Washington 73, Stanford 68
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
January 18, 2003
WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"I am very proud of our guys today, the way they competed and played. They handled themselves well in terms of the basketball game. This is the kind of victory we need in the Pac-10, especially at home. Our ability to knock foul shots down kept the game close, and we needed all of them."
On Washington's Brandon Roy
"I was pleased with how he played. He is a poised player, which is good sign. I would like to get him a bit more minutes. He will become more confident as he plays more games and gets more minutes. I am not sure what his rotation role is yet. He is good and he can help us."
On what it took to win tonight's game as opposed to games the Huskies lost
"We improved the most at sharing the ball. We have done this before, but not soon enough in previous games. We were better on the boards too. The game wasn't getting away from us because we were doing a good job defensively. Regardless of how we do it, anytime we beat Stanford we will take it. Mike Montgomery is high up there against coaches in the country."
"There is a certain way you win. We don't want to get lost in the game. The only thing we know is to try and do every thing we can to win the game. Getting lost in the game is as if the game blurs, things happen you forget happened. Winning is a great feeling."
On Washington's guards
"Our guards are young, but they are confident. We try to rotate them to keep them fresh. We don't just have one or two good guards. They get better each game because they mature with each game."
On Washington's Nate Robinson
"He brings our level of play up. He did that for the football team as well. Having Nate around is good for our team."
STANFORD COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY
"The overtime game (Thursday) took its toll and we paid the price for having to go to overtime. We come in here and we're a little tired and you look at the kids and you can't blame them. We didn't shoot the ball very well. We had 29 foul shots called. We out field-goaled them and we out rebounded them, certainly made some unforced errors. Zone worked pretty good, they isolated Wrenn, which was good, gave us some opportunities. The defense was good, by and large. A lot of balls knocked loose, we have to firm up, but that's just a strength thing. Tough road trip with the injuries and having to play as many minutes as we did the other night. We just have to get better."
"I think they're similar. They're really athletic, they seem to be together, they seem to like each other. They have good players and they have good depth. They have a lot of guys and they seem to be comfortable with playing that many guys. They still need some work offensively, but they're going to hang in there."
On last play of game
"Down three with 7.8 seconds, had Barnes on a drop and he took the shot. You have to have better decisions than that, and he knows that. He knows it now. Had he made both free throws, then we would have been down two, but we missed the one so we're down three. You have to know that, it was a drop situation, we had it all set up, it was perfect and we just didn't make the right play."
On Washington guard pressure
"They're quick, they took us out of our offense. Part of it is our little bit lack of execution. It hurt us; we didn't execute nearly as well as we needed to. Some of the things we did wrong, just unforced errors, are things that we shouldn't do. We have some guys who need to learn to make better passes, better decisions, and that hurt us."