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Post Game Press Conference Quotes and Notes
Release: 03/19/2006
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March 19, 2006

Lorenzo Romar | Brandon Roy | Bobby Jones | Game Notes

On the game:
"That was a great ballgame. I'm not just saying that because we won. That Illinois team is a team that as soon as we made a few mental mistakes in the first half down the stretch, bam, we were behind on a 12-2 run or whatever it was. In the second half whenever we made mistakes they capitalized on those. That is the mark of a very good basketball team. You just have to give (credit), obviously to these guys that are here (
Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones) but also Mike Jensen. They did tremendous jobs, we felt, on Illinois' two players Dee Brown and James Augustine. Augustine hurt us in the first half - 13 points. Mike Jensen did a great job of trying to deny him the basketball and I don't think we could have won the game without it. What made me so proud was they stuck together. They continued to guard, continued to put the heat on. We were able to get (Illinois) into foul trouble. These guys put a lot of pressure on them."

On Mike Jensen defending Illinois' James Augustine:
"Throughout Mike Jensen's career he has guarded some great basketball players: Channing Frye, Andrew Bogut, Ike Diogu, and Leon Powe. He has done a phenomenal job in his four years for us. We always feel that if they've got a post player that is really good, then Mike (Jensen) can do a good job. Mike wasn't on him the entire time in the first half and there were some mental lapses. When Mike decided to knuckle down and really try to prevent him from catching the basketball - he was strong, he was smart enough to do it - and there it was. We've got a lot of confidence in Mike in being able to do that."

On Illinois head coach Bruce Weber:
"Coach Weber is unbelievable. They run such good stuff. They play such good defense. You've got to give him a lot of credit for just how they were able to isolate him (James Augustine) and take advantage of our defensive scheme's early on. Give him a lot of credit for that."

On defending Illinois' Dee Brown on the final possession:
"We were okay because if it had been a situation where maybe they needed to score a basket or it was a one-point lead, maybe a little more fearful because maybe he could have gone around him. Knowing that Jamaal (Williams) has long arms and that he is a smart basketball player, he was going to make sure he contested that shot."

On possibly fouling on the final possession:
"The only reason it crossed my mind was because after that Stanford game I've been asked that question 7,003 times. I did think about it and say well, here is that situation again. Given the fact that we have been in that situation a half a dozen times this year and we've lost one time, the other times we didn't lose. We lost one time. We had to go with the percentages."

On beating Illinois:
"For us, we've played tough teams in the Pac-10 so we felt we were capable of beating tough teams. The reason this means so much is because we are back in the Sweet 16. It didn't matter who we were playing against. We won the second round, and we are going to Washington D.C. It didn't matter who we were playing against, we knew we had to win this game to advance and we did. Obviously, all of us looked forward to playing Illinois because they are a high profile team and have been very successful. As a competitor you want to play against the best, what the best has to offer. Beyond that, the win means we advance."

On this being the type of game he expected:
"Absolutely. If you look at the statistics there were so many (categories), it was very close - I think it was dead even on the boards. You guys may have hit a nerve with Bobby (Jones) when you bring up the soft thing. He is not close to being soft, at all. We've had two games where we were ouy-toughed this year - at Washington State and at Oregon in the first round (of the Pac-10 tournament). For whatever reason, everybody ran with that and said maybe we are a soft team. We're not a soft team at all. You can't manufacture toughness all of the sudden. If that wasn't in us we couldn't have won that game today if we weren't a tough team."

On Illinois forward James Augustine and the inside game:
"It was all mental. Like coach says, whenever we make mistakes, it wasn't because they were doing something great, it was because we weren't doing our principles. When we were in the huddle in one of the timeouts, they made it simple that if we don't stop him, they're going to have a great chance to win. Coach looked at Mike (Jensen), Mike looked at him and Mike came to the conclusion, this could be it for him, so might as well go out like there's no tomorrow, which there isn't. We just wanted to make it as hard as possible for him to score. He's great and everything, but you have one great player and you have five other people on the court trying to stop him, that makes it hard for him to score."

On guarding Illinois guard Dee Brown:
"That dude is fast. We already knew from day one how quick he was. He's an All-American, he was player of the year last year in his conference, went to the championship game and if he didn't get hurt last year, he'd probably be in the NBA. I looked at it as a challenge and I like to rise to those kind of challenges. I feel good when I can I say stopped and I slowed down some of the best players in the country, because that's what I do best. I love to play defense and I just want to make it hard for them, because as a team, everybody has to do a little bit of something. What I thrive on is playing defense and sticking the best players and just bugging them and annoying them. I feel like that's what I did today, contest every shot--get in on them and don't let anything seem easy for 40 minutes. He played a lot of minutes already, so on top of that, he should be pretty tired, because I know I am, chasing him around all game."

