Jan. 19, 2006
Washington vs. Oregon State
Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash., Thursday, January 19, 2006
WASHINGTON COACH Lorenzo Romar:
"That's how it goes when we play Oregon State, from my recollection, with the exception of last years blowout here, the games have gone either that way or we'velost them by double digits. That team has historically been a hard matchup for that reason and you have to give them a lot of credit. I give our guys a lot of credit, I thought our guys were mentally tough tonight, I thought our guys hung in there pretty good. Brandon Burmeister did a phenomenal job of giving us a lift when he came in the game, he gave us great effort, and Hans Gasser did the same thing when he came in. It's good to have guys that will come in the game sometimes when things aren't going well and give you a shot in the arm. I don't think we've shot that poorly all season-maybe the Gonzaga game three years ago where we missed 22 straight shots - it wasn't as bad as that but I don't remember the last time we shot this poorly. Psychologically when you're not making shots, when you're missing layups and open shots, it wears on you to where you don't give the right effort defensively but that wasn't the case tonight. Our guys forced 28 turnovers and fought through to the end so I'm glad we got the victory."
ON TEAM FOCUS:
"They were really focused this week in practice, probably as focused as we've been. They were focused last week, but this week we were really focused and I think that focus carried over into the game tonight. "
ON TOUGH SHOOTING NIGHT:
"It had something to do with them, they're a big team. Even Marcell Jones is a small forward and he's a good solid 6' 7'' and he plays bigger than that. They rotate those bigs in there and they're pretty big. I think it caused us to rush shots early in there around the rim and we didn't knock them down. It was tough I think while Jeffers was there, from a stand still position- a guy 6-11 with long arms -it's a little tougher situation."
Well we had fifteen and I would say probably three or four of those were just trying to force it into the post. This is something we've been trying to resolve here against defensive teams that pack it in. That ball has to change sides more than once and sometimes we try to stuff it in there before we've moved the defense. Consequently, turnovers occur."
ON APPLEBY'S IMPROVEMENT: "With Ryan, I think one thing we forget is that he didn't play a lot his freshman year at Florida and he redshirted last year. I've always had the theory that transfers take until the second half of conference to really play the way that they are capable of. Maybe that is what we are starting to see now, maybe he's just shedding some of the rust."