Washington 81, Washington State 67
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
January 31, 2003
WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"I give Washington State a lot of credit. They played hard and were offensively disciplined. To come in 0-8, I give credit to the coach for keeping them motivated and together. I give our guys credit for sharing the ball tonight and working hard."
On the extra practice time this week
"We worked on our overall execution, our fundamental defense and our offensive breakdown . It was good to have extra practice time during this time of the year. It helps our efficiency and our sharpness."
On Brandon Roy
"The things he does, there aren't drills to help people learn that. He plays good basketball and is around the action. He doesn't force a lot of shots, but he gets shots. He definitely knows how to play."
On Washington's playing style at home
"Playing at home is good news and bad news. We play with energy and confidence. We do a better job defensively. On the road, we do well for one half. During the second half on the road we get distracted. We are looking forward to the two home games with the Arizona schools coming up."
On starting Nate Robinson
"He wasn't confident in his ability to run the offense earlier. As he gets more confident, he is doing better. We decided to take the energy he gives us and start out with that energy. Curtis Allen did a nice job tonight and worked hard."
On starting four freshmen
"When we decide on the five to start, we don't think about the fact that they are freshman. Guys who play with energy and work hard are the five guys that make the best team and the five guys who should start. That lineup is not in stone and could change. A team wins more and is more productive when five guys who share the ball and work hard start. That doesn't mean that the guys who are not starting are not doing this for our team."
On the improvement of Washington's second half play tonight
"It is hard to say if we improved because it was a home game. I liked the fact that Washington State spread out and the guys worked hard defensively. It's all about a team effort and we don't win without a team effort."
WASHINGTON STATE COACH PAUL GRAHAM
"We out-rebounded those guys 41 to 31, we just couldn't get the ball to go in for us. They had a little spurt on us, we came back, but again we just couldn't get it to go down but I think our guys played hard, they competed but still had a 14-point loss. I don't fault our guys' effort, not in the least. They played their butts off but the ball still wouldn't go down, so that's the way it is."
"They've got a good team. They've got great quickness, they play with great enthusiasm. Lorenzo's (Romar) coached them well and I think Nate Robinson gives them a lot of energy, people feed off him and I always look at people as a team because it's a team game."
On the Youth of Both Teams
"That's good for the future. The only senior that plays a lot for us right now is Milton Riley. You get a young team that can go out and get experience in this league in big games. You play young guys and get them experience and it helps the future because the teams that are doing well right now have mostly seniors contributing."
On His Coaching Future
"I don't worry about things I have no control over. As long as my kids keep going out there and competing, then that's the most we can ask for as a coaching staff. By no stretch of the imagination is the season over for us or are we going to throw in the towel."