Sunday, November 24, 2002
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"We played against a club that is experienced, had post season play last year and came out on top tonight. I give them credit. Despite the loss, we have made an improvement from our exhibition games. The positive is that we shot 33 percent from the floor. We forced them into 19 turnovers. They can shoot the ball and they did a good job defensively. Now we have to go on the road and play two tough teams. I thought in the second half we played the kind of basketball ball we have been working on playing. Our team will be able to control the tempo as we mature. In the first half I thought we gave a decent effort. I thought our standard and the staple of this program was shown more in the effort during the second half. If we are able to put forth the effort we did in the second half, we will be okay. We just have to become accustomed to doing it all the time."
On the teamwork of Washington
"We were not where we wanted to be in the end, but we played better than in our exhibition games. We did a better job of moving the ball."
On talk between Doug Wrenn and Romar during the game
"It is all part of the process of the team. It is about guys learning what we want from them as a team. It is family business as I call it."
On who Washington looked to score in the last three to four minutes of the game
"We tried to get the ball to Washington (Anthony). As a freshman playing in his first game, I thought he had a good night. I also thought Bobby Jones did a good job down the stretch."
On Washington's starting lineup today
"I thought our lineup tonight was quick and defensively, allowed us to guard different positions. I thought the lineup went will with Montana State's size. We were still bigger than them, but still just as quick."
MONTANA STATE HEAD COACH MICK DURHAM
"I thought the second half we rebounded much better, especially when we went down by seven we just gave them one shot. "We were down, but we kept battling and that put pressure on the home team when we didn't go away. Neither team got much going offensively. I thought free throws also had a huge part to do with it, because we shot thirty and they only shot nine."
On the Washington basketball team
"Right now, we knew from their two exhibition games that they're learning their new roles and learning their system. They're having trouble putting it in the basket and we were hoping they wouldn't break out of it, they will be okay it's just gonna take them some time."
On the Pac-10
"We haven't beat a Pac-10 school in 20 years and we felt like we were in our surrounding and we've always looked up to the Pac-10 and we enjoy playing them."