Washington 83, Oregon 74
February 12, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"We were fortunate enough to win. I continue to repeat this, but I'm extremely proud of our guys. We got down several times by double-digit margins, but stuck together and were able to come back and win. We did that despite not having a good shooting game from the perimeter. Our guys showed a lot of courage tonight. It was a big, big win for us. Our guys deserve a lot of credit. We were fortunate that Luke Jackson got in foul trouble early, but they continued to play well. Multiple players stepped up and had good games for us."
On the comeback:
"We forced them into 26 turnovers. When our defensive pressure and intensity was turned up we started to get inside of their zone and instead of taking it inside they had to settle for outside shots. That allowed us to get out in front."
On the effect of Jay Anderson's intentional foul:
"There were a number of things that happened that changed the momentum. I thought we had a little momentum at the time. The crowd was involved. There were 7,600 people there and they were into it. They have really helped us in our home games."
On Bobby Jones:
"We have not seen that from Bobby Jones in a few games. His energy tonight was unreal. Him and Nate Robinson are our energy guys and the other guys play off of their energy. It was big for us tonight."
On leaving Will Conroy on the bench at the end of the game:
"Will has been a big part of our rhythm when we have come back. Tonight, Curtis Allen wasn't making many shots, but there was just a calm for us with him in there. He is a senior and has been through the war, so we have confidence in him even though he is not a starter. It was not anything that Will did not do. It was a matter of us playing better with Curtis in the game, and we did not want to mess with that momentum."
OREGON HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT
"It's typical of many of the ball games that we've been in, where we have done a terrific job after about 30 minutes in the game and in the last 10 minutes let the game slip away. Washington had a lot to do with that, because they really turned the game around after the intentional foul. Why we would shove him in the back I have no idea, I will have to look at that on film. The momentum really shifted in their favor and they gained 10 points in row. Up until that point in the game I thought that we had them stumbling a little bit with our zone and they missed some shots. Coming down the stretch in the game I don't think we did a good job defensively and obviously way too many turnovers in the game."
On the rivalry between Washington and Oregon:
"These kids know each other from the summer. Aaron (Brooks) and James (Davis) live up here and play with these guys. It's an intense basketball environment we are in. When they come down to us it's intense, but so is any other Pac-10 school. In terms of the rivalry, we have a rivalry with every team we play."
On the pushing after the game:
"I think everyone saw the play at the end. Typically in those situations we don't need to foul anymore and we backed off and basically contain your guy. To go down and get dunked on in that situation when you stop and let the clock run out. I think Coach Romar handled it well with his team. I talked to Nate (Robinson) and told him that he is a tremendous player with way too much class for that. That is where things got heated."