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Clemson vs. N.C. State Postgame Quotes

Jan. 10, 2009

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Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell Quotes

On his team’s win: “I’m very pleased to get a hard-fought win today. I thought our defense was the story with our ability to shut them down early and late. I thought our press was good for early turnovers, and then again late to get a working margin. I’m pleased to get a win in our ACC home opener.”

On the overall play of his bench: “We can talk about them today, but it’s been the story all season. Those guys came in and ratcheted up the volume defensively, got the crowd into the game, and hit some shots.”

On the performance of Trevor Booker: “I thought we had an advantage there. I thought Booker did too much fading until early in the second half. Then he went to work on the block. As long as we can get the ball down low, let’s keep doing it.”

On his team’s focus coming into the game: “I really liked the way we handled the approach to this game. Nobody was talking about N.C. State, everybody was talking about Wake and North Carolina. A team with less experience can get caught up in that. We can’t stop and smell the roses, because ACC teams are going to come at us.”

On whether the week layoff is good for his team: “We’re playing well, so maybe we should play tomorrow. It will be good to replenish their tanks physically and emotionally. This is a long season, then you have the ACC Tournament, and that takes a toll on you.”

North Carolina State Head Coach Sidney Lowe Quotes

“We couldn’t score the basketball. We turned it over 18 times and about 12 of those 18 were probably unforced. The turnovers were the difference in the ball game.”

“I thought our defense was pretty good, pretty solid. I was pleased with our defense for the most part. Our defense was pretty good, but we just couldn’t score the ball.”

“We were right there. I was pleased with our defense, but the turnovers really hurt us.”

On Clemson: “I thought those guys played very aggressive and played sound defense and took away our inside game.”

On the play of Trevor Booker: “He was much more physical than we were.”