guys, and they just won't quit. We had them down a couple of times where if we scored that might have been it, but they wouldn't let that happen, to their credit."

"Obviously, when you lose a player of May's ability, it certainly changes your team around. They've done a great job of adjusting, one of those mid-season adjustments, which are really hard to do."

"We were able to start out well, but then we had that lull in the first half where we let Carolina back. Then at the start of the second half, that was key. We were able to go inside and it got us going again. We did a pretty good job of playing with the lead after that."

"We've been a good team this year. In other words, our bench has really been valuable. Guys like John Gilchrist, Chris McCray and Jamar Smith have been big for us this year. Nik Caner-Medley played big for us Saturday but didn't play a lot tonight. It's been different guys. Our fifth senior is Calvin McCall. He's given us great minutes in big games. He has no fear, and he's been around for a while. You know the story, he played football. He's come out, and he's played more than I thought he would play this year. He's earned his way in there, and he makes big plays for us. He'll get that key rebound or whatever it takes to help us win games."

"It was a team effort. That's what we've been this year. I think the difference in our team this year is we don't know how we're going to be good each game. Somebody has to step up. Last year we were pretty consistent with the rotation so it's a little different this year. From a coach's standpoint, it's a lot of fun because it really challenges you to try and get that right combination out there at the right time. Sometimes you do it, and sometimes you don't, but makes you really appreciate the coaching part of things. It's a lot of fun."

"We're fortunate to have seniors, and that helps us [hold off Carolina's run], but in that situation I thought John Gilchrist did a great job of coming in and really executing the offense. That was the key during that stretch, and Jamar Smith got really active at the same time. It's hard to keep coming back. Carolina made a great run from 17 to 2, then we have to do it again, and that's when it get's really tough because it really takes a lot out of you."

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