Nov. 11, 2012
Washington vs. Loyola Post-Game Quotes
UW 85, Loyola 63
Alaska Airlines Arena
Nov. 11, 2012
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
All in all I thought our guys did an excellent job at handling what was thrown at them. Aziz N'Diaye was sensational. It seemed like he was getting every ball that was coming at him and he held on to them for the most part.
On the turnovers
The second half was the same press. Everything was still the same but we would go to pass the ball and we would pass it to our knees. It's the first game, whatever you want to call it, but I thought we settled down. I don't think we turned it over in terms of pressure, but now we turned it over. They're pretty good at the press. You go on the road and press as much as they do and that's something you rely on to get baskets.
On Wilcox's 22 points and the new offense
I would say tonight it was a quiet 85 points. It was a low possession game in a lot of cases and we shot 54% and I thought we got great shots. We were 53% from the three-point line and 73% from the foul line and we got to the foul line a lot. I thought the offense tonight created great balance to make the defense pay. Four guys were in double figures and if Andrew Andrews made a free throw we would have five guys in double figures. If you're executing hopefully that's what happens.
On starting Jernard Jarreau
I think it was a combination of a couple of things. Jernard is long, and if you rated your best defenders, he wouldn't be the best defender but he makes things happen. He's long, he gets deflections and he blocks shots. On the offensive end he's very comfortable up there in the high post. That's one part of it. On the second part, Desmond brings so much energy coming off the bench. Him and Andrews coming off the bench, right now the level of energy goes straight up when they come off the bench. So it was a combination of a couple of things.
On Jarreau and Aziz N'Diaye playing together down low
Defensively it could present some problems at times, but again Jernard is versatile enough he can come in and cover the perimeter and do a decent job.
On averaging in the top of the conference in rebounding
Based on what Aziz did tonight, I think our team does have the capability finish in the top this year. Jon Brockman averaged double digits in rebounding for three years. And 9.4, 9.6 his freshman year. I always felt Aziz could average a double-double. And our guards can chip away and I think we could be a good rebounding team. Especially if we can box out.
Aziz N'Diaye, Senior
On overall thoughts about the game:
First game of the season, we've been looking forward to it for a while, we've had a lot of practices. I think we started a little bit slow, turning the ball over, but after that we got a little more comfortable in the second half and that helped us.
On what changed after halftime and helped pull away:
At halftime Romar told us to be more solid and take care of the ball better, they were running the press from the start and we were being hesitant. But in the second half we were more comfortable bringing the ball up and that helped us in the second half.
On their defense:
We always work on trying to get stops, and we did a pretty good job stopping their players and they are a solid team, and we give them credit for coming in here and challenging us, you know we've just got to keep it up.
On his rebounding:
Just being the big man, I've got to protect the paint. I've just got to hustle for rebounds and try and get second shots and with Shawn being out I just have to step it up. I'm just trying to give my all and help my teammates out.
Abdul Gaddy, senior
On difference between first and second halves:
We had some jitters first half. We just knew that we had to guard better in the second half and keep them off the rebounds. They're a team that scraps a lot, a team that scores off loose balls and getting offensive rebounds. So we knew that we had to do those things, and that's something that we need to get better at still.
On dealing with full-court press:
Second half we did much better. We took care of the ball. They took the press off once we started beating them down the middle and attacking the press, getting easy shots.
On confidence coming off win:
We just need to keep building from this game. I'm confident in our abilities as a team. We have enough talent to be an NCAA Tournament team, we just have to make sure that we give 100% every day--including practices--and going into the games.
On offensive flow:
I thought we did pretty well. We know we want to get the ball to certain people in certain places--especially C.J. and Scott, we really want to find them. We played well off them. And sometimes we look for Aziz so we can have a good inside attack. So I think the main things is we just need to keep getting better at timing in our offense.
On how to help out Aziz down low:
The main thing is to knock down shots. If we're knocking down shots teams won't double him so he can have more space to operate down there. He usually gets to the free throw line a lot, he just has to make sure he keeps knocking down his free throws.
Scott Suggs, senior
On first official game in a while:
It felt good to get to go out and play again. We got the win so everything's good.
On picking up 3rd foul in 1st half:
I was upset with that. Everybody else did a good job at making sure we stayed in the game, despite some calls that were made. We did a good job at overcoming that.
C.J. Wilcox, junior
On hit to the head:
I tried to take a charge, and his shoulder hit my head and my neck jerked really quick. I just got a little stinger, but it went away after a little.
On having the hot hand with Suggs second half:
It was great, especially with Abdul and Andrew. Once we hit a couple, they know to keep feeding us the ball. And when both of us are hitting, it's tough to guard us, so of course it's fun when everything is going in. But when things aren't going the right way we still have to play the same way on defense.
On confidence coming off win:
I'm always confident in our team and our ability, we just need to learn how to maintain our focus for 40 minutes and keep getting better.
Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos
Playing Lorenzo Romar, [he's a] great guy. Great trip - learned a lot about Seattle. Had a good time, had a good first half. They're just a little more talented than we are. Great experience and we'll remember playing on a historic court. They shot the 3-ball really well. I think the problem was that we get tired as the game goes, [our] three-point shooters missed. But other than that it was a great experience and Lorenzo is a really good guy.
What can you take away from this game?
The experience of playing. We went to the NCAA [tournament] last year. We played Kentucky and we were down four at half time. We were down two against West Virginia. I can't have a practice half as good as [today's game]. That gets us ready. For us, we have to win three games in March. We did that last year. We'll learn from this [game]. We had a couple guys out, but it was a great experience and fans were good and it was a great place to play. It was a good trip. Just in the second half we got tired and they made 3's. We learned from that.
These are money games for us. These are revenue generators for us. I'm in the best business town in America - Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon - I know business, too. For us, it's about funding our program in different ways and providing great experiences for players.
Loyola did a great job, by coming out here as a University and representing. Seeing UW and seeing Seattle and learning. They're a great program - they got a bunch of championship banners up here. It was great and we would do it again if we could.