Washington 79, Wyoming 70
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"We'll look back in February or March, and in spite of one of their star players not being there, we'll realize that this was a big win for us. That club was picked to win the Mountain West (Conference). To win and continue to improve is something we're really pleased with."
On keys to the game:
"The number one stat that jumps out at me is we forced them into 25 turnovers while only giving up 6 assists. If we can somehow keep our hands to ourselves and keep teams off the foul line, then we'll do an even better job defensively."
On Washington junior forward Doug Wrenn:
"You'd look and see Doug Wrenn and think he broke out of his slump because he scored 18 points and shot 50% but he also had 5 blocks, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. That's what Doug Wrenn is capable of doing. He's a fill-the-boxscore type guy, where all the boxes have something in them."
On Washington freshman forward Bobby Jones:
"I thought that Jones did a lot of dirty work for us tonight and really helped."
On his first win as the Washington coach:
"The first win is pretty gratifying. But it's more gratifying to me to see our guys get their first win of the year, to be honest with you. Our guys have worked hard. They've really tried to do what we asked them to do. For them to come out as hard as they did in Spokane the other night and then to come out and feel better about themselves."
On Washington freshman guard Nate Robinson who also plays football:
"Nate didn't score a basket but as usual Nate just brings a bit of energy whenever he gets on the floor, and the opposition seems to wonder what's going on. It's like that movie "Space Jam". All of a sudden guys are flying all over the place, and he picks up 3 or 4 fouls in limited time, but like I told Rick Neuheisel today if we got a chance to play him we would. Something would happen, we didn't know what it was but something would happen and it would not be a situation where you wouldn't notice he was in the game. He still thought it was that guy Bush from Washington State out there, he wanted to take some of those guys out. But he's very aggressive and that's how he's always going to play, he doesn't know any other speed. He'll tone that down, he did a nice job for his first college game, having practiced only 3 or 4 times as a freshman."
On the Huskies' defense:
"If we take a lead it's because of defense. In the past we have done it during 5 minute stretches, in a half, but he have not until the other night and tonight put together the 35-0 great minutes. I thought tonight we worked pretty hard. The point spread was irrelevant, it's always the way you play. If you're down 4 and you're playing right you're not disappointed, if you're up 10 and not playing right I'm very disappointed. I didn't think we played very well down the end of the first half."
On the quick turnaround before Saturday's game at Santa Clara:
"I'm definitely going to enjoy this. I'm going to enjoy it until we get on the road, then that's a whole different matter."
WYOMING COACH STEVE MCLAIN
"Well I think in some ways we did a great job of overcoming him [Uche Nsonwu-Amadi] not being here. We were down on the glass in the first half; second half we won the battle on the boards. Probably the presence we missed from an offensive point of view was we didn't get much out of our inside game. Some of that is we went to screens on the perimeter and opened our perimeter guys up, but we definitely missed him inside. I told the kids I'm never going to discredit their effort. I thought we came in here with the right attitude, I knew we were playing a hungry team, a team that was looking for a win; a team that almost got a win last week. I knew we were going to face a battle. I thought our kids kept their composure when things weren't exactly going our way and we got down, battled back, still had a shot at the end, and that's what you want to do on the road, have a shot at the end."
On Marcus Bailey's early foul trouble:
"I don't think there's any question when he has to sit on the bench almost the whole first half. I've never seen that many offensive fouls called in my life, but that's part of it."
On Washington's Doug Wrenn:
"Doug finally had a good night for them. [He is a] First team all team Pac-10 player that's been struggling offensively, but I think tonight he found a bit of a rhythm and he was playing inside more for them. I think Doug's going to be a great player for them and he's just finding his niche on this team right now."