Feb. 11, 2007
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "All my remarks should pretty much be positive at this point. We put together a very good defensive effort tonight. I thought, as a group, we did what we were supposed to do. We turned the ball over too many times in the first half, but, until the last minute or two, we did a good job of taking care of the ball in the second half. It was just great to see our guys go out and compete together as a team at a high level."
On whether this was the team's best defensive effort: "I think so. Just a lot of their shots were contested shots, and a lot of times that is how we try and measure just how many shots are they taking that are contested or uncontested. There have been too many times this year where we have given up far too many uncontested shots. Tonight I thought we did a pretty good job of contesting."
"We thought that tonight we probably had our best defensive performance. That's a team (Stanford) that you've got to make sure you do because, as we saw in the first half with Lawrence Hill, if he gets going and Anthony Goods gets going, then it really opens it up for the Lopez twins inside and you just have all sorts of problems. But our guys did a pretty good job of containing everyone and we really did a good job of being alert and rotating. I thought, in the first half, we got almost every loose ball. Whenever there was what we call a 50-50 ball around, we came up with a lot of those and that was very helpful."
On Brockman's leadership rubbing off: "It catches on after a while. It was just good to see that Jon - again another double-double - and it's awesome how he goes out there and it doesn't seem like it matters who he's playing against, up to this point he goes out and does the same job night in and night out."
On whether this was Spencer's best game since being sick: "I'd have to look back, but yeah, I thought this was pretty close. If somebody all of the sudden is playing and getting healthy, they are probably going to play better. If someone is feeling sick and has a lack of strength where most average people couldn't get out on the floor, he was out there battling the best he could. And now his strength has come back more - he is not at full strength - so consequently, he had a better performance. It's hard in sports to ever make excuses, but I think sometimes you have to point out the facts."