Oregon State 80, Washington 72
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
February 20, 2003
WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"This was a weird game for us. I don't know how to explain it. We couldn't overcome ourselves. When we break down the tape of this game we will see we made more mental mistakes than we have in the preseason. It definitely cost us."
On this game being a must-win game
"It was as far as what we wanted to get accomplished. It is going to be tough to finish seventh and the stakes are higher. There is not much margin for error."
On Oregon State tonight
"They are a veteran team and I give them credit for not panicking. We had opportunities early that we didn't capitalize on. It got us going in the wrong direction."
On how Washington is going to prepare for Oregon
"We will prepare nothing differently. We understand they are a very good club. It is probably going to be a different game. The excuse is us and we have to be ready to go."
On if the team can differentiate between the different losses
"Any loss stays with me until we win again. It hurts to lost when we didn't play right. If we know we played well, that is all we can ask. When we make as many mental errors as we did, we have to look hard at what we are doing. Tonight was not a physical situation, but a mental situation."
OREGON STATE COACH JAY JOHN
"It's definitely satisfying, to go on the road and win. Our guys did a great job in the interior. Lorenzo (Romar's) coached them well. (Washington's) so aggressive, they battled and hustled the whole time so you never feel like the game is over until the last couple seconds. We obviously shot the ball extremely well. We got to the free throw line and shot free throws well and any time you go on the road and get a good field goal percentage obviously you give yourself a chance to win."
On Shot Selection
"I told the guys at half that we could win this game and not shoot one three. Let's get the ball inside, I want to see a shot chart in the paint"
On Practice Effort
"What was most important and impressive about this win was we came to practice Monday and we talked about the things we needed to do to reestablish our identity. We had to have a better offensive pace and we had to commit to that. We got back to practicing hard and back to who we needed to be to be successful. We got a real strong commitment to playing each possession as hard as possible."
"Nate Robinson creates a lot of problems because he never seems to get tired. He was able to take us out of our offense at times. We got to a point where we said whomever Nate's guarding, the other person would play point guard. His combination of quickness and strength and he can get under guys and create a lot of problems. That and I thought Will Conroy played exceptionally well today. He hurt us on penetration and those 5-foot floater shots. It's hard to guard that."