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Clemson vs. Maryland Post-Game Coaches’ Quotes

Feb. 18, 2009

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Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell

“I thought we played very well today. Obviously we played well and made shots in the second half and I thought even in the first half we played well. We had to be ready for a team that came in with some confidence and they were ready to go. They started to narrow the lead there at the end of the half, but we made a big play going into the half. K.C. picked off a pass and went in and gave us a little bit of momentum. And then a couple of things just didn’t go well for them coming out of the half. Our guys were in it for the long haul and the recognition of an ACC game on our home court certainly sank in. It was one of our better games of the year at an opportune time.”

On Booker: “Teams are doubling Booker now, and he’s doing an outstanding job of finding people. He only took 5 shots for the game, but he set up so many other guys. And teams are going to double like that, but we have the ability to tear from the outside, as long as we’re making great shots.

“Our ball movement was really good in the second half.”

On bench play: “Energy. Effort. We didn’t lose anything, particularly defensively, as they came in, and that’s what we try to do every game. You need at least 9 guys to do that, and they need to be effective guys. And all of our guys were pretty effective tonight.”

Maryland Head Coach Gary Williams

On the game: “Clemson did a good job tonight. They made us scramble in the first half and we missed shots down the stretch and they made them. Once they got hot it was hard to stop them and we had trouble scoring. “

On size of Clemson: “We have beaten teams with a lot of size, they are a very good team and should be ranked. We held them in the first but just couldn’t in the second. They are going to hurt a lot of teams with their size.”

On Booker: “He is a very good player. Stitt also did a good job for them tonight. They have a good combo with their three point shooters and inside presence. They are very hard to defend.”

On pace of game: “It does wear you down, but we had enough players and just didn’t make layups when we broke the press.”

On the press: “We press a lot so we are used to it. Clemson did a good job of transitioning out of the press when it wasn’t working.”

On Clemson defense: “They are tough on the ball. They are very quick and you can’t just go by them. You have to run good plays, and we didn’t do that.”