Nov. 14, 2006
Bank of America Arena, Nov. 13, 2006
Northern Iowa vs. Washington
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "In our third game I don't think that we could have asked for a better game. That is a good team that we played tonight both offensively and defensively. They have two or three starters from NCAA tournament teams, so they know how to compete and win games. This was a great opportunity for us to step up and see what we were made of. It was one of those games where it's like the water is cold and they pushed us right in. We had to learn how to survive right there, we had to learn how to swim. They came out and they were the more aggressive team early, but we gained our composure and we became aggressive. Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby stepped up big time. Spencer Hawes came through in the second half and did a nice job on the block for us. That block helped us win the game, but it was definitely a team effort and we got it done. I am proud of our guys."
On Spencer Hawes: "I have been saying all along that it's not automatic all of the sudden that we will reach the Final Four just because Spencer is here because he's only a freshman. It takes time and not only is he a freshman, but remember now he has only practiced three days so far this season. This was his first real challenge and he adjusted to it. He had to make some adjustments at first, but I think that he did that."
On scouting Northern Iowa's big men: "Their big guys are seniors and they're tough, that's a pretty good combination. Stout is really skilled and Coleman is really good around the basket. We were a little concerned about those two guys and they kind of had their way with us in the first half. We did a nice job in the second half covering them and staying out of foul trouble."
On Justin Dentmon: "He deserves the MVP. He let the game come to him and he only had two turnovers tonight. He just did a good job of controlling the tempo and he played well out there for us."
On defending the post: "I thought that our guys did a nice job of controlling the tempo of the game out there. It was different because our guys usually try to front the post and they don't get to see that look very often. I think that once we became accustomed to playing behind them our guys just started going at it. Our guys did a nice job."
On team improvement: "We have a chance to be successful if we do things right and improve throughout the next few months because we're not there yet. Some teams you don't have a chance to get there, but this team has a chance."
Northern Iowa Head Coach Rich Glas
On Grant Stout and Eric Coleman:"Grant and Eric have been in these games before, so we knew what we were doing with the basketball. With all due respect to Brockman and Hawes, we have been in this situation before. Grant and Eric have been there, and they have proven that they can play against good players. So it is not at all a knock on those guys, but we have confidence in Grant and Eric."
On what he said to his team after the game:"I told them I was proud of them, and that we need to learn from this and get better. We felt like, as we do every night, that we were going to have the chance to win the basketball game when we walked out there from the start tonight, and we did. Everyone in the locker room thought we had a chance, but everyone outside the locker room didn't think it was going to be a close game. We have a new team, with freshman playing, and we did believe we had a chance, and it was evident the first 5-6 minutes, and our guys believed we were going to be in the game until the end, and we believed we were going to win the basketball game and that is a credit to our guys. We knew it was going to be loud. We knew Washington was very good; they are very well coached. But we expect when we walk on the floor to win the basketball game."
On Spencer Hawes:"He is really good. If it wasn't the hook shot, it was the turnaround. And if wasn't the left hand, it was the right hand. He has a soft touch on it, and I was just waiting for one or two to miss, and he finally missed one, and we were still in the position to take the lead again. He is really good, as advertised. They just play so hard. Him and Brockman play hard, but the team--it is an identity of their basketball team. The credit goes to their coaching staff too. They just play hard. But him as an individual, he is a very good player."
Other UW stand-outs:"Justin had a nice game. He hit a couple of big shots. He made his free-throws down the stretch. He defended our point-guard--made him work the entire night. I thought those three guys stood out the most. But I am most impressed with their basketball team. They play hard, and they play with a lot of energy. They don't talk to the officials. They are just out there to play hard. And it was a fun game to play."
On Brockman's foul trouble:"We were going to go inside to Eric and Grant, and if Brockman happened to be guarding one of them, they knew what to do. They have been there before, and Brockman got some early fouls, and we thought that was going to work for our advantage, and it did. We were able to get some good things done."