On the current reputation of Washington:
"We're going to play the way we know how to play. We played probably the toughest team in America, UCLA, twice and won both games, at their place and at our place. It doesn't get any tougher than them. We never back down from anybody. Just because a couple bad situations happened to us, and where we had to be the bigger men and take the situation on the nose, that doesn't mean anything about us being soft. I hope this game proved to everybody that we're not soft, because everybody's seen Illinois one of the toughest teams in the Big Ten."

Justin Dentmon's four-point play:
"Like we've been saying the last half of the season, Justin Dentmon, he's labeled as a freshman. But we don't look at him as a freshman anymore. He's had experience all season long. He's stepped up in many big games and tonight we said, 'J.D. just go out there, have fun.' And he's not afraid; the kid's a warrior. It's late-game situations and I look over there and he wants the ball. I'm smiling like hey, this is cool. This kid has heart. When he hit that shot, came back and knocked his free throw down, that really made us feel like we had a chance to win this game. He stepped up big time."

On Illinois' defense:
"I still think UCLA did a great job, but that was a great defensive effort by them. They were physical, they were banging me, coming off screens they were grabbing me. It's just one of those games and I knew it was. Coach (Cameron) Dollar came to me and said, 'get to the free throw line, keep penetrating, keep fighting and don't shy away from the contact.' I think I did a pretty good job to keep attacking those guys, but they're a great team and to beat them, it was going to take a 40 minute effort from us."

On coming back after Illinois' big run at the end of the first half:
"Coach came in at halftime and said, if we were down by 14 in the first half, we probably would have made a run too because we're a good team and Illinois is a very good team, so they're definitely going to make runs. When they made their run, coach came to us and said, look, this is their run now let's make ours. I think we did a great job of answering the bell. They hit us with some punches, but it was a total team effort. Everybody stepped up and made plays. We knew it was going to be a game of runs. They have good players and they're going to make plays, but we feel like we have some talented players and we could make some plays too. It was just a matter of who was going to make the most plays down the stretch and we did a better job than they did."

Washington advances to the Sweet 16 and will play the winner of first-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky on Friday.

  • Today's meeting marks the first time Washington and Illinois have met in NCAA Tournament history. The two teams have played five times previously with the Huskies holding a 3-2 edge. The two teams have met once previously on a neutral court with Washington winning, 81-68, in Portland, Ore., in 1977.
  • Today's game marked the fifth NCAA Tournament game for Illinois against a Pac-10 opponent (3-2)
  • Washington will be making its fourth trip to the Sweet 16 (0-3) in school history
  • Washington has a perfect 4-0 record this season against ranked opponents
  • The Huskies are now 8-2 vs. NCAA Tournament qualifiers
  • The Huskies now have a 3-0 all-time record at Cox Arena
  • Brandon Roy's 14 free-throw attempts tied Donald Watts (3/12/92) for the most by a Washington player in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Brandon Roy set a new Husky record for free-throw makes in an NCAA Tournament game with 11. The previous school-best mark was 10, which was set on two occasions.
  • Brandon Roy (21 pts.) reached 20-plus points for the eighth time this season
  • Washington has not lost a game this season to an opponent outside the Pac-10 Conference, holding a 13-0 non-conference record
  • Washington's bench outscored Illinois' bench, 18-9, including a 13-3 advantage in the first half
  • Illinois scored 38 points in the paint to Washington's 20
  • Three Illinois players scored in double digits (Augustine - 19, Brown - 15, McBride - 13)
  • Washington's Brandon Roy led all scorers with 21 points. He scored 49 points in Washington's two wins in San Diego
  • Washington's Jamaal Williams tied a career-high with three blocked shots
  • Washington has a 17-0 record when holding its opponents to under 70 points
  • Washington is 22-2 when outrebounding its opponents this season
  • Illinois' largest lead of the game was 11 points (51-40 at 13:22 of the second half)
  • Illinois scored 14 of the first 16 points in the second half as Washington missed their first six shots from the field
  • Illinois made nine of its first 15 shots in the second half while Washington converted three of its first 13
  • Washington led by as many as 14 points in the first half (28-14 at 4:45)
  • Illinois closed out the first half on a 19-7 scoring run
  • After Washington scored the first six points of the game, Illinois' scored the next nine. Washington then went on to score the next 14 points to open a 23-11 lead
  • Washington led, 35-33, at halftime
  • There were seven ties and six lead changes in the first half
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