UNC-Clemson: Shyatt Press Conference

Clemson head coach Larry Shyatt had the following remarks after his team defeated North Carolina, 80-77, in Littlejohn Coliseum ...

Opening Remarks

"I think it is appropriate to say that our fans never allowed us to fall behind any more than six or seven points. They helped us stay in the game and they actually got louder when we fell behind. I hope they do that two more times this season.

"It is hard to play with energy all of the time. I am really happy for our guys and thankful for our crowd. There was a lot of energy yesterday (at practice) among our guy and also a lot today.

"Tomas Nagys was the difference in this game. He will be the first one to tell you that he played poorly against Duke, but his 23 minutes today was evidence of how effective he was. His free throw shooting was important to us in the end.

"Our players have had a very funneled focus for the last three months. They have had some tough luck, but I think they deserve more credit."

On Clemson's post players:

"I wish I could have played all four of our post players all 20 minutes in the second half. That's how effective I believe they were. To play against that many McDonald's All-Americans at one time and limit them to just seven rebounds, that shows how effective they are and how hard they work."

On Clemson's 12 turnovers in the first half:

"In the first half, we looked to run too often. We attacked, nonetheless; and I think Olu (Babalola) and Chey (Christie) crossing along the baseline opened up some driving lanes for Ed (Scott)."

On Clemson's guard play:

"From the nine-minute mark until the three-minute mark of the second half, Ed Scott owned the court on both ends."

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