Dec. 14, 2008
University of Washington Basketball vs. Portland State
December 14, 2008 * Postgame Quotes
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"First of all, I did not like the way we finished the game. Give all of the credit to Portland State for their relentlessness in the second half. I also thought that bad shots and bad passes by our guys helped to fuel their comeback. Phil Nelson played excellent down the stretch and did a great job making big shots to get them back into the game. Despite the ending I thought our guys played really well and did not feel sorry for themselves after losing Jon (Brockman). I thought Matthew Bryan-Amaning played excellent. He did a great job on defense, on the boards and did not make one turnover. I thought Matthew also handled the double team very well. We did not reverse the ball to get open shots. We did not close the game out like we should have."
Washington forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning
"I actually did not find out until today that Jon was not going to play. I feel like this is the time in the season when everyone starts to fall into their role and I feel like as long as I am playing well I will be able to stay on the floor. I think that we were a little nervous to go out there without Jon when we expected that he would play. But, we knew that if we just went out and did what we needed to do then we would be fine."
Washington Guard Justin Dentmon
"I felt comfortable stepping to the line at the end of the game. We treated this game just like any other big game. I think when our lead dropped below 15 in the second half we did not necessarily get nervous but we needed to focus and step up our game."
Portland State Head Coach Ken Bone
"I thought our guys showed composure when we went down by 15. I thought that UW was forcing us into bad shots and creating turnovers but near the end of the game our guys had great composure to find good shots and make the necessary plays to keep us in the game. Lorenzo did a great job of getting his guys to play relentless and hard and I am sure without having Brockman out there he challenged his players even more to go out there and get it. I thought Phil (Nelson) was nervous early on. I think he played a little soft in the beginning. Once he hit his first three I think he started to heat up. I am happy with the way he played in the second half. We are hoping to get better and better as the year goes on, and I think we got better this week than we did last week. To be able to advance through the NCAA tournament we need to be able to beat teams that are physically bigger than us like the UW."
Portland State Player Phil Nelson
"Coach kept telling me to keep shooting in the second half and eventually they started to go in. I took a tough shot at the end and I missed it. I'm not sure what exactly got me going. When the first shot goes in, you start feeling good and then you make the second and everything starts to feel like a great shot. It was fun guarding Quincy (Pondexter). He is a good player who slashes and plays a physical game, but it was fun guarding him again. It was fun coming back to this type of environment and getting to play in front of a crowd like this again. I think if we do the things that we were doing at the end of the game for an entire game our team will be at that level we need to be at to make it through the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament."