March 1, 2007
Bank of America Arena, March 1, 2007
USC vs. Washington
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "USC was a different team than when we played them last time and went to double OT. Nick Young had a great game for them and he is really just a phenomenal basketball player. Our guys did a really good job and I think that we did some things that we have been doing for some time now, but I don't think that we had the wins to show for it. Some guys played good and stepped up offensively. I thought that we were efficient offensively."
On Justin Dentmon: "Justin had zero turnovers and that played a big part in our win. I think he had a real high level of concentration. Consequently he did a great job of taking care of the ball. He got hot early because they left him open. That type of thing is huge for his confidence. Tonight was a great start in the right direction for him."
On Artem Wallace: "Well they had some fouls to use between their big guys. The bad news was that he was five of 10 from the free throw line. The good news is that he nearly doubled his season average from the line. He was on, so we told him that we were going to start shooting technicals now."
On first half technical foul call against USC: "There was kind of a little skirmish between Lodrick Stewart and Quincy Pondexter. I think that they called a double foul on it while Coach Floyd was protesting it. It took them awhile to sort it out and then they told me what I just told you."
On the tight foul calls in the second half: "They called it early and both teams hit the bonus early."
USC Head Coach Tim Floyd
General Comments: "It was not one of our better defensive efforts. We fought pretty hard there for about fifteen minutes in the second half, and we even closed the gap, and it could have been even tighter than that, but we missed some free-throws prior to that, and we subbed, and when we did that, it was not quite the same as our starters. Dwight and Daniel did a nice job during that stretch when we closed it. But we shot ourselves in the foot with those turnovers."
On Washington's three-pointers: "I thought we didn't get back defensively for our perimeter players in defensive transition. We made some real mistakes as far as location, and they made us pay for it."
On their defense: "They have been very good at home. I don't think that has as much to do with that. They have been averaging 83 points at home. They have been better at home, than they have been on the road, and they were aggressive in offensive transition, and we knew they would be. We worked on it extremely hard, but we didn't get into the game."
On USC's poor defensive effort: "Defensive transition was the key. There was a timeout that we called about that. We needed guys to get back, rotate, run the floor, and find a guy. We have been pretty good at it all year long that is why we have been able to rob people, but we didn't do a good job tonight. "