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Clemson vs. S.C. State Postgame Quotes

Dec. 13, 2008

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S.C. State Head Coach Tim Carter

On Game: “I thought the only thing we did well tonight was shoot free throws. I thought we would struggle against their height and size coming into the game. The 1st half was very poor, but I felt like in the second half we slowed the ball down and played better. They did a good job hitting key shots and really played well.”

On beginning of the game: “We had a lot of adrenaline going at the beginning, but that wears off and we weren’t able to keep up with them. We started in zone defense because I didn’t feel like we would be able to guard them, and we couldn’t but we decided to go to man to man defense and we did a better job.”

On Clemson not being in the Top 25: “I am not surprised, only because I feel like the writers don’t realize how good they really are. They are such a well coached team, and anybody that can go into Illinois and win has to be a good team.”

On Status of Flagler: “We really won’t know until tomorrow. I think and hope it is only just a twisted ankle.”

Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell

On his overall impressions of the performance: “I thought it was a good game coming out of exams. Once we got our second wind, we kind of locked in defensively in the first half. We were sharp for exam week, and once we got through the first rotation, we settled into the game a little bit.”

On his little-used freshmen: “I thought Narcisse was pretty impressive with his energy today, but we’ve seen that before. Baciu needs a little work, but he’s tall and smart. Both of those guys just need some minutes.”

On whether he feels his team is ready for conference play: “If we make some improvements on Tuesday, especially in rebounding, we’ll be ready for ACC play. Illinois helped with that, Charlotte helped with that, now we need to get better on Tuesday.”

On the play of K.C. Rivers: “K.C.’s had a really solid year. He didn’t shoot the ball well early, but he’s given us leadership and toughness all year. Now he’s starting to settle in offensively.”

On what he hopes to accomplish while class is not in session: “This is a great opportunity to improve as a basketball team. We did a good job of that last year, and we have a chance to do the same thing this year.”