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On some nights, it will be enough. On others, Nickelberry (a former head coach at Hampton and assistant at Charlotte and Clemson) will need to remind himself of the youthful group he’s fielding.

After all, he’s well-aware this is just the start of something he hopes will get much better, with nights like Monday serving as rewards to savor along the way.

“Some of these guys have already played more minutes now than they played their whole high school senior year,” Nickelberry said. “It’s about me being patient. I’m not really a patient coach. Coming from Hampton and Clemson, we won a lot. I have to learn patience. It’s not all about the wins. It’s nice to get wins. It’s about seeing these guys grow.”