Nov. 18, 2008
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic - Seattle Regional - Game #1
November 18, 2008 * Cleveland State at Washington
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"I thought we definitely made progress tonight, not just from the Portland game but from the Western Washington exhibition game. In the first half I thought as a team we played great defense, came out with a lot of energy, and really just played efficiently. In the second half we came out flat which is something we need to be able to solve we need to be able to come out with the same intensity. I thought Quincy Pondexter really came out and played well in the first half. Obviously Joe Wolfinger played great tonight. It was a great team effort overall against a great Cleveland State team who is picked to win their league. The starting line-up was changed because Isaiah was a little late to a team event, not a disciplinary problem just a reminder. We are hopeful that Matthew (Bryan-Amaning) will be able to play in the Kansas game. It is not my style to ever substitute a guy after one or two mistakes, but if it is something that we feel is the theme of the night and is important enough that if it does not happen then we have to give someone else a chance then that is what we will do. (What Coach wants to see when Brockman is double teamed) If we can knock down shots consistently then the double team is something that we will welcome, Brockman is going into his third year of getting double teamed and I think he is pretty good at it."
Washington Player Jon Brockman
"We played a good first half and then came out in the second half and did not execute - which was disappointing - but the good thing that you can take away from the second half is that we bent but did not break. Justin Holiday did a great job coming in and getting stops and we were able to regain our composure. Coach said it in the locker room, it is progress. It is better than we played in the Portland game and we can take that away as a positive. The biggest difference between this game and Portland is that we were taking good shots this game. Against Portland guys were just so excited to shoot that they were throwing up bad shots, this game guys were finding space and taking good shots. (In regards to Coach keeping players on a short leash during the game) I think that it is something that needs to be done we need to be held accountable for our play and on top of our game at all times, and realize that when we make mistakes there will be consequences. (In regards to Bullock) He is fun to play against, I told him after the game that I love his game, but we did a great job collectively forcing him to take tough shots. Quincy played a great game tonight, not only in scoring but he played some good defense and was an energy guy, and that is what we need out of him. When Quincy is scoring it takes a lot off me, when any of the guys on the other side are scoring it helps me out a lot. (In regards to the dunk) I don't know, I thought the backboard was going to come down, but the ball just seemed to slip out of my hands."
Washington Player Justin Holiday
"When I am out there I feel my main roles on the court are to play defense, get rebounds, and just be an energy guy. Not being as big as the other guys on the court I try to read the ball well coming off of the rim and use my speed instead of my strength to get rebounds."
Cleveland State Coach Gary Waters
"I think our kids came out a little shell-shocked and our veterans were struggling so when the younger guys were looking to the veterans and not finding a lot they were a little shell-shocked. Halftime I told them to come out in the second half and just play and I thought for a while we did that and we were successful. I think this Washington team plays defense really hard and that is one of their strengths, the big guy [Brockman] is a man amongst boys and I thought that he was a major key to the game, because they got a lot of second chance shots from him."