Washington 99, Gonzaga 95
Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, December 4, 2005
WASHINGTON COACH Lorenzo Romar
On Adam Morrison:
"If I could just help all of you out, and help you understand something you might not understand, Adam Morrison is really good. That is a phenomenal performance, probably the best, no question the best performance of anyone I have been sitting on the other bench, as an assistant or a head coach. We contested him all night, and he hit great shots. As crazy as it sounds, I think our guys guarded him pretty good. The tougher the defense was, the higher level he played."
"I couldn't be more proud of our guys. Our guys played a tough brand of basketball. That was as high a level of basketball game as you are going to get, in college. I thought our guys responded. A couple of people asked me, `what about your freshmen in a game like this, Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon.' But my comment was, it seems like the bigger the game, the bigger they play. Justin Dentmon stepped up big time there in the second half. Jamaal Williams got us going, we felt that we could go inside against them and be effective. I thought, early on, we did a pretty good job of doing that. That is a very good basketball team, but we were able to get it done, I'm very proud of our guys."
On His Technical Foul:
"That was a big, pivotal time in the game, obviously. But prior to that was the play, and I have to watch what I say because I haven't seen the tape, but from where I was standing, I thought Adam Morrison just grabbed us. To the point where he came over and said, `coach, I wasn't trying to be dirty, I wasn't trying to be dirty.' He just grabbed a guy, but it wasn't called and I was probably more upset at that, that that wasn't called. Now you have Brandon Roy, our leading scorer trying to get going, now he has picked up his fourth foul, that we thought was a charging call. But, as I tell officials, a lot of times I go back and look at the tape and I'm wrong. They usually do a pretty good job, and when the dust settles and the emotions clear, but I can't wait to go and watch the tape on that one."
GONZAGA COACH MARK FEW
"We battled through a lot of adversity, and Washington hit a lot of big shots. I am proud of my guys, they got us back in it, with the hodgepodge lineup out there, and we battled, we just didn't come up with enough plays at the end, but Washington hit some big shots, and made some big plays down the stretch.
ON Derek Raivio:
"He just couldn't play. We x-rayed his back, and his lower body was tightening up, and basically he couldn't push off. He tried to warm up in the second half, but he just couldn't go. I don't know what medically is wrong with him."
On the atmosphere difference from two years ago:
"It is pretty obvious. There are a lot more people, and it is a lot more louder."
On playing tough throughout:
"I thought our guys showed character. They stepped up, and hit some big shots--we got some good looks. We had two freshmen on the floor for a long period of time. We had some JC guys. I am proud of how the guys handled it."
On the last play:
"We were looking for an isolation out there. We took too tough of a shot. We should have been patient out there, but Adam makes tough shots all the time, so if the ball is in his hands--that is where we want the ball to be. He was making his shots earlier, so it was pretty much his call. But no, we were not looking for a three."
On the fouls:
"The foul trouble was what we were trying to solve. We got very deep into our bench, and they were out there for quite some time. We were trying to keep those guys out there as long as possible. We did a poor job communicating, and that just goes with experience. Sometimes we had three guys in their defense, and two guys in another. We got a freshman point guard, and some inexperienced. We will solve that though."