Quotes, Notes & Numbers: No substitutions in double OT a matter of 'trust'

Brad Brownell: 'I think they were looking for us to slow them down and I kept telling them to push it'

Clemson's Damarcus Harrison and Maryland's Jake Layman compete for a rebound in the second overtime period. Clemson defeated Maryland 77-73.

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Clemson's Damarcus Harrison and Maryland's Jake Layman compete for a rebound in the second overtime period. Clemson defeated Maryland 77-73.

Clemson's Brad Brownell

“Terrific win for our guys. I thought we showed a ton of resiliency, especially throughout the last 8-10 minutes of the game. We got down, had a little lead and lost it late in regulation, but guys fought back and made plays. We had a chance at the end of regulation to win it, but didn’t get it done there. It was the same thing in the first overtime. We made a mistake defensively and they made a big three. Then in the second overtime, K.J. (McDaniels) had a move at the rim which you expect him to get the foul.

“The guys came back a little dejected after the first overtime and I tried to stay positive. We rode our starters pretty hard down the stretch. They played a lot of minutes and I think they showed a lot of guts and courage to hang in there and come back and win. They could have given in at any time down the stretch, but for them to find a way to win, that was really good and I’m proud of them.”

On only turning the ball over nine times: “We were trying to push the ball as much as we could, especially when Maryland missed and I thought we got great shots. Our guys kept looking over, and I think they were looking for us to slow them down and I kept telling them to push it. I thought we got all kinds of great shots, but when you’re getting good shots and not turning the ball over you don’t have to shoot the ball as well. That’s why turnovers are so problematic, because they usually lead to points for the other team. So for us tonight to only turn the ball over nine times in 50 minutes, that’s pretty good.”

On not subbing through either of the overtimes: “It’s trust. I was going to let those guys ride it out and try to win with those guys. They were in a pretty good rhythm. Maryland did a lot of things where they switched guys and had five shooters on the court when they put (Jake) Layman and (Evan) Smotrycz in there together. But Landry (Nnoko) can guard some perimeter players, that’s one of the values of having him out there at center. I think his size always affects the game defensively, so I wanted him out there. Rod (Hall) played great today. He made some big shots and big plays and fought through a bunch. I was really proud of those guys.”

On coming back after the Wake Forest loss last week: “In that game, I thought for the first 20 minutes, we played very poorly. We had all kinds of breakdowns and couldn’t get it figured out. Some of the poor offensive shooting probably got into our heads a little bit. We practiced well the last two days. I thought we were going to play well today. I knew it would be a hard game. I think Maryland is very talented, especially offensively. There’s stress on your defense when they have as many shooters as they do out on the court. They did make nine threes, but they were 9-for-32, 28 percent. That was huge in the game.”

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon

“I don’t really know where to start in a game like this with so many possessions. I was proud of our effort and I thought the last 18 minutes of the game, we defended well and rebounded. We also shared the ball well and got some good shots. At the end, we just couldn’t make a play to win the game. Give them credit. (K.J.) McDaniels’ block was big-time on Dez (Wells) and in the second overtime, they just made plays. I thought Rod (Hall) made plays to get it to the first overtime and then Damarcus (Harrison) hit the big three in the corner in the second to separate them from us. They made plays at the end and we didn’t.”

On being stuck on 54 points: “I thought we played well enough to win, but we could just not make a play. I don’t know how long we were on 54 points, but it felt like we were there forever. It was frustrating that we couldn’t score and it hurt us in the end.”

On what halted Maryland in the last few minutes: “Their defense was good, and we missed some open looks.”

On Clemson making the plays to win: “We got beat off the dribble a few times by Hall and then we put Nick (Faust) on him, and he got one basket on Nick (Faust). I think Nick’s height gave him a little bit of a problem. McDaniels is a very good player and Jake (Layman) got beat off the dribble by him one time and that hurt us. They had timely offense and we had opportunities to win, but just didn’t get it done.”

