Washington State 78, (#10) Washington 71
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"Well you have to give the Cougars an awful lot of credit. What it came down to is they were a tougher, mentally tougher, team than we were tonight. We got down and they stayed the course. They didn't get rattled, they just kept coming."
On the Cougars taking the lead:
"I thought that we got away from what brought us our lead and we began to force shots and we let them get going a couple of times. We didn't close out on their shooters quick enough and they hit a couple, now they're in a rhythm. It was a lack of defensive intensity as well as bad shot selection basically. That's a bad combination."
On choosing whom to put in the game:
"Just looking for guys that were going to go in and play really hard."
On Bobby Jones:
"Well I think what Bobby did tonight, he would have to correct me if I'm wrong, he thought `I have to break out of this. Everybody thinks something is wrong and I have to break out of this.' Bobby tried to break of it by making plays offensively. The way he played in the second half is how you break out of it. He got after it and that was the Bobby Jones that is really special, when he's playing that way. He figured it out in the second half and that's when he started to play great basketball. I think he was just trying to figure out how to get back, I thought he was pressing. Once he just got lost in the game and said, `I'm going to play hard,' I think things started to happen for him, and more importantly for us."
On Brandon Roy:
"As teams have stepped up and spotted us and began to guard us better, Brandon was the guy who you all asked, `When is Brandon going to start picking it up?' So he's picking it up for us, Brandon's averaging 30 points a game in conference play, three games. When that happens, that's a little different than we've played in the past. We've played with five guys in double figures. He has shown, he's shooting a high percentage, he's getting the shots, he's knocking the shots down for us, that's been the difference."
On running plays for Roy:
"I think Brandon's elevating his game. We are probably running more things for him. You know, last year we ran things for Nate Robinson, we'd run things for Brandon, we ran things for Will Conroy, Tre Simmons, we ran different things, but this year Brandon and Jamaal (Williams) as the second option seem to be the guys who you can really count on to put the ball in the basket."
On dealing with Washington State's defense:
"Well they were double teaming on the post and that was something we worked on the past two days and I don't think we handled that very well tonight. We talked about getting the ball out and getting the ball started but we didn't do a very good job of that I don't think. And again, I give them credit they did a very good job defensively. I thought they did a very good job defensively."
On if the Huskies overlooked this game:
"No, maybe caught up in the rankings, but I don't think we looked past the Cougars, I don't think we looked past them at all."
On playing reserves:
"We were losing momentum. We had to get guys out there that just wanted to play hard, intense basketball and we were looking for those combinations and the guys came in and were starting to come back."
On Brandon Burmeister:
"He played hard, he got a couple shots for us, he did a nice job."