Washington 96, (#9) Arizona 83
Jan. 29, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"I can just say that I am extremely proud of our guys. I'm very proud of the way they played. They played together for 35 minutes. Obviously we are better when we play together. That Arizona team was a bus all night. They were running through people. We know their history and their currency. For our guys to come out and do the job they did tonight, I'm proud of their effort."
On the defensive effort:
"When we needed it the most we did a good job. We were real scrappy tonight. I talked to you guys (media) about Nate Robinson and scouting him. If there is a loose ball, watch for Nate because he will get it. That is what he did tonight. He got the loose balls and started fast breaks."
On Nate Robinson's recent improved play:
"It started way back in San Diego. He broke out of his shooting slump and shot the ball better. In conference play he started to steal the ball, grab rebounds and just make plays. You saw that tonight. He just kept getting better and better. Last year he did a good job, but obviously he has surpassed that. We are just letting him play."
On the team's confidence after this victory:
"It really started at Oregon State. We have been talking about taking small steps. We had to get that first win on the road. If we did not win that, we would not have won tonight. After Oregon State we needed to get another road win to prove that we could really play on the road. To beat a ranked team like this is something that hopefully will raise our confidence to a very high level. Still, we are 3-5 in the conference and have not accomplished anything yet."
WASHINGTON GUARD Nate Robinson
"We had a lot of super glue. We stuck together like glue. We played as a team out there. Even the guys that did not get in, contributed. We got a little taste of the pie. We have to get more though. Everyone is so hungry to get more wins. We just have to take it game by game."
On the alley-oop dunk:
"The guys tried to defend me, but they saw my face over the rim. I knew I was high, but I had no idea I was that high. I felt all the joy and the excitement of the game while making that play."
On the crowd:
"They helped us big time. I see fans around campus all the time. Whenever I see them I tell them to wear purple and come to the games. It gets me real fired up when classmates and fans around campus see me and tell me good luck before the games."
ARIZONA HEAD COACH LUTE OLSON
"I think that Nate Robinson is an unbelievable player and a tremendous competitor. Any time you give up 32 points off turnovers you're in trouble. Thirty-two points off turnovers is not something we can live with, or any team can live with. Washington was aggressive and they hit the big shots when they had to. They did a nice job. I thought that we shot the ball well, but missed some shots down low that we should have made. They were really tough and challenged those shots inside tonight. Those guys played very hard from the beginning and we missed some shots and gave them a chance to get their run. They are very much a momentum team."
On Nate Robinson:
"He got a lot of lay-ins off of steals. Nate scored a bunch of buckets off of steals, but I don't think that he got easy shots in the half court defense. It was the opportunities that he created with his quickness and his steals. He's an unbelievable competitor."
On Arizona's plays:
"We missed some shots, but that's where we need to have some real leadership to step up. We used to have that leadership, but we obviously didn't have it when we needed it. We shot the ball well and we must have missed eight lay-ins, but other than those we shot the ball well."