Feb. 12, 2009
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"As my good buddy Steve Lavin would always say, `Sometimes you just have to move the chains, just keep getting yardage.' I thought that's kind of how we played tonight. Oregon State does a great job, they really challenge you and go a good job of defending you with those zones. They play great, fundamentally smart basketball and if you make any mistakes they burn you. In the second half we backed our pressure off a little bit and that cut down on some of those layups.
"Justin Dentmon had another phenomenal basketball game - passed it, scored it, hit big shots, played good defense. Played like a senior. This game really concerned me coming into this game because I know what Oregon State is capable of doing. They play a different style and they're hard to play against. The game went a little bit like the game in Corvallis where it took our guys a little bit to settle down and really figure out how to play against them. Once that happened, we were able to slowly separate ourselves.
"We came to life in the first half. Venoy Overton really helped us. Another game where he just provided a lot of energy for us. That's two in a row where he's done that, he's playing good basketball."
Washington junior Quincy Pondexter
"They really paid a lot of attention to detail on their defensive end and I think it caught us a little off guard how they were executing their defensive game plan and that 1-3-1 zone. We kept trying to work through it and noticed the little differences, just executed.
"We moved a lot better without the ball. We didn't try to make the home run play. Passed a lot of the time and we were a lot more patient and therefore we got a lot of easy baskets by heading inside and finding the best three point shooter in the country right now, Justin Dentmon."
Washington senior Justin Dentmon
"I think (Oregon State) came out with way more effort. Second half of Pac-10's they play with more aggressive, their zone was more active. I think Tarver really set the tone for their defense in the first half."
"It took us a while, because we were really trying to look for a home run play like coach said. We were trying to make one pass and hopefully get a shot up, when we should've just moved the ball and looked for cracks in their defense and got more open shots."
Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson
"We had to do something different based on the loss last time. It was working. And then got out of our game plan, which was to impose our will offensively. We started taking some bad shots and throwing the ball away and the next thing you know with like 11 minutes to go we were right back to where we started.
"I saw on Huskies All-Access (on FSN Northwest) that (UW usher George Hickman) had made a special trip to the inauguration and that people in the athletic department had chipped in for him to have a trip to Washington D.C. We were walking out of our shoot-around and we passed the Legends center and I saw him in there. I thought I would go in a thank him for his service. It's terrific. It just moved me watching that on the show and I thought if I ran into him I would say, `thanks'.
"What I'm trying to get these guys, what I'm trying to get the other teams, I'm trying to get the refs to understand is that it is not good enough for us just to be in the game for a while. Everyone is so complimentary, `this team is so much better than last year', I appreciate that. But we've got to get those guys in there understanding that we are trying to do more than just get a moral victory.
"(Lorenzo Romar) is a good coach, he's got a good team and they play a certain way. We can't play that way yet; we don't have the personnel. We have to be much more creative in what we do to make them play our way. It worked for a while, but we just couldn't maintain it.
"You can't beat a team like (Washington), which is going to be competing for the championship in our league, missing layups, missing foul shots. The one thing we did right was kept them off the offensive glass. But we had plenty of opportunities to make layups, to make foul shots, to make the game feel closer for them so it's not so easy for guys to bang shots on us."