March 10, 2005
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton
North Carolina State made some very good adjustments since the last time we played. They were extremely savvy at penetrating and getting (Ilian) Evtimov a lot more involved early. Unfortunately for us, they hit those early looks. Once again, we dug a hole for ourselves. It was very difficult for us to dig out. They did a very good job with their sagging man-to-man. We had become so accustomed to so many teams in our league pressing us. It seemed that sagging man-to-man made us very tentative. To their credit, they did a very good job defending and creating a great deal of indecision for our youngsters.
On NC State playing with more energy
They were extremely patient on offense. They run the kind of offense where you can’t overplay very much … if you do, you will give up a number of back-door plays. On this particular game they did a good job of finding the guys that were open and who were making shots. On our offensive end they did a good job of backing off. We are not experienced enough right now to solve that. We became very tentative. That is something which really disappointed me.
On struggles of Von Wafer
Sometimes when you are developing as a player you go through periods where things just don’t seem to go right for you. He has gone through one of those periods. When your leading scorer falls into a situation like that you have to find other ways to compensate for that. We developed into a team that went the way our leading scorer went. We have not developed other guys who can pick up the slack. That is something we need to work on in the off-season. I feel we have guys on our team that can develop in those areas. We need to be the kind of team that does not rely on one particular player.
Florida State senior forward Anthony Richardson
They came out at the beginning of the game and really jumped on us. We did not get into an offensive rhythm. We were not sticking to our defensive principles and gave them a lot of open shots. We made a surge at the end, but it was too little, too late.
Florida State senior forward Adam Waleskowski
They got out to a good start and were knocking down a lot of shots. We could not get any energy on either side of the floor. We were not doing much on offense and got away from what we had planned. In the second half we made a couple of adjustments and came back. Coach made some changes and got some guys in the game that brought us back.
Sophomore guard Von Wafer
(On today’s loss to NC State)
It was a very tough game. We got behind in the beginning and just tried to fight back but just weren’t able to pull it out. I was frustrated when sometimes we would have a little mental lapse here and there that cost us because I know we’re better than that.
Freshman guard Jason Rich
(On getting behind early)
They came out ready to play. I think we got good shots and they weren’t falling early and it took away from our defensive intensity and make us lackadaisical. We played lackluster in the first half and it continued into the second and it just got too late to pick it up.
(On their comeback attempt)
We pressed them a little bit and got a few steals and a few buckets and kind of got the momentum going a little bit. I felt that we had a great chance to come back but it didn’t work out that way.