Brownell, players Wake postgame press conference


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Overall thoughts:

“I really thought we had a solid defensive performance by our entire team. It was a key to our win. Certainly when you have K.J. (McDaniels), (Devin) Booker, and Landry (Nnoko) getting blocked shots at the rim, it helps. I thought we did a good job on C.J. Harris, who is a tremendously talented offensive scorer. I thought our guys really locked in on some scouting situations with him. I thought we played fairly well on offense, and were very opportunistic. It was good to have Jordan (Roper) back making some threes. It was also good to get Booker some touches.”

On McDaniels’ offensive aggressiveness:

“I think there were just more transition opportunities. When the game is in transition, he is a better player. I have said all season we really need to work to get him to become a better half court player. There are times he has a hard time creating his own shots and that’s something we have really tried to work on.”

On defensive intensity:

“I thought it was really good. I thought we had a good game plan. I was proud of our preparedness, and our guys’ attentiveness in practice the past two days. If you do a good job on Harris, and even (Travis) McKie we did a good job as well. Obviously with all the blocks, we gave up some offensive rebounds with all the blocks. You have got to be impressed with our field goal percentage defense. “

On game plan:

“We just wanted to make it harder on him. We wanted to know where he was and find him in transition. We wanted to slow them down on transition. Obviously there were some times where we did not hustle, or we were not in the right position, but I thought for 35 of the 40 minutes we had really good transition defense.”


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