Nov. 15, 2009
Athletes In Action Classic
Sunday, November 15, 2009 * Bank of America Arena * Seattle, Wash.
Game 6: Portland State vs. Washington
Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar quotes
"I was pleased with this performance tonight for a number of reasons. Everyone that went into the game played with a high level of intensity. When the spread was so big, there was not let up in terms our intensity--our guys maintained their focus. When you're up 50 points and there's a loose ball and Scott Suggs dives on the floor, up 50, those are the things I'm really pleased with tonight. Obviously we did some good things but those are things that may suggest that habits are forming--that you play a certain way all the time. That's how you begin to get better."
"Quincy is our captain, and Quincy played with a lot of energy tonight. He was all over the place. He's really playing some outstanding basketball."
"First of all, Phil [Nelson] is a good basketball player. You can't give him an inch. Early on, we missed a couple of assignments, a couple of coverages. You can't do that with Phil Nelson. He's going to burn you. Once we settle down and we were all on the same page, I just thought we were able to do a little better job of containing him. We all know Phil can really shoot it and last year we did a good job guarding him until the last two or three minutes of the game, he hits three or four threes on us. We knew we couldn't let up on him at all, or he'd really get going. So once the game got under control on our end, we did a pretty good job guarding him as a team."
"I thought we had the potential to be a good defensive team, but we were encouraged this year. The rebounding issue we weren't sure of, I'm not saying we're a great rebounding team but we're making progress that way. Right now, we're doing as good of job of taking care of and sharing the ball, probably since we've been here."
Husky Guard Isaiah Thomas
"From the first day, to the second, to the third day we got better overall [in] rebounding, free throws, defense. It was just something to be mentally prepared on because three games in three days is tough for a college team. We got better overall."
"We came out and played defense. It started with Venoy, we got a couple steals and we just played our hearts out."
"[Quincy] started off fast and he kept going. He had a great game."
"Defense. It started with getting deflections, getting rebounds, crashing the boards, everything. That group that was out there at the start the run really started off getting those steals and tip-ins. It started on the defensive end."
Husky Guard Venoy Overton
"I think they were not used to playing with each. They're and up-and-down team too, but tonight, we were just the better team."
"That's real hard. But we set a goal and said that we don't want to lock up and wanted to keep our foot on the pedal. Remember last year, we were up 16 with five minutes left and it was a one point game at the end. We just knew to pound the ball and that would make it easier at the end."
"We know [Justin] is going to play D, but if we get a little offense from him, that's a plus."
Portland State Head Coach Tyler Geving
"We didn't have a very good day. The just killed us on the glass, embarrassed us on the glass. We didn't take care of the ball, gave them easy transition baskets. They won every phase of the game tonight; that's a very good basketball team and they'll have a great season. Coach Romar's got a very good team and they embarrassed us tonight and that's what'll happen if you don't come to play against these guys."
"From the three games we played three very good teams. We did a lot of good things the first two nights and we'll look at those two games and tighten some things up from those first two games. We're not going to see a lot of teams like the Huskies in our league, so we can't get too down and it's only the third game of the season so we've just gotta stick together."