Jan. 21, 2006
Washington vs. Oregon Ducks
Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash., January 21, 2006
WASHINGTON COACH Lorenzo Romar:
GENERAL REMARKS: "Well I think that was a big win for us. Obviously it gave us another win in the standings, but it was a big win as far as I am concerned because of the way we went about our business. I thought we did a good job. If you look at it, turnovers were minimized. We held them below 40 percent. We out rebounded them by around 16. We shot 50 percent. I thought we played about as solid as a game we have played in a while. Our seniors really stepped up tonight. They did a very good job, and they led the way for us. They were focused from the beginning, and they did a nice job."
ON THE UPCOMING ROAD GAMES: "At this point we are at the top. But it changes. Five of our next seven are on the road. So that was another reason why this was such a big game. You want to try and hold firm. We stubbed our toe a couple of times early. We couldn't afford to let that happen this weekend, and it didn't. Sigh of relief that it didn't happen. So maybe we can have a little bit of momentum going in to this road trip."
ON Jamaal Williams "He had a good game against them here last year. He got his first couple of shots to drop, and his confidence was at a high level. He just went out and played. He was confident enough to hit two or three jumpers, which helped us tonight as well."
ON THE DEPTH OF THE TEAM: "It is a luxury to know that you can go to your bench and have Mike and Hans Gasser that come off and give you solid minutes, and those guy have been providing that. Even Bobby Jones, if he has to go inside, he will provide solid minutes. The depth with our inside guys, we think they do a great job for us."
ON LEADERSHIP: "I don't know if they were laid back. You know how it is when you are a leader, when things go great, and when they don't, you are a leader, and you have to find a way to change it. Our guys can go out, and stink the place up, and the leadership looks good. When we are loosing the leadership does not look good. We might be playing great, but we just are not getting it done. I don't know if that is necessary saying that our seniors are not getting it done, and laid back. It was just tonight, they were really focused, and got at them."
ON Brandon Roy's DEFENSE: "Brandon Roy is our best on the ball defender. Aaron Brooks is quick to get into the paint, and penetrating. He such a key to their team. We put our best defender on him around the perimeter."
ON Jamaal Williams SHUTTING DOWN HAIRSTON: "Jamaal Williams did a great job. He was playing a guy that plays around the perimeter. That is usually what he doesn't do for us. He usually plays more of the inside guys. He went out to the perimeter. Hairston played 33 minutes, and Jamaal played 28 minutes, so I would gather that when Jamaal was in, he was on Malik. Malik is having a fantastic year. It was refreshing to see Jamaal to go out there, and take ownership of that matchup."
OREGON HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT
GENERAL COMMENTS: "One of our main goals coming in was to stop that initial run that they put on a lot of teams in this building. I think we did a good job of that, especially in the first five or six minutes of the game, and we really had it where we wanted it. It was a possession game until about the seven or eight minute mark, where they went on about a 12-point spurt there. At half time we had seven point blank lay-ups that didn't go down for whatever reason. Didn't bump, didn't finish the play, for whatever reason in a game like this you need those to go down. In the second half they got away from us a little bit. But when we went to the press, I thought we did a great job of bringing the game back. We were right there, we had a chance to cut it to nine on Bryce Taylor's two missed free throws and put a little more pressure on them in terms of being at home and letting the game get that close. But they did a nice job of closing out the game and extending the lead. They were good defensively in the game, but they were really good offensively. Those three seniors really play good basketball."
ON REBOUNDING: "It was disappointing rebounding wise because we worked on it so much. We watched them on tape rebound the ball so well, and I thought they had too many second shots. Some of those second shots led to some fouls and some points."
ON WASHINGTON'S SECOND CHANCE POINTS: "Offensive rebounding by them was really good. And again, when you play a team like that, that is that aggressive on the boards it is going to hurt you. We did some good things defensively and got our stops, but those second chance points and the missed point-blank lay-ups hurt us and let them go on that 12 point spurt with seven or eight minutes to go."
ON COLD SHOOTING FROM HAIRSTON AND BROOKS: "Malik had some, and Aaron had some too. We aren't going to win many games with Malik going 6 for 18 and Aaron going 2 for 12. I thought we had some great looks at it, obviously point blank at the basket is a great opportunity."