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Release: 01/08/2004
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USC 88, Washington 80
January 8, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.



On the turnovers:
"They did a good job of extending out their zone. They have good quickness out on the perimeter and this was the first time we faced something like that. We got out on the floor tonight and were not able to execute. It seems like our guys have been trying to pass the ball, but tonight was a game where we needed to drive more."

On the loss being a home loss:
"I'd be lying if I told you we were not disappointed. At home, you have to protect your home court and we did not do that tonight. It could hit us real hard. We will see what we are all about. If we have any substance I think we can come back from this. I think we do have substance."

On only a day and a half of preparation after missing practice because of the snowstorm:
"We still will have the same amount of time to prepare for UCLA. You can look at me. I didn't prepare our team well enough for them to go out there and do a good job tonight."

On Hakeem Rollins' lack of playing time:
"We tried to attack the middle of their zone, and we wanted to go with guys who have been having more success at that."

On the passing:
"That was the difference in the game. The inability of our being able to take care of the ball and pass was the difference tonight."


On the victory:
"Guys stepped up for us and played defense when we needed to, rebounded the basketball when we needed to. How much better do you want the win to be? We played a very good basketball team tonight. The crowd got in the game, they got back in the basketball game. This is a road win. This is something we didn't do last year here. So I'm pleased with the win tense or not tense. It's a great win for us on the road."

On Washington:
"I didn't think they shot the ball well in the first half and I think that was the difference. They shot it much better the second half, they were relaxed, they moved the basketball and they caused some problems for us. They're a good basketball team. Bobby Jones didn't really have his usual game, we tried to focus on him a little more because he beat us here last year and he played well down in L.A. We wanted to come out and not let him get going."

On the Stewart twins' return to Seattle:
"I thought they played very well as freshmen coming back to their home town. I thought they were under control, I thought they were relaxed. They played big games for us, they played a lot of minutes tonight and they played defense. We talked about it coming up here about coming back home. We talked about people would boo them. But I think they stood up strong to it. They were focused. They came out and played well and had a lot of support here tonight. It was a big game for them to come back and play well. They've talked about how they love Seattle so we were fortunate to get them out of Seattle. If Romar had been here when they were in the process of recruiting we probably wouldn't have got them."

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