Nov. 13, 2009
2009 Athletes in Action Classic
Nov. 13-15 * Bank of America Arena * Seattle, Wash.
Game 2 Post-Game Quotes
Washington Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar
"We kind of let down, we got up 15-17. That's what preseason games are for, where you learn from it. Hopefully you can win and learn those things. We got up 15-17 and you've got to keep playing."
"It was a great, great game for us and I think we will see more of the same tomorrow and more of the same on Sunday. These teams here are well-coached, fundamentally sound teams that won't go away. That was what we told our team the entire time. They're not going to go away."
"He put a lot of pressure of them and made his free throws, made his foul shots. He was a force to be reckoned with tonight."
"Down the stretch, Quincy Pondexter showed great leadership on the offensive and defensive end. It's good to see that happen."
Husky Guard Scott Suggs
"At halftime, Coach Romar told us that this was a team that was not going to go away."
"Basically we had to get the ball into Quincy and at that time we were at eight fouls and weren't far away from double bonus, so we had to get it inside."
Husky Forward Quincy Pondexter
"Coming into the game, we knew that they weren't going to give up. They're a veteran team, a very good team. They are picked to finish second their conference, which is an underrated conference. That wasn't a gimme game right there. They're a tough team and I expect them to do great things this year."
"It was a lot shots that I missed where I could have been the second scorer to [Thomas]. Isaiah did a great job tonight scoring the basketball. I think it was just another team win. It was his night. That happens in basketball."
"That was a great team win. We did a great job of moving the basketball and playing well on the defensive end."
Wright State Coach Brad Brownell
"I thought that all in all we played an ok game. I am pleased with the way we were able to bounce back in the second half and play as hard as we did. We had to play a little more zone than we like to, but I thought that it was effective in the second half. I am a little disappointed with our effort, especially rebounding the basketball in the first half. I felt that we made it relatively interesting we just came up a little short."
"They [Washington] really hurt us on the boards and their defensive pressure caused a lot of problems with our offense. That is credit to them. They are a great defensive team. They deny passing lanes and make it really hard to run your offense. (The defining factor of today's game) I think that the second chance points for Washington played a big part. They had a few more free throws than us, but I think mostly turnovers by us and the second chance points changed the game. (On Cory Cooperwood's early fouls) Not having Cory [Cooperwood] on the floor really did hurt us in the first half. He is our energy guy. He is our best rebounder and plays with unbelievable passion. I think he could have held up a little better against [Washington's] front court guys."
(On the difficulty of bouncing back after an emotional game like this when you are in a tournament)
"Yeah I think it is. It was probably not ideal to play Washington the first night. Everyone started getting hyped up to play those guys, but now you have to be resilient and bounce back because Portland State and Belmont are both really good teams. If you aren't ready to play then those guys are going to punch you in the mouth."
"Isaiah Thomas is a tremendous guy he can do a little of everything. He is fearless the way he gets into the lane. He is so quick and crafty the way he can hop step between defenders. He is so hard to guard with one player. You know, he's a guy that you have to build your entire defense around. I wish I had known a little more about him, I knew he was good but not that good. Quincy Pondexter is a terrific player. He is the guy that really makes them go. He is the heart and soul of that team. He provides a lot of energy on both ends of the floor."