Washington 80, Oregon State 79
February 14, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"What I'm going to say is probably going to shock all of you. We dodged a bullet. We got out-scrapped tonight. You hate to be in a position when you lose a ballgame to say this loss is going to help us learn. Hopefully we can learn from this in a victory. I'd much rather learn a lesson in a victory. The lesson being to be really good there's no room for nights off. We shoot 64 percent in the first half, shoot 52 percent for the game, we made some plays, but mentally we just were distracted for whatever reason. This is not a good game for that. No game in the Pac-10 is."
On Oregon State:
"We talked about Oregon State's team and that they were very feisty and I don't care what their record is, they're doing a heck of a job with that team. They're young, they don't have any seniors, they fight, they scrap, they play with a purpose every game. We knew we were going to be in for a fight. We give them a lot of credit. They had a chance to win the game. They played hard enough to win the game. Fortunately for us we were able to come up with a stop at the end and win the game ourselves."
On Bobby Jones Shooting Right After Getting The Late Offensive Rebound:
"That's something we talked about quite a bit with Bobby over the last two year. Bobby's so intense, so aggressive that when he gets it he's so determined he wants to go right back up with it. He's gotten so much better with it but now there's 21 seconds on the clock, you're up one and you've got to bring that one back out. Bobby knew right away what he did and Bobby's not one that's going to make excuses. I'm glad we were able to get the victory because we as a team wouldn't have felt good. But you also got to look at how many times Bobby's been there for us for the win."
On Defending OSU's Last Possession:
"Mike (Jensen) did a fantastic job of fronting him (David Lucas) so they couldn't get him the ball right away. They had success in the game prior to that. We didn't get around and got caught in between and they got easy baskets. The last time Mike played him good. Our guys did a good job keeping (J.S.) Nash in front of them and then that last rebound our guys were not going to be out hustled. Our guys were crashing into each other, you could see that they put it together on that last stop."
On the Last Meeting, Washington Comeback and Overtime Win:
"I don't think there's any question they remembered that game. They were up 16 points on us with six minutes to go in that game and it's been well-documented that that's what got us going, that come from behind victory. And they came after us."
On David Lucas:
"Wow, he's a good player. Ike Diogu for the last year and a half has been the post player (in the Pac-10) that's hard to stop but David Lucas is right there. If you look at his boxes from every game he does that to everyone. He has an impact in every game, he's a good basketball player."
On Winning Close Games:
"Obviously, as a staff we're a little disappointed we didn't play better but if we're claiming to be a team that's a better team, a team that has aspirations for the postseason, you win games like that sometimes. The important thing is you win it. Last year I don't know if we win that game. Not to compare us at all with Stanford, maybe the best team in the country, but we all saw the Arizona game and what happened at the end. Somehow they won the game. I give our guys a lot of credit for that, somehow they won the game."
On the Defensive Gameplan Before Last Play:
"We wanted to make sure we played the on-ball screen a certain way and they didn't go to that. But they had bothered us a little bit with penetration from their guards with their on-ball so we talked about how to defend it."
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JAY JOHN
"We have been through this type of game before. Washington has a young team and they did a good job, but we are obviously competing. My guys are resilient and they are battlers and they came back with a chance to win the game. I wasn't happy with our last two possessions and I would have liked to get the ball into David Lucas' hands. Washington has a lot of athletes and they were going to make it hard for us, but I would have liked to have David with the ball."
On Brandon Roy:
"Brandon Roy is an outstanding basketball player and he played a great game. He was a factor in the first half and even though he didn't shoot he played the game and got the other guys on the court the ball. I think he did a great job trying to be more effective in the second half. I wish he wouldn't have shot any shots and we would have won the game."
On having a young team:
"Sometimes it's hard with young players, but Washington is as equally as young. They got to the middle the whole time in the first half and we did a better job stopping them in the second half. We need to stop allowing the easy baskets inside and that is something we will continue to get better at. We are in the second year of a major rebuilding process which we needed badly."