UW vs. UC Irvine
University of Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Opening Statement: That wasn’t a whole lot of fun out there. Early on we gave up far too much dribble penetration and allowed them to stay right there with us. The game was close. They continued to score inside. They had a ton of points in the paint by half time. I believe out of their 38, they had 22 or 26 in the paint. Some crazy number like that and it wasn’t all just post play. They were getting to the rim on us, we didn’t do a very good job. At the end of the half I think we closed the half out the way we would have liked to and then the second half just came out so flat. Mamadou [Ndiaye] maybe played his best game since he’s been in college but he was a factor around the rim, he blocked nine shots. I think he got in our heads a little bit. Getting things around the rim, they were sitting back in that zone and he was back there, he was a factor. Forty points between their two front line players is a killer. They shoot 60 something percent in the second half. We just didn’t do a very good job tonight defensively.
On how they had planned on guarding Ndiaye:
We were hoping that we would play him one on one and see if he could beat us but we weren’t planning on [Will] Davis scoring 22. We were caught playing behind him at times, in front of him at times and that was not what we had talked about in the scout. We were inconsistent in our execution and he took advantage of it.
On how to adjust with having two players out injured:
As we go on some players have to adjust to those players being out. Jernard [Jarreau] is so good against zone, in the middle of the zone. He gets the ball and is such a good play maker and can knock the shot down. We didn’t have that tonight and it hurt a little. Not being able to make plays against it at times. We were tentative. Desmond [Simmons] and Jernard are also good defenders down there. We’re going to have to step up and that can’t happen. There are other teams who have good front lines and we have to do a better job.
On how they used the four-position on offense:
We were trying multiple people through that spot to see what might stick. Someone will emerge as we play, someone will be able to step up and do that. Tonight we just weren’t able to get that done.
On how Nigel Williams-Goss played:
I though he played hard, he attacked. A couple of the shots he got around the rim, normally you don’t have a guy blocking them. I thought Nigel put forth a pretty good effort but we couldn’t find a way to keep their guards out of the paint.