Washington 104, Eastern Washington 91
Bank of America Arena / Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 29, 2003
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"That was a fun game, because it was a team win. When you have a team win, everyone feels really good about it. Eastern Washington is a very good basketball team and their coaching staff does a great job. They are consistent in the way they play and for us to come out with the victory the way we did was really good for us. They were very physical, but I think that our guys were physical. When you look that we went to the line 46 times, that shows that we were really aggressive and you don't do that if you're not aggressive. I also thought that our guys did a great job maintaining their composure, while playing physical without losing it. We told our guys to continue to work hard and sooner or later we were going to have six or eight points and break through, while we continued to defend. You can always look at our team and we're as always good as we are as we defend. They had a good offense and had a lot of back-cuts on us, but down the stretch we did a better job of guarding them. I think that coincided when Tre (Simmons) got going, and it gave us an emotional lift, and able us to separate ourselves from them."
On Tre Simmons having a big game:
"It was good to see Tre Simmons step up and have a big game. We anticipated something like this happening when he was out with the flu, and he was dead tired we played him a couple of games to get his rhythm back a little and then last game played him a little more. We were thinking all along that this was the game that we were going to need him. We didn't want to not play him for two games and have this game be the one where he tries to come back, so it worked out for Tre. He did a great job, him and Brandon (Roy), scoring."
On Bobby Jones playing consistent:
"If you look at both of those guys with 19 (points) you might say that they were the stars of the game, but I go back to Mr. Reliable Bobby Jones. He had 14 points; eight rebounds and did another good job in his role. It was a team effort though, no doubt about it."
On matching up with EWU's Alvin Snow:
"Last time we played him we were a little bit of a different team. This is a different team than Alvin Snow faced last year. We also put a bigger player on him the majority of the game and he was 1-for-7 from three and 6-for-18. We knew that he's a gamer and that we had to defend him, if we had a chance to beat Eastern Washington. I think that our guys stepped up and did a pretty good job of that."
On EWU's Marc Axton:
"Marc Axton is a heck of a player and he's a really, really good basketball player."
On being a different team than last season:
"This is a team issue and something that we have strived for ever since we've been together, but this is more of a team. We can still get better that way. We also have players this year that can make plays. When I say make plays, I don't just mean score or make a pass, but make whatever the appropriate play is. I think when Tre penetrated in the middle and then out of nowhere finds Bobby Jones underneath the basket, that's just making a great play. I think it helps that we have more depth this year."
EASTERN WASHINGTON HEAD COACH RAY GIACOLETTI
On the game:
"Our effort was fine, but we have got to get back to playing defense and guarding people. Granted, they are athletic as any team we will play this year. We weren't going to get out and pressure people tonight. We were going to try to contain people and keep people in front of us. We just weren't able to do that and they broke us down several times and they broke our back those last four minutes."
On if fatigue was a factor down the stretch:
"We probably could have done a better job getting some people some breaks earlier in the game. But I thought 12, our zone, was effective at times, but we don't rebound well out of it. That is why we had to get out of it. We would have loved to play more possessions of it. Give credit to Washington they do a great job of crashing the glass and putting constant pressure on you for 40 minutes."
On Washington's pressure:
"When people get out and pressure you, like against Oklahoma, our motion has good spacing. If we don't succumb and fight the pressure, we usually end up getting a good look out of it. Two or three different times though, we got ourselves in a position where we would take a crazy shot, where there was no need for succumbing to the pressure. That is where you just have to be mentally tough. We can't settle for some fall-away or a jumper. We are going to get what we call a 'get,' something going back to the middle of the floor. Our guy's effort was great, but we are not going to win games giving up 104 points."