Dec. 16, 2006
Bank of America Arena, Dec. 16, 2006
Portland State vs. Washington
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "We felt that we have made progress and we kind of had our fingers crossed that we were going to come out and play well tonight. We have been wanting to see if we could string together 40 minutes of the Husky basketball that we know we can play. Our defensive effort has been there all year and I thought that was the catalyst for everything else that we did tonight."
On turnaround after Gonzaga loss: "It is hard to say that there is just one thing that we turned around, because we have another game against a very worthy opponent on Wednesday. Every game with this team you hope that you are going to get better. With every game and every practice we learn a little bit more about what is going to be comfortable for us. We are not near where we need to be, but this week we have made progress. There is one thing that I was right about with my predictions before the season started and that was that I thought that we were going to be an up and down team. What has happened is that we haven't played the greatest basketball at times. It is very refreshing to see that our guys did get a little bit better tonight."
On important team traits: "Intensity and focus are the most important things. Our guys were out of position a lot, especially when they rotated the ball, our guys moved to the right areas. Offensively our guys shared the ball, but we did start off with too many turnovers. In the long stretch we cleaned things up and got the ball inside and did more of things that we have been practicing to do."
On Spencer Hawes: "Early on Spencer (Hawes) hadn't practiced with us for five weeks, but it just took our guys a little while to get used to getting the ball inside to him. Tonight he still played well, but he was like Brandon Roy last year when everyone would ask what was wrong with him when he didn't score over 20 points. There is nothing wrong, it's just that everyone else was getting open for shots. I thought that we moved the ball around well."
On level of play: "If we can play this level of defense than we are going to have a very successful season. That is not the issue. It is just a matter of if we can string multiple games together."
On Justin Dentmon: "Justin (Dentmon) gets lost in the game. When he does that, not only is it good for him but it is good for our team. He just is playing good basketball and trying to do whatever it takes to win. He does it all at a high level, rarely in his two years has he played well and we didn't win."