COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after a 62-60 loss to Clemson on Wednesday night.
Here’s what Martin had to say during the post-game at Colonial Life Arena:
- Opening: “Obviously, disappointed with not being able to close out that game, especially with our inability to get a defensive rebound in the last three minutes. Then, to commit, in a four-point game, back-to-back fouls — Chris (Silva) wanting to broad jump from the free-throw on everybody … we’re lucky they missed some free-throws today … they’re a very good basketball team. We tried hard, but we couldn’t figure out how to close out the game. And that’s disappointing.”
- On Dozier: “He’s trying to win the game. He’s in those timeouts telling those guys, ‘The next play, the next play, the next play. It’s going to work.’ … he’s engaged to go make a play and help us win. He did everything he could to help us win tonight.”
- The final timeout: “Everything was around getting P.J. and Duane (Notice) the action … we’ve got to drive that to the rim. P.J. made a decision, he had a guy that’s eight inches shorter than him. He popped up and had that chance. He just took a 3-pointer and it didn’t go in.”
- Words to Notice: “What am I going to do? Duane is a rock-solid dude. I’m not disappointed today, in his inability to make shots … I’m disappointed on back-to-back plays where he does not box-out … I’m disappointed on those plays. The shot-making, it would be nice. They’re a good defensive team … we’ve got to find somebody else to help on the perimeter right now. That’s going to be our mission as we go into Christmas.”
- Maik Kotsar injury: “Third time this year he cramps up towards the end of the game … he had no energy to start the game, that’s the problem with first-year guys … he came out the second half and gave us tremendous energy, tremendous enthusiasm.”