Postgame Quotes - Maryland vs. Wake Forest

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March 8, 2012

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Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon

Opening remarks:

"That's the best, most complete game we've played all year. We defended. We rebounded. We executed. We shared the ball, 18 assists, (shot) 54 percent for the game with 57 percent in the second half. We were really good against the zone I thought, especially early in the game and then in different periods, and then at the start of the second half, got them out of it. We dialed in. I thought we were on top of their sets and doing a good job. In the first half, we couldn't control (C.J.) Harris, (Tony) Chennault and (Travis) McKie. We had trouble with those guys. I thought the second half we did a much better job guarding those three."

On speeding Wake Forest in the second half:

"Well, we got stops. In the first half, we weren't getting stops and we run on misses. We got stops and long rebounds. We were able to get some easy ones. I think it comes down to we had confidence during that stretch too. And of course those last 10 minutes, we tried to play a lot slower and get the game over with."

On the players being energized by the ACC Tournament:

"You could say the new floor got us excited. We were the first ones on the floor yesterday and I thought that was pretty cool for our guys. Nick (Faust) has really been playing well now for about three weeks and took it to another level today. He really defended and made some shots. It was great to see Alex (Len) have some success out there. We talked about just about dialing in and also having fun. I think the guys tried to have fun today. More importantly, they trusted their teammates on both ends of the floor. That's been a hard thing for us this year but today we did it."

Maryland Sophomore Terrell Stoglin

On what sparked the second half run:

"We were able to get long rebounds. Long rebounds equal fast breaks. That's what we were able to do."

On across-the-board contributions:

"I just wanted to do anything I could do to help us win. Coach was talking to me on the plane about being a better teammate and about getting my teammates involved, and I wanted to do that today. It just worked out."

Maryland Freshman Nick Faust

On the second-half run:

"With the zone, we felt as thought we could defend them well and pressure them. The press definitely helped us get turnovers, and we capitalized on them."

Wake Forest Coach Jeff Bzdelik

Opening Statement:

"Let's first give Maryland a lot of credit. They came out and hit us hard. In the second half, inside especially, they just wore on us. Our last game here, a regular-season game against Georgia Tech, we had zero points from our bench. In today's game, we really just had points offensively from three players. Some of the other points came after the fact. They just wore on us, and it took its toll on us, and that was the ballgame."

On Maryland's ability to substitute:

"As I said, people wear on us. If you go back through our ballgames, we are very competitive to a certain point and then our lack of depth and there is so much pressure on young men like CJ and Travis to consistently score for us. We are just looking forward to next year when we have six new bodies coming in and that gives us the depth that is going to help us tremendously. But right now, with stuff that has happened over the last couple of years, our depth is very thin."

On the effort and execution in the second half:

"The intention, the effort, when you are wearing down, and you have to work so hard on offense and all year long, the minutes. I think the two top minutes per game players in the ACC are CJ and Travis. I think both have logged over a thousand minutes. I think CJ has logged over a thousand minutes, and he played one less game because he was out with a groin. It just takes its toll, it really does. It is hard for us to get anything easy down low so we have to work so hard on offense, and we are undersized. We are playing CJ at the small forward a lot. All the constant wear and the physicality of the game, it takes its toll. It was like that in the Miami game a few weeks ago. We were down one midway through the second half and we just get worn out. It's not effort, their intentions are good. It's just you get a step slower when you get tired."

Wake Forest's C.J. Harris

On Maryland's ability to score freely in the second half:

"I think the effort was there. They (Maryland) did a good job of getting the ball into the middle of the zone and hitting shooters on the opposite end. It was a combination of late closeouts and defensive rebounding that hurt us."

On the team's focus on present instead of future:

"It is something you have to block out. The guys in the locker room were focused on the next game. We didn't pay any attention to anything about the future. We were living in the present. We wanted to come out here, complete and get a good win. That was the only thing we were focused on."

On if how Wake Forest played down the stretch of season make the loss tougher:

"We felt like we were going in the right direction. Today, we started off pretty well in the first half. I had full confidence in my team that we were going to come out in the second half and play like we did against Duke in the second half and against Boston College. It just wasn't there."