(#13) Washington 87, Southern Utah 72
Monday, December 4, 2006
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"I said, prior to this game, that I felt tonight we had to play much better than we have been playing or we might not be successful tonight. I thought when a higher level of play was required, we provided that, our guys provided that. Southern Utah is a good basketball team, a solid basketball team. I thought our guys were solid, with the exception of the 21 turnovers. I thought we played as good as we have played all year. That was the game that we have been looking for, where we put together 40 minutes of sound basketball."
On Justin Dentmon:
"I thought Justin Dentmon, on both ends of the floor, was huge. It may have gone unnoticed what he did. He controlled us offensively, made great post feeds, and, defensively, the job he did on Barnes was second to none. Barnes is a really good player."
On Ryan Appleby and Phil Nelson:
"Ryan Appleby was tremendous tonight. He got us going. When he shoots the ball like that you don't think he is ever going to miss like ever. Like the kids say, 'infinity.' You just don't think he is going to miss. Phil Nelson came off the bench and did a good job for us in the first half. Our guys played with as much energy as we have played with all year."
On Getting the Ball to Hawes:
"It was good. I mean, one thing about getting the ball to Spencer, and I've said it a little bit, Spencer didn't practice with us for five weeks. We are working, and with a new team we don't have the luxury of throwing him the basketball against tight defenses. Finally, when he came back, we were able to start working that way. So, again, we are going to get the ball to Spencer Hawes. We did tonight. they were playing behind and allowed him to catch. There will be games where it will be tough. I thought we did a tremendous job of getting him the basketball, but then, in turn, Spencer did a tremendous job of finishing."
On Team Rebounding:
"I thought we did a good job on the boards in the first half. I thought in the second half we didn't box out like we should have, 14 offensive rebounds is too many offensive rebounds."
On Phil Nelson:
"It was very good. You know, he is finally able to make some shots. But, for Phil Nelson, making shots is not a surprise at all. What was good was that on the defensive end he got after it, he got on the floor, dove for a ball or two, rebounded relatively well. He did other things that we wanted him to do tonight, and, consequently, he played 20 minutes."