Mark Prosser, Western Carolina Head Coach

On Mercer’s Run To Open the Second Half

“Unfortunately, it’s happened a couple of times and as coaches we need to get better at preparing our guys during the half to come out and perform differently. That first media (timeout), that second media (timeout), we were very uncharacteristic of what we were in the first half. We were turning the ball over, they were turning that into layups. They’re scoring and we’re not making them work for it. They came out in the second half as a desperate team at home and we didn’t answer that challenge and in a lot of ways we got what we deserved. When a team goes on a 17-0 run it’s hard to win. You have to find a way to maintain our effort level and not have those lapses throughout the course of 40 minutes.”

Mercer’s Second Half Adjustment on Carlos Dotson

“He attracts a lot of attention. He’s a very good player and people are being very physical with him. Understanding that he is a focal point for us offensively, we have to make sure we’re putting him in situations to be successful. They did double-team him and it frustrated him a bit. He’s a huge part of what we’re doing and we’re going to keep counting on him in key situations.

Marc Gosselin And His Leadership

“He’s a young man who works very hard. Nobody is harder on Marc than Marc. He’s a good player, he works at it and deserves good things to happen to him.

Looking Ahead to The Citadel

“A lot of times it comes down to the more desperate team. You never know what is going on in someone else’s locker room. Someone at 1 p.m. on Saturday will be desperate to win a basketball game and hopefully it’s the guys in dark jerseys. I know when this happened a week ago today we had a great concentration and wherewithal the next day to prepare. They are well coached and play with a different style than anything we’ve seen all year. We have to get healthy quickly and make sure all of our engines are firing and ready to go on Saturday.”