Jan. 30, 2010
Washington vs. Washington State
January 30, 2010
Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar
"There were so many heroes for us tonight. Justin Holiday defensively was very good, also get's 10 rebounds out there, he battled. I thought Tyreese Breshers and Mathew Bryan-Amaning in the middle did a good job of just being there and playing smart defense down there. Venoy Overton, obviously defensively, but 7 assists and 0 turnovers. That is a great great job. Isaiah got going in the second half and then Quincy gets a double-double again. There were so many contributors tonight. Scott Suggs comes off the bench and gives us a lift. It was a great great team effort, 19 assists and 32 baskets. It just shows we were playing unselfishly on both ends of the floor"
On Justin Holiday's play:
"He just got after it. He just got after it. He wouldn't be denied that way.
On his halftime speech in the locker room:
"It came down to us... we were just out competed in the first half. In a nutshell, that's what we talked about."
On the guys losing their heads:
"We are pretty good that way. Those are the things now that we have to be able to do better when we get on the road. Situations like that, we have to handle those better. It was a competitive game. You're talking about Washington State coming out competing at a high level and then when we got our second wind we are competing as well. A lot of times in sports, people want to make a big deal about of `well a scuffle broke out.' If you're really competing, that is what's going to happen. That is just how it goes in any sport, anywhere you are trying to win the prize, you are not going to go down easy. That's all.
Washington forward Quincy Pondexter
On what he said at halftime:
"I said it was war and that we would have to keep battling and fighting because we could start to see them wearing down. We saw them having weaknesses and we really wanted to come out and expose them in the second half. Our guys came out and played really hard and really well. The rest is history."
On having Brandon Roy in the crowd as motivation:
"I wanted to show him a little something. He's one of my favorite players in the NBA and he's definitely a mentor and great role model to everyone that stays in college for all four years. I model my game a lot after him because he's such a great player."
On whether this was a must-win:
"Especially with the hole that we are in right now, every game is a must-win. We have the ability to have the league come back to us. At the end of the day, we just have to play Husky basketball."
Washington State Coach Ken Bone
"Well, that was a disaster--that second half. I think the Huskies showed who they are on some nights, and they showed us. Those last 20 minutes were pretty frustrating experience, but give U-Dub all the credit, they pretty much put us in our place. I was proud of the fact that our guys came into a hostile environment and played a very good 20 minutes. I was impressed with what our guys were able to do in the first 20. It's just disappointing that we weren't able to sustain it for a few more minutes than 20, but it seemed like once the second half started U-Dub had our number and it was really a tale of two halves."
On what allowed the Huskies to go on the run in the 2nd half
"I think the same thing that allowed them to have similar runs against the last three opponents that came here--Cal, Stanford, and Seattle U. First of all, it's a great environment for the home team, and second of all they're a very good team. They have some big time talent, a great coaching staff, and they've got what it takes to be extremely good, and they showed us."
On what caused Klay Thompson's lack of success
"Husky defense. U-Dub played good defense on him, and he has not shot the ball real well for a few games. This isn't his first poor shooting night.
"For one thing I think he's pressing. He knows he's a great shooter, and you run out to the gym right now, he might make 90 out of 100 threes with no one on him. He's a prolific shooter. He's trying as hard as he can to make shots, and I think he's pressing a little bit trying too hard to shoot well. Second of all, teams are aware of him. Even though he hasn't shot it real well, where he's at all times it's hard for him to get looks. We run stuff for him and try to do things to get him the ball because we know what he's capable of doing, but he's having a hard time putting the ball in the basket as of late."