Nov. 14, 2009
2009 Athletes in Action Classic
Nov. 13-15 * Bank of America Arena * Seattle, Wash.
Game 4: Washington-Belmont Post-Game Quotes
Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar
"Progress today. 11 assists on 22 baskets last night, and 32 baskets with 17 assists for us, and 10 turnovers. We're making progress. We made progress on the boards tonight, a number of people were attacking the glass. We had an effort to outrebound them. Obviously there were big holes in our defense, and some of that was my fault. On the ball screen we tried to do something in the second half that we hadn't practiced--we tried to make an adjustment that we hadn't practiced and we weren't able to do that and they burned us a few times on that. Aside from that, tonight we made some progress."
"Usually with Matt, if something goes well early, the rest of the game usually goes pretty well for him. What Matt has to do is if it doesn't go well early, continue to play and wait for that opportunity for things to go his way. And I think early on Isaiah dropped him a nice pass, and that got him going. With Matt, you can just tell, he's not rushing, he's in a rhythm, he's confident, you can just see it in his body language, things are going to work out. And you can it in his body language if things aren't going to go well a lot of times."
"The only reason Clarence didn't play the first game is, number one, we have a lot of bodies. Two, Clarence is learning our system, and sometimes until you're ready to go in there mentally, being in the right place and the right time, you're not ready to go in there. But tonight, as we looked on the floor, we knew we weren't rebounding well enough, we know Clarence is going to make something happen one way or another. He plays with energy, and he produces. So we decided to give him an opportunity to go in there and he did a good job."
Husky Forward Quincy Pondexter
"I think we got [the jitters] out of our systems and we've had to move forward." "When you get the ball from your great guards and your teammates so close to the basket, it makes the game so much easier. They did a great job of finding me today and they made the game so much easier for me today."
"Getting points in the paint makes the game so much easier and I think that is what our team was concerned about doing today."
"He's been working his tail off in the weight room, in the gym to get better and help fill Jon Brockman's shoes and not have it be one of those things that people look at as a weakness of our team. He's a tremendous talent and I think one of the best big men in the Pac-10. I think he will have the opportunity to prove that this year."
Husky guard Isaiah Thomas
"It was great. Like I told you guys yesterday, it's a new day today and somebody's day to do a little bit of work. Quincy and Matt did a good job of coming in, getting on the boards and scoring points. Tomorrow, it might be somebody else's day."
"By us doing our job, it's going to make the middle, the paint, open up for him. Especially if our guards do a great job of penetrating or things like that."
Belmont Coach Rick Byrd
"Well first of all, we're a very young basketball team that plays in the Atlantic Sun playing a really, really good team in the Pac-10, a team that's picked to be a top fifteen team in the country. Although when it got to 34-34 I was hoping for better than it ended up, but I saw a lot of good things out of our team. I just think that Washington's a really, really good team that presents an awful lot problems for anybody at any level, but particularly a team like us."
"The big kid [Amaning], he had an outstanding game. He made shots that we felt like we had to make him make--over us from eight feet, half hooks and that kind of stuff. But, you know, pick you poison. I mean, what are you going to do when all of a sudden Thomas is a daggone three-point shooter when he's shooting 30% for his career. And when he can do that, how the hay do you keep him from driving because he may be as hard to guard, driving the basketball, as I've ever seen. They've got great parts to their team. Pondexter is awfully good all over the floor, and when the big kid [Amaning] played like he did tonight, and then you've got Isaiah Thomas out there, then you're an awfully good basketball team."