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November 9, 2012
The following are select quotes form first-year Miami of Ohio coach [db]John Cooper[/db] after NC State's 97-59 win over the RedHawks Friday evening at the PNC Arena in Raleigh.
"Sometimes it's okay to lose, but it depends on how we lost, whether we competed or not. We gave ourselves opportunities, but we broke down on all ends. We were giving up layups in transition, allowing easy baskets after we came up with a score."
"Certainly, we have a long way to go, and have to get better. It starts with addressing the little things, because that's where you saw us break down. Some of those breakdowns were from veteran guys. We have to fix that."
"When a team shoots 61 percent against you, that should say enough, but we went 29 percent on the other end. Those numbers don't translate into wins unless we were finding a way to turn the other team over 40 times."
"We got the looks, but we had to shoot extremely well in order to be in this game down the stretch. We needed to have great possessions on both ends. When they made a run before halftime, we lost that opportunity."
"Our guys won't walk away from this game done with the season. Sometimes it takes a loss like this for guys to understand the importance of preparation."
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