Dec. 31, 2009
"Boy Oregon State is tough to play against. They do a great job of not letting you get away from them. I told our guys its hard to make them go away the way that they play. But give a lot of guys a lot of credit. We made probably too many mental mistakes tonight, but I thought in the first half, once we got going, our defense of pressure was very good. That allowed us to get out in front that way. We did a better job rebounding tonight. We had some slippage in the last few games, but we did a better job. Scott Suggs was not in uniform. He's back in his dorm watching the game. He was up all night nauseas. He is going to be fine. He got some fluids in him, but our medical people thought it if best if he just stayed in and rest, but he'll be back at practice tomorrow. Not sure if it was food poising or something of that nature, but he'll be back ready to go."
On winning tonight:
"Those conference wins are hard to come back and for us to get one against a pesky Oregon State team is just great to get that done and get it behind us."
On Isaiah's hurt ankle:
"Functional, he gave us a big lift in the first half with those three pointers. Isaiah get's nicked up in practice so many times, in about 20 seconds he comes back and played through it. He's a pretty tough guy, a pretty tough kid. Things like that that occur with him, you just got a lot of confidence. He's going to be a hardballer and get back in there like he did tonight."
On Venoy's role:
"I don't know how much he likes it, but I think he takes pride in it. I think when he is in that role, I think he takes the high road on it to tell you the truth. Well, this is not the ideal, but I'm going to make the best of it. He has made the best of it."
Washington Guard Quincy Pondexter
On feeling relief from the win:
"[I'm] definitely relieved. Any time you get a win in the Pac-10 it's obviously a positive, no matter who you're playing. I think that Oregon State is a good team and they present a lot of matchup problems with us because of how they play in that zone and the talented players they have in Shaftenaar, Calvin Haynes and the Tarvers. They played a really good game. They're very composed and there are a lot of veterans on that team. It's really hard to beat a team like that."
On the 1-3-1 zone and the Beavers' improvement from last year:
"When you have a new coach, it's tough to really grasp his concepts in a year. They have a year under their belt with Coach Robinson and now they are doing really well in it, as well as their offense. Their offense is really good. They have some exceptional players on their team."
On Overton's defensive effort:
"[He's] Amazing. He changes the game with his defensive presence and all that he does on that end of the floor. He's a great defender. It really helps the rest of us when he's working so hard at the top. That second half, they were a little scared and timid of him and so they took care of the ball a little bit better, but he's still a great defensive player for us."
On the spark from Thomas in the first half:
"He's been kind of creeping around injured the last couple days, so for him to come out and hit some shots I was like man, where've you been at? It was good for him to come out and provide a little of energy, a little scoring. It's something that he has to do for this team. I know other games he'll be looking to set us up more but we need him to score on this team and he did a great job tonight. He shot efficiently and played real well."
Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson
"If we want to be the team that we obviously want to be, which is winning championships and competing with the top teams in this league then you have to make plays and finish games like this. I thought that we played good basketball for stretches, but a game like this is about making plays when you have to make plays. It matters even more when you are on the road."
"I thought we gave it up with unforced turnovers. This is a great team, they are a ranked team, they are defending champions, and you can't have careless turnovers against a team like this."
"I think when we sat back at halftime and started pointing out the things we were doing correctly the guys started to realize that we can just keep doing these things and we can be successful. I think that was our teams confidence building and I think that it is what you saw in the second half. I think these guys need to realize that they can win games like this and that is what you saw in the second half."
On Venoy Overton:
"I told him that he [Overton] reminded me more of a Chicago guard. He just plays so physical and so tough. He uses his hands and his feet so well. He plays a subordinate role, but that kid might be the key to that team. Just from a defensive standpoint he was the reason they turned it around in the first half."