Quotable Purnell


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On the upcoming game with Georgia Tech:

"I think we've got another important ACC game coming up. Once again,
we're entertaining somebody's Senior Night. With that comes a certain
amount of extra motivation and emotion on the part of the players from the
crowd. I'm sure Georgia Tech is gearing up for that. They will be
motivated.

"We've got plenty left to play for, without question. We're still in a
situation where we're not guaranteed a bye in the first round of the ACC
Tournament. We need to win this game in order to have that happen.
Obviously there are a whole host of reasons to play well. There's NCAA
seeding on the line. It's about playing your best possible basketball
going into the ACC Tournament. That gives you the best opportunity to win
that, and we certainly feel like we've got a shot at it."

On the injury status of Cliff Hammonds:

"Cliff practiced today. We didn't keep him out there long. It appears he
can take care of the basketball. He didn't appear to be experiencing a
lot of pain. We're going to tape him up and see if he can go, if he can
get through practice tomorrow feeling the same way. Everything else is
pretty typical. When you've got somebody banged up, other guys have got
to step up."

How does the injury affect his dribbling:

"He didn't appear to have any pain dribbling the ball with his right hand.
Hopefully it won't be that much of a problem."

On whether his playing time will decrease slightly:

"Not necessarily. He's in great, great shape. Right now we're going into
the game as we would any normal game. Obviously we hope the wrist won't
give him any problem."

On momentum carried after the Maryland win:

"Any time you can win even a couple of games in a row in the ACC, you
consider it momentum. But the reality of it is that we're a little bit of
a high wire act. We didn't play a good half against Miami, and we didn't
play a good half against Maryland. We've got to understand we must put
two good halves together, or we're going to fall off that high wire. I'm
not ready to suggest that we have tremendous momentum, but we certainly
feel good about that comeback. That's something you can't deny, it's the
greatest comeback in Clemson basketball history. That's certainly
something to reference when you get down. But we're not putting two
halves together right now. Our short-term goals against Georgia Tech are
to put two halves together and win the game."

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