Jan. 7, 2006
CLEMSON COACH OLIVER PURNELL
The major reason we struggled all night, from the opening tap, was the
backboards. Part of it was that we were so small out there, but the other
part was that we weren't blocking out on the weak side at all.
(On Virginia's starters) It looked like to me they were searching for their
best lineup. I like that lineup. It does give them a big strong team, and
they've got enough shooting out there with Joseph at the 3 position, and of
course the two guards are outstanding shooters.
(On Hamilton's defense) Vernon's a steal guy. He's closing in on the
all-time record at Clemson. If we had been able to win that game, we'd have
looked back and said he sparked us by making a bank three, getting a steal,
and making a couple of things happen.
(On Adrian Joseph) He hurt us bad. He hit at least three open jumpshots
that really hurt us. He made a three on an out-of-bounds play under their
basket where we didn't trail hard enough, and that gave them a good working
(On Virginia's big players) They're serviceable. They block shots and
they're big and they hurt us tonight. Based on tonight's game, which is the
only one I can go on, they're pretty solid.
VIRGINIA COACH Dave Leitao
The best way to describe our guys today is resilient. Today there was an
energy level that was sustained. It wasn't here and there. We've had good
halves like we did today. There was a stretch at the beginning of the second
half and then when Clemson came back after being down 52-42, when we were a
little flat, a little fatigued, but I thought the guys did a great job
maintaining, not only their poise but they're resiliency.
What we wanted to do was try to keep them off balance, because they're a
very good rhythm team, try to disrupt their rhythm. Just changing defenses
I thought was a pretty good thing for us and caused them to miss a few
shots, and we did a good job on the backboards.
(On rebounding) There were a lot of missed shots. Our number 1 key was to
protect the backboards, not only because it's a good thing for us, but
because it establishes a mentality.
(On Clemson's defense) They really challenged the ball. They denied the
wings. He (Singletary) got a little sloppy in taking care of the ball, but
again he made a big three and then a big pullup 15-footer, which speaks to
who he is, that he could be resilient enough and bounce back.