"He told me to keep playing my game: 'Don't let nobody tell me nothing, don't turn it down a notch, you are who you are now, your stock went up,'" Jefferson said.
"We didn't give our best shot," N.C. Central coach Levelle Moton said. "We knew our freshmen would have to play like seniors and our walk-on would have to play like a scholarship junior. We fell short tonight. We were outplayed, outcoached, out-toughed. And they've been here before."