Nov. 3, 2006
Washington vs. Saint Martin's
November 3, 2006
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR
General Comments: "That was a really good game for us. They were a smaller team and we were the more talented team. They were small and quick and that really forced us to bear down and defend. They caught us off guard early in the first half with their quickness. With a new group here we didn't do a good enough job defensively. Also, early on in the first game you are still trying to find an identity and we were trying to find an identity in the first half. In the second half our identity became what it needs to be. We picked it up on the defensive end and on the boards. Harvey Perry played a big game and we was kind of the catalyst in that whole situation. This is why you play exhibition games, to find out where you are and learn some things and move on from there.
On halftime speech: "We talked about how we are not very good when we have our cool jackets on and we are just kind of going through the motions. We have never been very good when we do that. When we don't really get after it we are just okay. We just need to understand that we really need to defensive rebound."
On Adrian Oliver: "Adrian is very good. He not only was good offensively, but he attacked the glass and was very focused out there. He is playing to win the basketball game, nothing else matters. You want those type of guys on the floor. In some ways he carried us in the first half when we were struggling."
On rebounding: "Quincy got after the boards in the second half. Our guys collectively really started to rebound in the second half. Early on they were shooting about 70 percent, but finally we got them to miss and we started playing better defensively and grabbing some rebounds."
On players struggling: "It's weird because it's a new team. I remember there was a point when Brandon Roy didn't really know when it was his time to take over. He would look at me thinking that I was going to tell him, but it really wasn't until his senior year where he was fine and he knew when it was his time. It takes time to develop that."
On Quincy Pondexter: "He did a great job and an even better job in the second half. He had 13 rebounds and when guys get that many rebounds that is pretty good. He also scored, but I will tell you the other thing is in the second half Quincy and Harvey Perry shut down Jake Linton and we were having problems with him in the first half."
On Spencer Hawes: "He wasn't going to play tonight, but he should be ready to go."
On freshmen playing together at the same time: "We recruit versatile players, so you could see any combination on the court. We will play anybody out there on the court, it just depends on who we're playing. Those guys were fast, so we had to go with a quicker lineup."
SAINT MARTIN'S HEAD COACH KEITH COOPER
On the game
It is a great opportunity for us. I am very thankful to Lorenzo, and Jim Shaw for letting us come up here and play. It is a great opportunity for our kids, and good for our program. We are very thankful. The Huskies are going to have a very great team--there is no question about that. They are a little bit young, and a little but inexperienced. And I think that showed the first half, but in the second half they showed that they are pretty athletic, pretty big, and pretty strong. They are a lot bigger and stronger than we are, but I think we caught them off guard in the first half. They made some good adjustments at half time, and they came out a lot more focused, played harder, and that was the difference in the game.
On who stood out on the Huskies
There were a lot of them. We saw most of their kids in the summer, so we are not surprised. Phil Nelson is a great shooter. I was surprised he missed so many shots in the first half, but he made a few more in the second half. It looked like Justin Dentmon worked on his 3-point shot. He is going to be a lot better 3-point shooter. Everybody in the country knows that Ryan Appleby can shoot it. I was a little disappointed at times, when I didn't know if our guys even knew if he could shoot it. He is a very good shooter. I think that Jon Brockman, and some of their post players got in foul trouble early, and didn't get into their rhythm until late but they are going to be good. Adrian Oliver is a really good player. He really hurt us the first half when the other guys weren't. Then we got into the second half, and other guys started to hurt us.
On preparing to play the Huskies
It was just another game for us. I think if we had tried to prepare too differently it would have intimidated our kids. I didn't want them to be intimidated. Everyone knows that they are supposed to beat us, and they are supposed to beat us pretty bad, which they did. But we wanted to come up here and get better, and I think we did. I think our kids gained some confidence. We did a good job executing. I was proud how our kids played. I think we got tired there towards the end--we missed some shots.
On staying with them the first half
I thought it was a great twenty minutes. If we could have played them for twenty, instead of forty, it would have been a great game for us. Bigger, stronger, faster, usually wears you down, and it wore us down. They are going to be a really good team. Once they get Spencer Hawes back, it will just add another dimension for them. I thought Quincy Pondexter played really well. He is going to be a very good player at this level. There are a lot of pros out there. It was just a great opportunity for our guys.
WASHINGTON GUARD ADRIAN OLIVER
On reverse lay-up: "My guy was overplaying me on the baseline, so I just spun and got by the other guy to finish strong underneath."
On choosing Washington:"I picked Washington because of coach (Lorenzo) Romar. My relationship with him is closer than my relationship with Tubby. I feel like I can go with anything to coach Romar. Investing my time for the next four years here is big and I have to be able to trust my coach. When you are down to your final few schools it gets tough, but I chose Washington."
On fighting for playing time: "It's good competition. It's not anything where someone is going to be jealous. We both are trying to get a lot of minutes and coach Romar has us pressuring and that gets us tired every now and then. It starts with hard work in practice. Whoever starts, starts. We are not here for ourselves, we're here for the team."
WASHINGTON FORWARD QUINCY PONDEXTER
On first half in comparison to second half: "We knew we had to pick it up. We weren't playing like we normally do, but we picked it up in the second half."
On personal adjustments in second half: "I was nervous. I am a real nervous guy the first time I step on the court. I adjusted and I knew that I would calm down a little and play better. I just came out and did that."
On Adrian Oliver: "I was not surprised by what he did tonight. We are roommates and I know what he is capable of. We California players really know how to play."
On 18 points, 13 rebound performance: "Coaches really got to me. At first I wasn't the guy who would do the boxing out and rebounding. The coaches got me to change that part of my game and I was able to be successful at it tonight."
WASHINGTON GUARD HARVEY PERRY
On getting some play time: "Last year this was my first and only game and I didn't even finish the game. This year getting through the whole game without any injuries or problems felt good."
On leading the second half surge: "I guess you could say it just happened. Early in the game we weren't getting the shots that we should have got. They ran the way they wanted, but in the second half I pushed a little harder and got a couple stops and that sparks the next guy behind me."
On blocking shooters: "I am probably the best shot-blocker on the team right now. In high school I blocked shots all the time, so I am looking to do some more of that here."