Notes from Maryland 71, N.C. State 60

Gritty is the word that comes to mind after this win. As Gary Williams said afterward: "That’s basically how we play. We just try to find a way to win the game."

More Williams: "I never felt that we were going to give it away. N.C State was going to have to take it from us. That’s really a good win for us tonight."

I know Gary says he doesn't like to dangle the team's NCAA prospects as motivation, but the players sure are focused on making the tourney. Especially Dave Neal, the team's only senior.

Gary said he told Neal: "This is yours, this is your team."

Neal said he told teammates: "If we lose this game, it’s pretty much over."

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