Feb. 4, 2010
Lorenzo Romar Quotes
"Hard fought win, we are fortunate that we came out on top. Our guys did a good job attacking the rim early. Their big's got in foul trouble. That helped our cause obviously. I thought our guys, Isaiah and Venoy did a great great job of contesting everything that Nic Wise threw up. Our guys I thought did a very very good job trying to contain him. He didn't really get loose for a couple baskets until the end. I thought out guys did a good job competing and out rebounded them. They out rebounded us by 16 at their place. We turned that around and out rebounded them today. Scott Suggs gave us a great great lift off the bench tonight. We didn't shoot fouls very well until they were needed down the stretch. When the game was on the line our guys did a great job with that. I am just happy to move the chains."
On Quincy's offense:
"He's been pretty good. I am answering your question saying `when he is aggressive.' He's averaging 20 a game. He's been aggressive all year. Once in a while teams are going to guard you and hold you down and you're not going to have 20 every night. That has happened a couple times, but for the most part this is kind of how he's played all year long. He's been pretty consistent and we are in the second half of the conference now."
On Isaiah sitting the second half:
"Arizona is a much better team than people give them credit for. They really guard you and sometimes you just say `why can't they make the shot?' A lot of those shots were contested, they do a good job. We wanted to get the ball moving tonight and Venoy and Abdul probably tonight did a better job at moving the basketball. We were looking for answers in the second half. We came out and I think we had four or five assists in the first four minutes. Those were made by Justin Holiday, but those were given a chance to move a little bit."
On the conference standings:
"It changes all the time, all the time."
On Venoy in the clutch:
"He was huge. He knocked his down, Scott Suggs knocked his down, free-throws down. Venoy is a gamer. He hadn't done a whole lot, 1-5 for the night and had a couple ill-advised decisions but when that game was on the line he knocked those free-throws down. That is just kind of how he is."
Washington Forward Quincy Pondexter
On the win:
"We felt good about ourselves, but not that great because we didn't play as best as we could. We could have cleaned up some stuff that we did on both ends of the floor. We have a great Arizona State team coming in on Saturday. We can't be satisfied with anything, especially with the hole that we're in right now."
On the second consecutive 2nd half comeback:
"That second half, we knew that we had to buckle down and do it as a team. That's what wins championships, team defense and team offense when we're sharing the ball."
"Scott hit some big shots. He really stepped up, especially when our team needed someone else to step up and make shots. He found ways to get open and our team was moving the ball and found him in different ways. He stepped up big. He even got some offensive rebounds, which he has never done in his life. I was real proud of Scott today, he played with his heart."
Washington Guard Scott Suggs
On whether tonight was what he had in mind when he committed to UW:
"I'm just trying to win a national championship; basically that's what I came here for. I hope we can do that and I would like to contribute to that. That's basically what I am going to try to do."
On how the team relies on Quincy offensively:
"We rely on him. He's our leading scorer. He's our leader, our captain. We rely on him every single game. He does great job night in and night out of doing that every single game for us."
Arizona Coach Sean Miller
"Washington has a style that, to me, really favors them at home...they crash the offensive glass, they use their defense to create turnovers, and they just really attack the paint. They're constantly putting pressure on the defense. They did what they do better than the things that we do."
On Quincy Pondexter
"He's a terrific player. He only had seven points down in Tucson, but tonight with 30 points and 12 rebounds. He really solidified himself as a candidate for Player of the Year, he's certainly one of the five best. He's a great senior leader, similar to Nic Wise on our side."
On the Arizona defense holding Washington to 36.9% FG
"Yeah, but I will say this: Washington got to the free throw line 42 times, so even though we held them under 40%, they were doing a lot of damage from the free throw line."