ASU-Washington State Post-Game Quotes

Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek and guard Jamelle McMillan talk about ASU's 65-55 loss to the Cougars

Herb Sendek on the loss to Washington State:

"Their big three, if you will, really hurt us tonight. I thought Klay Thompson was sensational despite our efforts to know where he was and get to him. Every time he broke free he made us pay dearly. Aron Baynes was a force in the middle for us to contend with. (Taylor) Rochestie just does such a great job of setting the tempo and running their club. He always has a steady hand at the wheel. On the other end for us we have to make shots. It's probably no more complicated than that for our basketball team. Certainly give Washington State credit. They're not an easy team to score against. Nobody scores very many against them but when you have open looks you have to knock them down. We really haven't shot the ball at all since the Oregon weekend."

"They're a good defensive team. James (Harden) took a lot of shots tonight and ended up getting his points but they're not an easy team to score against. DeAngelo (Casto) did a good job."

Sendek on Klay Thompson:

"He has a pure beautiful shot. He has no wasted motion. He has length so he can get his shot over a number of smaller players. He also can take you one or two bounces and get to his mid range game as well. He's a very good player."

Sendek on the confidence of his team after a couple weak performances:

"I don't think we feel good about our shooting right now. How are you going to feel good about it?"

Coach Sendek also said he did not believe the lackluster performance was due to having the weekend off and that Jeff Pendergraph's injury was just a cramp.

Jamelle McMillan on Washington State's defense:

"They protect the paint. It's hard when you try to drive and you see four or five guys in front you. They keep guys in front of them and they box out when a shot goes up. They limit you to one possession and that makes them successful."

McMillan on what went wrong in the second half:

"I think they recognized personnel and adjusted very well and conversely we didn't knock down shots. They did a great job changing up the game plan as the game went on making it difficult on us."

McMillan on the team's shooting struggles:

"I'm not really sure what's going on to be honest. There are a variety of us, myself included, that can't get the ball in the basket. We just have to go back to getting repetitions. Their defense altered some our shots and that always makes it more difficult. A lot of us have to stop thinking about it and just let it go."

McMillan on whether he thought Klay Thompson was this good:

"I've seen him before. Not that good, but he's definitely improved the last couple years. Gets the shot off, off the dribble, catches shoots. I've seen him in summer in camps, AAU. One time in camp he was playing against me a lot so I've seen him before. He's gotten a little taller since then and he's really getting his shot off quick. He looks good."

McMillan on Coach Sendek's message after the game:

"We have to play better. We have a very physical team coming in here Saturday. Tonight we didn't shoot the ball well at all and defensively we didn't play well either. We have one day to prepare for the number one team in the conference so we just have to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow."

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