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Nov. 14, 2015

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South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening Statement
Well I am happy the first one is over with, I am not a fan of first games of a tournament or first games of a season. I am consumed with needing information so I can have a piece of mind and early in the year you don’t have film on guys and you don’t know about their new players. I am just never comfortable with that, but this one is out of the way. We have a real hard game Monday. I knew this was going to be hard because they have a winning fabric and with the new rules and their ability to play so many guards that can score, we have to continue to learn how to play our style of defense with those teams like we did today. That was good that we played a team that had so many guards. For the most part I was happy with how we played today.

Junior Guard Sindarius Thornwell
His thoughts on the season opener…
I think we started the game out really well. Played defense really well, and for the most part we played how we wanted to play. They were making tough shots and deep 3s. For the most part we still have some things we need to work on. It is still early in the year so we are trying to get the kinks out to get better.

Senior forward Laimonas Chatkevicius
On good start to both halfs…
Well we came in focused and we knew how important the first game is and the first half. And in the second half, Coach got on us because we let them come back a little bit. So we had to come perfect for the first five minutes.

Norfolk State Head Coach Robert Jones
Opening Statement
South Carolina is a great team. It was a tough loss. We played with some great intensity. I thought we could have put forth a little better effort. We’ll go watch some film and disect this a little bit and we’ll get better for sure.