Jan. 4, 2007
Bank of America Arena, Jan. 4, 2007
Arizona vs. Washington
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "We talked before the game about Arizona's ability to put five guys on the floor that can all pass and shoot and I thought we saw a great example of that tonight. Obviously, they are a very good basketball team. We had 22 assists, 11 turnovers and we shoot 53 percent from the field, you feel like you should have a chance to win that game. We had a chance, but we just couldn't get stops on the other end of the floor and they just shot the lights out. You could probably blame me for staying in the zone. I didn't think that we were doing a very good job in the man defense, so I switched to the zone and they began to hit. We didn't think that they would continue to keep hitting, but they did. We took a gamble and lost it. That is what we went with, but pretty much everything came from the outside. Down the stretch we contested a lot of their shots, but they were in their rhythm."
On playing times: "Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes have been playing at such a high level that it is difficult to get those guys out of the game. Obviously Quincy Pondexter and Phil Nelson played well. There just wasn't a whole lot of minutes to go around."
On Arizona's high shooting percentage: "We played a part in it too. There were some times where they did a good job of moving the ball. The thing about that is that in a zone you don't have any margin for error because they have five guys out there that can all make plays. There were times when maybe we weren't convinced that they were a good shooting team. We didn't come out as aggressive as we needed too. Regardless, when a team goes out and shoots 76 percent in the second half, mostly from the perimeter, they just did a good job."
On line-up changes: "We felt that we hadn't had a very good start in the past couple of days and we wanted to get off to a good start. Phil Nelson has been doing a good job for us. The thing about Ryan (Appleby) is that he understands what we want more than anybody else out there, so we gave him an opportunity."
On what he told the team after the loss: "We told them that they can't dwell on being 0-3. We have a long way to go and we have to take on one game at a time. That is how you get yourself out of a hole."
ARIZONA HEAD COACH LUTE OLSON
On Washington: "The interesting thing is that the thing that we were probably the most concerned about was that inside game with Hawes and Brockman, and they both played well but Quincy Pondexter just shot the lights out. With Appleby, I think our guys did what they knew that they had to do - that every shot he took would be taken over pressure. I thought we did a good job locating him. Pondexter is a great shooter and a great athlete and that Nelson kid just shoots the lights out. I'm sure they are going to continue to get better."
On playing in a tough environment: "I think that the non-conference schedule that we played helped us because we were in some tough places to play. I thought we kept our poise and definitely took the shots when we needed to hit them."
On hot shooting: Well if you look at the stats - in the second half we shot 76% from the field, 60% from three, and 83.3% from the free-throw line. We had only missed one free throw until Chase hit that last one. But we still have to figure out a way to stop people."
On Quincy Pondexter: "Well he played a great game. Afterwards I told Quincy `I thought you were trying to beat us by yourself.' He played very well, and that is the reason that we were very interested in him."