Video: Brownell, players talk about moving to 4-1 in ACC

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Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell
Overall thoughts:
“Well, this was certainly a hard fought win today. I didn’t think we played real well in the first half and as a coaching staff, we didn’t help our guys enough. I thought Wake was a little more aggressive than I thought they would be and it probably threw us off a little bit. We just got off to a bad start but I thought we were very good defensively, and that kept us in the game. Going into halftime I hoped that we would find our offense a little bit better and get some things figured out to win the game. We did in the second half. But give Wake a lot of credit. I thought their guys hit a lot of big shots, so we couldn’t really establish a big lead.”

On playing your style as opposed to playing to the other team…
“We’re trying to push the ball on their misses and we get teams to miss a lot of shots, but we’re just not as good as we need to be on capitalizing on those opportunities and scoring in open court situations. We’re not purposely waiting 30 seconds to shoot, we’re just looking for a good shot and sometimes it takes us a little longer. But I do think our team understands our identity and how we’re successful and we’ve done a good job playing that way. We found a way to win a lot of games that could have gone either way.”

On the play of Adonis Filer…
“He’s done a good job. He’s an improving player. His turnovers have been down, which is good, and we’re trying to get him to be more efficient. He’s learning that you don’t always need to make home run plays, but rather hit singles and doubles. If he can do that consistently he’ll put together a good inning. He’s getting better at understanding that and just goes out and makes solid plays that are there. He’s got a herky-jerky game and can get by you and is good in small spaces, which allows him to have good angles on shots in the paint.”

On starting 4-1 in ACC play…
“We’re off to a good start and we’re playing well. But it’s a long distance race and we have some tough games coming up with five of our next six games on the road. But we’ve been opportunistic and found ways to win some close games. We’re still growing and improving as a team but I’m certainly proud of our guys.”

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