Feb. 14, 2009
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"I thought we played really good basketball in the first half. In the second half, I thought we let our guard down a little bit on the defensive end early, and we allowed them to get in a bit of a rhythm, and it allowed Tajuan Porter to really get going. The last four games we've played against Oregon, Tajuan hasn't hurt us. We were able to hold them at bay. But once they got an offensive rhythm, and he got going, man, he went crazy.
"We can't allow ourselves to let what happened in the second half, happen.
"We're a game and a half up on (UCLA). We can come back next week, come back next Monday and we're in third or fourth place. That's how this league is right now. Again, do we have focus? Are we going to practice right this week? Are we going to pay attention to detail? That's all we can worry about."
Washington senior Justin Dentmon
"We needed the win, just because we haven't gotten a sweep in a long time."
"I thought we were focused, but I thought we weren't really focused. I think we were playing just to finish out the game. I didn't think we were attacking. And that gave them the confidence to make shots.
"(The message after the game was) that we gave them life.
"If we want to be champion, we can't play bad defense in the second half. We have to finish games out, just like a champion would."
Washington freshman Isaiah Thomas
"I think we take a lot of weight off the big players. They don't have to fight as hard to get open.
"It's very difficult, especially because you only have one day and a half to prepare for them. You go from a zone standpoint to a man standpoint on defense. Plus, Oregon shoots a lot of 3's and you have to worry about taking them out of their game."
Washington senior Jon Brockman
"This whole year has just been team goals. What can each one of us do to make the rest of the team better, and if we're getting the win and I'm only getting so many touches, shoot, that's perfectly fine in my mind.
"I think it really shows we can attack from different areas and we have a lot of different guys who can put the ball in the hoop. That's hard for teams to guar d because if you're double-teaming someone, somebody else is wide open on the other side. It shows a lot of how this team, instead of doing the one-on-one thing, trying to take on the other team by yourself, we're passing it around. We'll pass up an open look to give someone else an even better look. It all pays off in the long run."
Oregon Coach Ernie Kent
"I tried look at the road trip as a whole. I thought, defensively, we were pretty good at Washington State; we probably played one really good half of basketball and that was the second half. We found some offense and we found some rhythm.
"Our mission is to keep teaching them. Believe it or not, there was some growth in that locker room after the game. I think, again, they want to win more than anything. Don't expect them to quit. They'll bounce back and battle like crazy as we try to get ourselves two W's this weekend.
"Washington, I thought, was a very good basketball team. They are in a great rhythm right now. I'm just proud of the way these guys (Oregon) hung in there. They didn't quit. They battled in the second half, made some shots and made some 3's. (Tajuan Porter) found his game and I was really impressed with that.
"We don't look at (the 0-13 record in the Pac-10) like that. We know we need to win. If anything, the adversity of the season is wearing on them, but at the same time, you see them starting to come back. And that tells you about their strength of character going down the road."