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#17 Washington 73, California 62
Release: 02/26/2006
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Postgame Quotes Washington vs. California Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash., February 26, 2006

WASHINGTON COACH Lorenzo Romar:

General Comments: "To see the seniors go out with a victory, on senior day, is something else, especially when you have a group of kids like these. I don't know how they played, it's easy over there to coach and sit down. If I had to run up and down, I don't know, with all of the emotions running, but our team played well, did a nice job. It's good to play this way as we head out on the road for two games against two very tough opponents."

On Brandon Roy:"Brandon Roy had a great ballgame. He did what great players do, great players take their teams to great heights, and he did that tonight with the help of his teammates, but the second half he just took over. What gets lost in the shuffle with Brandon, again, is how well he is defending. He guarded a very good basketball player, in Ubaka, and he held him to 2 for 9 from the field. He's just playing a complete basketball game right now and, again, not to toot his horn but, we've won six straight games now and Brandon has been phenomenal in all of those games. Plus, he's got to be playing as anyone in the country, with what he is doing and what he is putting forth out there."

On Roy's Growth: "His confidence as a leader probably has been his biggest area of growth as well as playing more intense for long periods of time. What he is doing out there, I am convinced last year, if the situation presented itself, he could have been doing the same thing. We've always known, from day one, how good a basketball player he was, but with the team going the way it was, team chemistry, it wasn't his turn to do that. He's always had the skills to take over but he's really developed into someone who plays a lot harder and someone who is comfortable leading. He's so smooth when he plays, he's kind of laidback. Some guys are up and running around in a social gathering, he's probably just sitting down and relaxing. So it's not natural for him to jump in and corral guys and lead that way, but he has really grown in that area this year so it's been pretty fun to watch that development."

On Roy's Bid For Player of the Year: "I think it would mean a lot to both (Roy and the program). Obviously, when you have anyone that receives postseason honors, Brandon has been player of the week a couple times, Bobby Jones has been player of the week, its always great for your program. But you are talking about a guy who decided to come back and play his senior year, with so many looking to leave as quick as they can, and sure he talked about it in high school but I don't think he was that serious about leaving. If he was serious he would have left after last year, but to come back and be rewarded with this type of individual year, but also, up to this point, I don't know what is going to happen next week, but to this point, the type of year his team is having, it's got to be pretty special for him.

On Defense of Leon Powe: "They did a great job, Mike started out on him and then Jon was on him, but they did a great job of not allowing him to get the ball, a lot of touches rather. He put up seven shots, and for Leon Powe that's not a whole lot, but you've got to give our other guys a lot of credit too, because of their defensive awareness, he picked up couple charges and he had to sit out. He still managed to play 33 minutes but those guys did a great job on him."

On Emotions Before the Game: "You know you tell yourself, just focus, focus, focus, and when you see them come down that tunnel for the last time it hits you between the eyes, or right in the heart, whatever sounds best to you. It's tough, to see a couple of them get teary-eyed it's tough. But, you know, you're proud of them, and you know they're going to go on and be successful and you can relax that way."

CALIFORNIA COACH BEN BRAUN:

On Leon Powe: "We tried to get him some touches. And it seemed like every time we got some touches to him, Leon was trying to be aggressive to the basket. He got about two or three calls against him, and those were tough calls and tough plays for us. Those were real momentum changes for them. And as hard as Leon was working, I thought he had opportunities to go after the rim a few times, and we came away with no basket, and a foul. I thought in my opinion that there were some questionable judgements in those situations. We did get a lot of looks, and the ones that we did get; Leon was fighting awfully hard for them.

On his team's offense: "It was tough, I thought we had good penetration, we got some good looks--Richard bounced back and got some good looks around the perimeter. Theo obviously got some good looks. So I thought we created some shots around the perimeter, and had some other looks at the basket."

On the huge threes hit by the Huskies: "They came out and hit some big threes. Brandon Roy hit some big threes. Justin Dentmon hit some big threes. Bobby Jones hit some big threes, and Ryan Appleby hit some big threes. They hit some huge shots around the perimeter. I thought we took away a lot of their inside attack--we didn't give them much at the basket, so they went to the perimeter and got us off the dribble at the perimeter, and I thought they hit some huge shots at the perimeter. Every time we would close the gap, or was ready to make a move, they just knocked down big three after big three. Huge shots for their team. They shot the ball extremely well."

On defending Brandon Roy: "Brandon Roy hit three big threes that is for sure. And they were over DeVon's hands two of them--the other one was over Omar or Theo. But he knocked down some really big shots. I thought we defending him around the basket fairly well. A couple of times we defended him as post ups. We defended the paint fairly well, but we didn't defend those perimeter shots very well."

On Brandon Roy coming through for his team: "I thought he had a huge year. I thought he took his team over the hump tonight. I thought Brandon Roy took his team, and put them on his back tonight. And he was phenomenal. And I told our guys after the game. We have to give him credit to Brandon Roy--we were defending him pretty hard, and he hit some tough shots against us over the top, against the clock. Those were huge shots--just huge shots. Those are tough shots to stomach, but we have to give him credit for that. He earned it. He knocked some tough shots down."

On doubling Brandon Roy: "We were digging, we were helping on him. We took away some easy basket, and he got one or two drives. He didn't score a lot. He stepped back, and got fouls from people. He does a good job of finding people on his team."

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