Basketball Travelers Classic
Washington 99, Pepperdine 91
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON COACH Lorenzo Romar
"We started off strong and then got a little relaxed offensively and let our guard down. We tried some experimental passes and we didn't finish some plays. They hung in there and they didn't go away. They just didn't quit, give them a lot of credit. It would be very interesting to follow that team both this year and the years to come because they are a good team. I thought we were prepared and I thought that we did a pretty good job defending them for a long stretch, but what they do is make you play the full 40 minutes. As you saw as the game went on they began to get more and more open looks.
"I am also proud of our guys. We made some mistakes and we don't understand yet how they played into the game, but those are things that will come and those are things that we will learn. Our guys did a lot of good things tonight.
"John Brockman was out on the perimeter tonight for 20 plus minutes and he did a pretty good job with a double-double. Quincy (Pondexter) did a nice job out there and everybody keeps asking what Spencer (Hawes) can do. Once you see Spencer out there, he can pass and it may be the best thing that he does. He had seven assists tonight and he did a real nice job. Overall I don't like the way we finished but I think that we are going to get better.
On playing so many freshmen:
"I don't think that we have done that since my first year here when we had four freshmen. We have been watching these guys practice real hard, so we wanted to get them out there."
On when Spencer Hawes join the starting lineup:
"I think that when you watch him play it is kind of hard to keep him on the bench."
PEPPERDINE HEAD COACH VANCE WALBERG
"They are very talented, and they are young and they are very experienced. And we are young and inexperienced. It's just one of those things you know, we started slow, we kind of put ourselves in a little bit of trouble right there. At least the one thing I am proud of is that we just didn't quit. Lorenzo (Romar) does a great job with those guys and they are just killers on the boards. We just have to learn how to take care of the ball better too. We turned it over 20 some odd times and our goal for this game was 16."
On Troubles in the Halfcout:
"It's just a whole new style to try and teach them. It just makes it so tough because we are so far behind, being a rookie coach, and a rookie style, and rookie system for them. We are just so far behind. I told the guys if they can just believe and keep working hard, little by little we are getting better and better."
On Washington's Style of Play:
"Well they just have so much speed, and not only do they have speed, but are very athletic with their speed and they shoot the ball well and they rebound the heck out of it."
On Jon Brockman:
"He weighs more than two of our guys together. And they're just tough. I don't know what to make of them. They know what it takes and that is important."
On the Potential of UW freshmen Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter:
"There is no limit. I'm from Fresno, so I know what Pondexter looks like. I've seen him enough, and I think he is going to be in the NBA one day also. He's got a lot of talent."