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Feb. 18, 2003

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Coaches’ Comments Virginia vs. Clemson Feb. 18, 2003

Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt:

Our coaching staff did a whale of a job when we got down 7-2. It was the fourth game this year where we’ve gotten down early on the road. They did a very good job [after that] knowing what was coming next.

Edward [Scott] had command of the game. It seemed like he had the bop in his step the whole game … In the first half, he was really a terrific offensive player. Everybody was wooed because he made shots. But if you look at the entirety of the game, he guarded their best player.

We guarded the heck out of it [on defense]. We got back to what we do best, though we probably gave [Devin] Smith some open looks.

(On outrebounding Virginia) It was very important. They dominated us those first few minutes. But as the game wore on, our forwards, as a committee, did a great job.

(On winning on the road) Nothing is offered up too easy in this league. But our players haven’t had the confines of our home for most of this year [playing the first eight home games at the Anderson Civic Center].

Virginia Head Coach Pete Gillen:

Clemson did a great job early in the game. They were on fire. We had trouble scoring and they hurt us on the offensive boards. Rebounding was key.

Sometimes when Todd [Billet] plays the point he has trouble scoring. … Teams are coming after the point-guard spot. We have to make some adjustments. We’re just having trouble scoring.

We have to dig down and get some stops. In the first half, they were kicking us.

Devin Smith was great tonight.

We probably rushed things [offensively]. We didn’t execute too well. We were probably trying to get it back too quickly.

Edward Scott is a terrific player, and he certainly played well tonight.