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Washington 83, Arizona 78
Release: 02/28/2009
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Feb. 28, 2009

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Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"Another team effort by our guys. The crowd, you talk about a sixth man, our crowd was unbelievable today and just helped will us to a victory. I thought we came out a little sluggish in the first half. In the second half we got down, but yet as this team has done many times, continued to persevere and continued to work together and we were able to pull it out. Jon Brockman was big but nothing was bigger than his free throws down the stretch in that game. Lot of heroes in this game."

"It wouldn't take much to have an improvement from the last time - when they scored 69 in the second half. But we did a better job. I thought we were able to contain Nic Wise. We thought Chase Budinger is an NBA basketball player. Jordan Hill is an NBA basketball player. I think Nic Wise can be an NBA player as well. There's no doubt we think he's the key to their team. I thought we did a good job on him because he's had his way with us in the past."

Washington Senior Forward Jon Brockman
"I knew (Jordan Hill) was going to be back (following his injury). He's a warrior, a competitor. I figured not much is going to keep him out. When I found out it was his ankle I knew he would be right back out there on the court as soon as he could. That dude's a beast. He's a big time player. Give him all the respect, he had a great game tonight."

"The biggest thing I took away from that was that he pulled on our jerseys. (Coach Romar, during a timeout) said (to Brockman and Dentmon), `I believe in you guys. I know you guys can do this.' We got in a little huddle after he said that and just said we've come way to far being the captains of this team to let it slip out of our hands like this. That kind of changed things around."

Washington Junior Forward Quincy Pondexter
"It doesn't really matter what happens (in today's Pac-10 games). One of them is going to lose and one of them is going to win. Right now, we're just focusing on moving on and getting better as the season goes on. We've got Seattle U on Tuesday and we're just going to come out and prepare for them."

"We weren't really focusing as much as we should have been on our free throws. It seemed like we were kind of taking for granted how well we've been shooting free throws. Sometimes it's basketball, they just don't go in. We'll make sure we get back to it on Monday. Go in and shoot a lot of free throws."

2/28/09 Post-game quotes from visiting Arizona Arizona 78, Washington 83

Arizona junior Chase Budinger on fouling out in the second half:
"It's awful. It's really tough sitting out at the end of the game because I just wanted to be out there with my teammates."

Budinger on Isaiah Thomas:
"He's a good player. He was able to penetrate into the middle of (our zone) and get the ball to some of the other guys."

Budinger on Arizona's mentality going into Saturday's game:
"It was never a must-win for us. We just wanted to come out and play with more intensity than we played at Washington State. At Washington State, we played on our heels and we just wanted to be aggressive out here and play our game, and that's what we did."

Budinger on the up-tempo style of play on Saturday:
"I think our team is suited for that style of play. Whenever you play Washington, you know that's the kind of game it's going to be. I like playing that style and everybody on this team was recruited to Arizona because that's the style that coach Pennell likes to run."

Budinger on being ahead by 10 points in the second half:
"I knew that Washington was going to push back and fight back and we were trying to put the clamps on the defensive end, but they were able to get to the basket on us down the stretch."

Nick Wise on UW's defense compared to the first outing:
"They tend to pick up a little more full-court at home than they do on the road. Other than that it's the same pressure defense - you know clogging the passing lanes that they did tonight."

Wise on Jordan Hill's injury:
When he got hurt we struggled a little bit, but when he came back, you know, he fought through it. And you saw him limping hard. He wanted to do anything that he could to come back and help us win."

Wise on Venoy Overton being the best on-ball defender in the league:
"He's one of them, you know. I didn't have this much trouble with him at all (last game), so maybe he feeds off the crowd at his home court. He's a great defender though. He's the first person that our coach talked about on defense. He and Dentmon both have quick hands. He said, `Watch it when you have the ball.' He was our main focus in the scouting report."

Arizona Coach Russ Pennell on his team's effort:
"Our effort was a lot better than it was the other night and that's more typical of us. This is a tough place to play and they're Pac-10 champs, so to play them like we did today, I was proud of our team. Right now, I feel as good about our team as I have all year, even though we lost."

Pennell on UW's defense of Nick Wise:
"They made a real conscious effort to take Nick out of his game. They were denying him the ball and getting after him and I thought they guarded him well. But, I think when he got in foul trouble, he backed off a little bit too."

Pennell on Jordan Hill's injury:
"I was told he was done for the day, but then I got a tap on the back and he was looking at me, (as if to say) `Let me back in.' And that just shows what kind of player Jordan is. He's tough and he handles pain pretty good. When he came back in, he was able to hit a couple of big shots for us. I guess that's what happens when you get the ball. It's kind of like medicine, when you get it, you don't feel pain anymore."

Pennell on UW's defense:
"I just think overall, they are a better defensive team. I think two things: The leadership of Isaiah Thomas, even though he's a freshman, he kind of brings a different dimension and I think they've made a full-out commitment on the defensive end. Lorenzo's always had good defensive teams, but I think this year he's got the depth that he can play full-court and wear you down."

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