Dec. 22, 2006
Post game quotes - Washington
Freshman Spencer Hawes
On avoiding a letdown: "You're going to get down some, but you can't get too far down because you have to come back. Fortunately we were able to come back tonight."
On the team looking to the post more: "I don't know how many points Jon and I had on the block, a lot. We have changed a little bit to looking inside some more."
Sophomore Jon Brockman
On being tired as the game went on: "I don't know that it was the wind, we're not out of shape or anything. Anytime you are banging in the post it's going to be tough. Your legs start to burn and your muscles hurt and that's worse than just running around."
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
General Comments: "We have another non-conference game in February, but at this point I'm really excited about the way we closed out our non-conference schedule. Tonight we had five turnovers early. We weren't doing things. We were weird, I guess. After that we settled down and I thought we played really good basketball for the last 30 minutes of that game. This was different from others where we played 30 minutes and a bad ten. I didn't think it was due to a lack of effort. Whatever the reason was, we didn't start off right, but then we got it going. The first thing someone will mention is do we think we were having a letdown from the emotion of the other night. Maybe, but sometimes when it's a letdown you don't recover from it. You may win the game - maybe we win this game by eight points and just don't play well the entire night. That wasn't the case. We started out kind of goofy, but after that we settled down and we continued to play good basketball. I'm really happy about that."
On taking so many outside shots: "That's how we play, inside-out. I was surprised we missed so many. We missed a lot of them. We took some quick, contested ones, but aside from that I thought we did fine."
On Jon Brockman being taken out early: "That was my way of grabbing him by the collar. He was fine. Jon played his tail off tonight, again. He played so hard and provided so much energy. He has now begun to replace Bobby Jones in terms of that energy. The energy we lost with Bobby, Jon is providing for us. I think everyone else is following suit."
On having to shoot better in Pac-10 play: "I think we've done a good job of that. Tonight we shot poorly. It's an interesting mystery to me. I don't remember ever shooting like this. Maybe when we played against Gonzaga a few years ago we missed 22-straight. That's not how we shoot. Ryan Appleby was one for ten, are you going to tell Ryan not to shoot anymore?"
Weber State Head Coach Randy Rahe
General Comments: "We had a great start. The kids came out with confidence. They played. The bottom line is, we didn't maintain it. They are a good basketball team. They picked up some steam, and in the second half obviously they picked up the pressure a little bit more, but our kids played hard. We uncharacteristically missed a lot of easy shots. I thought all night we missed open shots. We shot about 50% from the floor. We are a better team than that. It was disappointing but we got good looks. We just didn't convert. I think our execution was pretty good. They had a hard time guarding us. We ran some stuff, got some looks, but we just didn't knock them down. Our effort was really good, our kids did not quit at all--not even close to it. Bottom line, we just didn't shoot the ball very well. Obviously the boards were a big factor. Forty-seven, twenty-four, you have no chance. They are a terrific rebounding team. I thought that they wore us down as we got going. Especially in the last 10 minutes of the half, they wore us down. They are a very good basketball team, and I give them all the credit. They have a good squad, they play hard, and they really rebound the ball."
On rebounding: "They are piranhas on the glass. They are big and strong, and they are athletic. I thought the first 10-12 minutes of the game we did a nice job kind of neutralizing that. They just kept on coming, and they wore us down on the glass."
On their scoring slump: "That was the big stretch right there. We missed two or three wide open looks that we normally make, and then at the free-throw line, we just didn't convert. It felt like to me that the kids were just getting a little bit worn down. They are big, strong, physical kids, and we got a little bit worn down."