Nov. 29, 2008
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"Overall I thought our guys did a nice job today. Unfortunately we were 50 percent from the foul line and committed 19 turnovers. If we were able to do a better job there we would've had an exceptional all-around game. In spite of the turnovers and in spite the missed free throws we were able to make progress. That team averages 9.5 turnovers per game and we forced them into 19 today. So I thought we did a nice job defensively. I think those are positives that we can take from this game today and work from there. Mostly the turnovers were unforced so we can do a better job there.
I thought Quincy Pondexter, while not playing a highlight reel game, played as solid of an all-around basketball game as he has since he's been here. He rebounded, took good shots, played within himself and I thought he did a good job. I think sometimes he is really hard on himself. He is his own worst critic. Sometimes he over-thinks as a result. I was really pleased with how he performed today. He went out today and just got lost in the game. This was not a game where you just play off of adrenaline. Most people won't realize how well he played today. Sometimes when it is up and down they remember the plays he makes, the dunks and the blocks. There wasn't any of that today, just pure, solid basketball. You can play that way against anyone. He went after rebounds today, they didn't fall into his hands.
We're better defensively. I still think we have more offensive weapons. We didn't have the type of potential output to compensate for the deficiencies. Justin Dentmon stepped up today. They did a good job of double-teaming Jon the entire time and that freed other guys up to make plays tonight. Especially against a team like Pacific, there were some positives today.
Washington junior Quincy Pondexter
"I was really down on myself. I was really just trying to find my way with team. I wanted to fit in. I have no goals except to win. So I was trying to figure out what was the best way to help my team win. It's early. You can't write me off yet. I'm in the gym all the time. At two-o-clock in the morning I call our manager all the time and go and work out. I'm going to do it again today. I am just trying to do my part to help our team win games and that is all I care about.
On stepping up when Brockman is not playing well:
You need someone to do that on this team. We see a great player like that having so much focus on him, it helps open up things for us. It helped us win the game today.
Washington senior Justin Dentmon
"Coming off of two losses was tough, but we were anxious to play. We knew we were going to come out with a lot of energy so we just wanted to stay focused throughout the game. We just tried to cut down on our turnovers. We know we are good rebounding team so we just have to cut down on our turnovers.
Pacific Head Coach Bob Thomason
On senior Chad Troyer and sophomore Terrell Smith playing close home:
"It was great having Chad and Terrell come back home. You always try to do that for your seniors. Then obviously it was good for us to get tested. Washington is a great rebounding team and obviously we're not so we've got to work on that.
On the game:
In the first half I thought we played pretty well. We played at a good tempo. Their traps bothered us more than I thought they would. We weren't able to get the ball out and swung so the turnovers bothered us. And then we couldn't make our threes. We were 2-for-8 and we never made two-in-a-row. That is where you have to capitalize against Washington. You have to get to the line, make free throws and make more threes. We had one good stretch in the second half where we got it to 10 and that is where you're either going to close the gap or not. And they did an unbelievable job of rebounding the ball then. We couldn't really get a rebound the rest of the game. The pressed us really hard and the played really tough and they deserved to win the game.
On junior Quincy Pondexter
They overpowered us. We doubled him early and then we got away from that. But other guys are going to step up. If they don't step up then that gives you a chance to win. Usually the role players at home step up a lot more. And the good players play well anywhere. Their role players stepped up for them today. Later in the year we'll be better at handling pressure and traps and such, but they're a good team. When they get it completely together they are going to be really good.
Pacific senior Chad Troyer
On playing in his hometown of Seattle:
"It was everything I knew it was going to be. Growing up around I know what this arena and this city is like. Obviously we didn't win, but it was nice getting to play in front of all the friends and family. I had people that have known me my whole life here. It will be fun to see some more people too."
On his basketball career from Seattle, to Miami (OH) and then to Pacific:
"I have no regrets. I think that every step along way I've learned something. I just look at the things that I've done and where I've been and I've accomplished a lot of my goals and have more that have set that I am going to accomplish. I've just been really blessed that I've had the opportunity to play college basketball."
On playing a Pac-10 team:
"It gets us ready. Any time you play a Pac-10 school they give you a challenge. There are a lot of talented players in this league. We played Cal really tough and got a really good win at Nevada. Obviously we lost tonight, but this helps us get ready for the Big West which is our ultimate goal."