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UNC 78 FSU 74: Postgame Audio & Quotes

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Postgame Audio and Quotes(via UNC)

Roy Williams FSU Postgame Audio

Opening Statement

“We are good to say the least, we got the ‘W,’ it was a weird game at times but we did some nice things. Our execution on offense at the end, and also defensively, I thought we played well at times. But boy, [Xavier] Rathan-Mayes, we held him scoreless without a field for about four or five minutes, but all of a sudden in the last 30 seconds he made three of four of them in a row. He was a difficult guy for us to guard. Sometimes he’d come off the screen, and a big guy would be there and the next time he would refuse a screen and beat a defender back to the basket. And we didn’t do a good job of getting back and helping the helper, but I think that was some happy [news], I’m proud of Brice [Johnson]. Brice’s back was bothering him during warm-ups; I told him I wish it was bothering during warm ups all the time if he is going to get 18 and 14, but I was worried about him. Joel [James] hurt his knee; the reason he couldn’t get back into the game. We tried some zone, we tried some 1-3-1, just a few things just to try to change things up, just to buy some time. But it wasn’t a very comfortable day for us, but that’s because Florida State is really good. A couple of times we thought we have very open looks to the basket, a couple of times they blocked and other times our guys were afraid they were going block it, so we missed some easy ones. But you know, Brice had 18-14 and Marcus having 19 and playing as many minutes as he played. Justin [Jackson] played 34 minutes, and I thought Justin if he could have made a lay up and make some free throws he could have had a big time game. Everybody’s been saying too many good things about him the last few games so its right that he stinks so he can go back and be a better player again. [I’m] very pleased to win the game.”

On being pleased with Nate Britt

“Yes, especially the first half I thought he was really good. In the second half he didn’t make a couple of passes and he missed some shots. He’s a little guy. He has to understand that when he gets runs in there, I mean those guys have flyswatters. He’s leading the country in blocked shots when he thinks he’s got an open layup. I was really pleased. He showed some toughness today and he’s a tough kid. I asked him, “Are you sure you’re alright?” and he said, ‘I’m fine.’ I mean he has 15 stiches inside his upper lip, and its not very comfortable for him. I am very proud of him and he gave us some great minutes.”

On areas the have worked on in modified practices

“I think our sustained effort defensively. We did pretty good for the first 10 seconds and then all of a sudden we made a rarified error that we haven’t been before, and maintaining the defense and intensity and finishing. You know they got 11 offensive rebounds, but they got a lot more of them in the first half than they did in the second. I think that just sustaining the effort, and then the other thing is that if you don’t have good practice time, its hard to execute under duress because we cant put them in duress situations during the course of our practice. But we got some big time offensive rebounds for us there today in the game and I think three of four possessions we got and offensive rebound and put it back in and that always helps.”

Marcus Paige FSU Postgame Audio

Brice Johnson FSU Postgame Audio

On standing while on the bench

“I don’t know if it was hurting to sit out; I didn’t want to stiffen up. I wanted to stay loose. I just wanted to stand up and do a little stretching and stretch my hamstrings so it won’t tighten up anymore.”

On his back injury

“It was starting to hurt before the game, and then all of a sudden after I fell, it just made it a little bit worse. I was just trying to be cautious of it and try to play aggressive at the same time.”

J.P. Tokoto FSU Postgame Audio

On having only five turnovers today

“Coach [Williams] was very excited about that because he is big on turnovers. For ourselves, we are extremely happy just because we don’t have to run in practice.”

On playing more minutes with players out

“It’s basketball. You come to this university to play, what better way is to get more minutes. I feel like that is every college player’s dream to come to a college like this and kind of fall into some minutes. It’s unfortunate it comes at the cost of our teammates being hurt. But at the same time, that’s basketball. We just have to keep playing.”