Washington 73, Portland State 65
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 21, 2003
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"We are excited to get a victory. We did not play consistent basketball tonight. We forced them into 28 turnovers which helped our cause. We also did a good job in the zone in the second half. They shot 51 percent in the first half and 32 percent in the second half. At times we had a lineup of long guys who could get their hands up and make shots more difficult. We did not shoot the ball well. We haven't shot the ball well in this and the exhibition games. I applaud our big guys Hakeem (Rollins) and Anthony (Washingtn) especially. Anthony was able to get a lot of touches and just play. He made mistakes, but when you make those mistakes it helps you evaluate what works and what does not. Bobby Jones had a real good game. He was efficient."
On Nate Robinson
"We have seen Nate against the best competition in college basketball. We know he is a hard cover for anyone. When you are that explosive and you depend on that explosiveness and when you have a bad wheel it affects what you can do. Because of his size he has to get away from people. Today he wasn't able to do that as much. In the past I've seen him get around big guys while he was airborne. Tonight he didn't quite have that explosiveness. We have seen Nate do well too many times to be concerned."
The effect of Nate Robinson's health, Tre Simmons' sickness and Will Conroy's foul trouble
"They obviously keyed on Brandon (Roy) tonight. You are talking about three guys that are double-figure scorers there. Our big guys stepped up and that was encouraging."
On losing patience when the other team goes on a run
"That could be our Achilles heel. That is something that we have to overcome. We have to continue to work on that. We cannot be impatient. We have really good guards and they feel that way too. They are confident. We just have to be more selective in these types of situations."
PORTLAND STATE HEAD COACH HEATH SCHROYER
"First off I have to give credit to Coach Romar for doing a great job. All the fans should be very proud to have him as a coach. He does things the right way and when we were battling tonight he switched to the zone and caught us off guard and that is just a credit to him and his coaching staff."
On Washington players
"All their guards are very talented. Curtis Allen did a great job tonight, hitting some threes and Brandon Roy also had some quick moves inside. Bobby Jones is a better shooter than I anticipated and he did a great job all the way around. In their post I thought that Anthony Washington did a nice job in the post."
On playing a Pac-10 school
"Coming up to Seattle tonight and playing a Pac-10 school I thought it was a good test for us. We battled back and tonight was a good message for us that we need to prepare for the rest of the season."