On the confidence of his team after this loss: “The kids are resilient, but it has been tough. Today was tough with the double overtime loss after playing well enough to win, but just not getting it done. We have to go play Tuesday and try and win. I told the kids we have to have a short memory and get refreshed and figure out a way to get a win Tuesday night.”

Team Notes

· It was Clemson’s first overtime win over the Terrapins since the 1997-98 season.

· It was Clemson’s first overtime game in Littlejohn Coliseum since a 72-69 win over NC State on Feb. 25, 2012.

· This was Clemson’s second double overtime game this season (at Notre Dame). The last time Clemson played two double overtime games in a season was 2007-08 (vs. Florida State, at North Carolina).

· Clemson’s win gave the program nine ACC wins; it is only the ninth time in 61 seasons that Clemson has achieved at least nine ACC wins.

· The win was Clemson’s first over Maryland since the 2009-10 season. The Terrapins had won four straight in the series.

· Brad Brownell won against Maryland for the first time in his career in five tries. His first game against the Terrapins was an NCAA Tournament loss when he was the coach at UNC Wilmington, on a desperation, buzzer-beating three-pointer by Maryland as time expired in 2003.

· Clemson was outrebounded 63-47, but won the game. The 63 rebounds were the most by a Clemson opponent since the 1969-70 season when three opponents had 70 or more in games.

· The -16 rebound margin was the biggest disparity of the season for Clemson.

· Prior to Sunday, the most rebounds Clemson had yielded to an opponent under Brad Brownell was 47 to The Citadel in 2011 and VMI earlier this season.

· The Tigers had 10 turnovers or less for the seventh time in ACC play this season. Clemson had an 11-to-9 assist-to-turnover ratio in the 50 minutes.

· Clemson won today after trailing 54-50 with five minutes to play. Clemson had been 0-9 when trailing with five minutes left in games this season.

· The Tigers moved to 9-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points.

· Clemson is 12-1 this season when it outscores the opposition in the paint.

· Clemson is now 4-4 in games decided by five points or less this season. The four wins are the most since the 2009-10 team had the same number of wins by five or less.

Player Notes

· K.J. McDaniels reached double figures for the 25th time in 28 games this season. He posted a game-high 26 points.

· It was McDaniels’ 11th game with at least 20 points in the scoring column this season. He entered 2013-14 with none in 58 career games.

· McDaniels now has five “20 & 10” games this season, more than any other ACC player.

· McDaniels extended his streak of games with at least one blocked shot to 10. He finished with a game-high six.

· McDaniels now has 81 blocked shots this season, putting him 10th in Clemson history for a single season. Next ahead of him is Elden Campbell, who had 87 in 1988-89.

· McDaniels matched his personal best with 14 rebounds, tying the 14 he had earlier this season in another double overtime contest, at Notre Dame.

· Rod Hall dished out five assists Sunday, increasing his career total to 252. He is the 22nd different Tiger (in the ACC era) to post at least 250 in a career.

· Hall scored 16 points against Maryland, his 15th double figure scoring effort of the season.

· Hall posted a career-high seven rebounds and played a career-high 43 minutes Sunday.

· Damarcus Harrison reached double figures for the fourth consecutive game, a career-long streak. He also extended his streak of games with at least one three-pointer to seven on his crucial make with 1:13 to play in the second overtime.

· Landry Nnoko scored double figures for the seventh time this season, and fourth time against an ACC opponent. He finished with 11 points.

· Nnoko added nine rebounds, his high since grabbing 13 in the upset win over Duke on Jan. 11.

· Nnoko logged a career-high 46 minutes Sunday. His previous high was 37 at Notre Dame.

· Jaron Blossomgame blocked a pair of shots, his first multi-block game since Nov. 24 against UMass.

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lhaselden writes:

great game ..Go Tigers!

84tele writes:

Yep, a great win for the players. But I ask again, where is the student participation? Been a season ticket holder for 21 years and can never remember this many empty student seats. It seems it would be hard, as a player, to be enthusiastic to play when there is little or no support from your peers. We need more students like the pep band. Low Brass Rules!

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