Nov. 29, 2009
Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar
"That Montana team, I would think they are going to win a lot of ball games this year. Not only are they a good basketball team, but their game planning and execution was very timely tonight. They just packed it in. I mean really packed it in unlike any zone that we've ever played against and dared us to make an outside shot. In the first half we didn't very often. In the second half, we started to do some other things against the zone that loosened it up a little bit. You've got to give a lot of credit to them. They did a very good job against out team tonight. As far as we're concerned, the MVP of this game was our bench. Our bench did a tremendous job coming off ready to play. We were looking for different combinations tonight, guys that could maybe just make a shot. We went with one particular group for a while with Elston Turner and Scott Suggs and those guys and things started to loosen up a little bit. A great, great game for our team. We were really tested. It was an adverse situation. We were down 10, 12, I think something like that. We couldn't get a shot to fall but yet out guys continued to chip away and we were able to come up with a victory. Venoy Overton was very good down the stretch defensively and offensively for us."
On Gant coming off the bench:
"Darnell came in and made some key plays for us that won't show up in the box score."
Biggest concern of going on the road:
"To me, this game provided some of the adversity that the road provides. First half, maybe you think you should have gotten a call here or there. We shot 24 percent or whatever it was in the first half. We couldn't get anything to fall. Those are some of the things that happen on the road. I'm glad we were able to play this game before we hit the road because it's going to make us better mentally for Thursday night."
Washington Guard Isaiah Thomas
On Venoy Overton:
"He plays defense. He's out there. He's everywhere on the defensive end. He can change the game, as you guys know, by not even scoring a point. He's in the offensive dude's grill the whole game. He's one of a kind. You don't see that everywhere you go. You see big men that can block shots, but a guy that can pick up right when they inbound the ball and change the offensive guy's direction until he gets to the hoop. It's ridiculous." "He brought energy and did a good job."
On the long layover from the last game:
"I'm not going to say that's the reason that we played like we did, but not having a game for eight days, that is hard, especially with the hard practices that we have for seven, eight straight days is a toll on your body. I'm glad we're done with that and we can look forward to having games every couple days."
Washington Guard Quincy Pondexter
On the new starting line-up affecting the team's rhythm:
"I don't think that it changed the rhythm at all. I think it was more attributed to Montana's defense and their schemes to how they were playing. I don't think we've played a team just like that. They did a great job tonight. We've got to get better. It's still early in the season but we have to get a lot better to live up to our expectations of this year."
On Montana's 2-3 zone:
"They did a good job of not letting catches get in the middle and when we got in the middle they did a good job of collapsing. They really tried to force us to shoot outside shots. They were just really solid in everything that they did on the defensive end of the floor. It was hard for us to get cracks at the rim sometime.
On whether he thinks more teams will zone Washington:
"Definitely because of how our team's make-up is. We have tremendous guards and sometime we can go with four guards and a big or even five guards sometimes. It's hard for teams to match up defensively man-to-man. We're going to see a lot of zone defenses and they're really going to try to get us to shoot from the outside and I think we are going to be able to knock it down."
Montana Coach Wayne Tinkle
"Well I thought our guys showed a lot of heart. We took the 14th ranked team in the country down to the wire, and I really felt like we gave it back to them in the closing minutes. I'm proud of our guys for their effort and hanging in there, but we really squandered a great opportunity tonight."
"Well, they got some momentum. Our defense was really solid, and then they got to the free throw line and knocked them down, and that's really how they got their momentum going in the second half. And then on the other end, we missed some shots that we were making in the first half, had a couple careless turnovers there off of missed free throws and missed shots, and they got the momentum. Our guys still hung in there, we tied it up with under a minute to go, then within one, then let it slip away."