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Washington 85, Stanford 73
Release: 03/12/2009
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March 12, 2009

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Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

General Comments:
"Going into this game we knew how hard Stanford has played us. They are dangerous offensively and we did a good job to get a victory. We probably turned the ball over too many times. We were a little bit sloppy but we did a good job in the second half of converting and stepped up and did very well. We are just excited that we are advancing in the tournament."

On Stanford settling for perimeter shots:
"Anytime you play against someone, if you can get them to take contested perimeter shots you have a better chance to come out on top. They can really shoot the three ball and obviously when they are hitting them they are really hard to deal with. We did a pretty good job for the most part of contesting those threes."

On Elston Turner:
"They were huge as we were having trouble taking care of the basketball and not really having an offensive rhythm he gave us a little breathing room with those threes right before the half. I thought it was a great momentum builder for us going into the second half. Elston is capable of coming in and hitting five or six."

On no player having to play more than 32 minutes:
"If we could afford to do that then that is what we were going to do. We tried to substitute with that in mind. We do have a pretty deep bench and we can go to our bench and give guys breathers."

On the deep bench rotation:
"When we rotate people and get into our bench a lot and we can throw other people at them we can take advantage of other teams that maybe don't go as deep into their bench. They were shooting the jump shot and were a little more worn out."

Looking ahead to ASU:
"ASU play us to the wire and really make us work. We are going to have to do a great job and determining the pace. They are really, really difficult to play against."

On playing an opponent who played on the first night:
"Hopefully you work hard enough that you earn the first night off and get to play someone who just played. That is kind of your reward for doing a good job in the conference. Again, we are trying to keep bodies fresh lets us take advantage of the opportunities we have."

On Stanford's possible fatigue from playing yesterday:
"It seemed like towards the end there were a couple of air balls that came up short and maybe that was the case. I thought earlier in the game as we were going up and down that maybe that would be in our favor, and maybe it was."

On staying with it when shots are not falling:
"I think we specifically told that to our guys. If you start making the easy ones then others will start falling. Offense is a lot more mental than defense. On defense you can just grit your teeth and get it done. You have to be focused and have a cool mind on offense."

On the play of forward Quincy Pondexter: "I thought for whatever reason he was just a little tentative in the first half. He has been doing really well for us. He helped us get a championship and we thought right off the bat we would go to him and get him involved."

On not having mental breakdowns in games:
"I don't think so. This group has been fantastic at keeping the focus. Our seniors like Jon are constantly in guys' ears talking about defense and not letting down. They have been there before where they have been let down in the past and they know the ramifications of let downs."

On the play of guard Venoy Overton:
Washington Guard Isaiah Thomas

On playing an early game: "It is somewhat, but it is an early game and we just have to be ready. We came out in the second half and did a better job but we need to be better on the defensive end."

On his nine rebounds in the game: "They came up long and I was out there and they popped to me. It is not like I was like Brockman running after them."

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