Clemson-FSU postgame

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CLEMSON - Postgame videos of Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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and players Andre YoungAndre Young
Sr. Guard
#11 5-9, 175
Albany, GA

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, Bobo Baciu and Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
Jr. Forward
#24 6-9, 225
Summerville, SC

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following Clemson's 79-59 victory over FSU Saturday.

Overall thoughts:

“It was a great win for our guys. I thought we were really ready to play.
I was quietly optimistic. I thought we had a great week of practice. Our
players were locked in and really focused, and we competed hard. I thought
the second half of East Tennessee State put our guys in good spirits. We
made a lot of tough plays today. We made 11 straight stops in the first
half and we were able to score off of a bunch of those. Then we did a
really good job of just keeping them at bay. It’s really hard, when you
have a lead like that, to keep it at a point where you can relax a little
bit. Our guys did a good job of hanging in there, finishing plays, and
making free throws. We got contributions from a lot of guys.”

On how his team’s early run affected the game:

“Games change, and games are different. Certainly, when we jumped out, it
changed a little bit of the way Florida State had to play. They had to
come out and try to get into us, and it opened the court for us to be able
to drive the ball more. That’s one of the reasons why we had so many free
throws. We were in a situation where we could attack. I’m certainly
unbelievably proud of how hard our guys competed and the way they defended
at a very high level today. Florida State is the kind of team that crashes
the board so much that you know if you can get a defensive rebound, you
have a chance to go attack them. They are hard to keep off the glass. They
got a bunch of offensive rebounds, but we also got a few layups.”

On Andre Young’s ability to get to the free throw line:

“Part of it is the way the game was played and the way they defended. It
shows his improvement as a player, though, to be able to put the ball on
the floor and create more. That’s not something that he’s done as much
throughout his career. We worked really hard with him this spring, and he
did a great job this spring and summer working on his skills. That has
helped him attack the basket.”

On the play of Catalin Baciu, particularly in the first half:

“He’s a big kid. When he’s comfortable and when he’s locked in, he can be
a problem for people, especially when we’ve got them spread out a little
bit. I thought our guys did a phenomenal job of leading him to baskets.
He’s holding the guy off, but our guys are passing it to him where all he
has to do is turn and hook it in quickly. We had a couple of guys make
feeds to him where that was all he really had to do. I thought they did a
good job of really finding him.”

On how this team compares to last year’s group:

“We’re not where we were last year. We played a very good game today, but
we’re not where we were last year right now. We’ve got a lot more things
that we have to do better. But I do think our team is improving. I thought
Hawaii was good for us to get some freshmen some time to play. They didn’t
all play very well at times, and I reminded them that we didn’t win very
much in Hawaii. So they didn’t play very much against East Tennessee. That
was part of a teaching moment for me with those guys. But I also told them
that we can’t survive the ACC playing six guys, so they’re going to have
to play and earn their time in practice. This week, they practiced much
better. We got their focus back, and they were much more competitive in
practice. That’s what they have to do. They have to help us. I’ve been
talking all year about how we don’t have a home run hitter. We don’t have
a guy that we can pencil in 18 points for. But we have a lot of guys that,
if they play well, we can do good things. But we’ve had a hard time having
multiple players play well, especially offensively, on a given night.
Today, we did.”

Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton

Overall Thoughts:

“That was one of our worst games. It just wasn’t a well-played game. I
didn’t see that coming because we had had a good week of practice. We
played with an extreme amount of energy the other night against Auburn,
and we didn’t bring that type of energy tonight. We had about seven open
looks that we only made one of. That was disappointing. They went on that
run in the first half and we just couldn’t dig ourselves out of that hole.
This was uncharacteristic focus for our team. We’re usually able to bounce
back and go on a run and get back in it, but we just didn’t give that kind
energy tonight.”

On scoreless drought in the first half:

“That’s been the norm for this team. We’ve been on a lot of runs this year
where we haven’t been able to score, even though we’ve gotten good shots
up. We evaluate all the film and the guys work hard in practice and are
focused, but sometimes we can’t translate that effort onto the court in a
game. We need to fix that, fast.”

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