Game Talk: Olson praises the McKale faithful
"This is the loudest I have ever heard them," Olson said of the McKale crowd. "We've always been able to count on the crowd giving us a lift. It stayed loud for a long, long time. No way we could have done it without the noise. They have a feel for the game. They gave us an unbelievable lift. "The crowd got thei money's worth," Olson continued. "We got our money's worth from the crowd." Wildcat players agreed with their coach. "This was the most exciting game I have ever played in," said Channing Frye. "The crowd was rediculous. I have never been in a game when the fans were that loud. After I made the dunk and got the foul I didn't think I was going to make the free-throw I was so pumped. "To have fans who stay for the whole game is a big factor. Our fans stuck behind us ans we were able to deliver for them." "The crowd was unbelivable for us," said Rick Anderson. "The fans could see that we needed an extra spark out there and helped is keep up the intensity." "The croed made a big difference in our comeback," added Will Bynum. "The crowd was a big factor," said Billy Knight. "They got to us." "We need to teach our younger guys that this is the loudest place in the country," said Matt Barnes. It's was a great atmosphere and home-court advantage." The Cats were confidant in their ability to make the comeback, but they knew defense was the key. "We had to stay within striking distance so we could make that Arizona run," said Luke Walton. "Jason was in the hudle, yelling at us, telling us we're not our of this, we're going to win this game." "We never gave up today and that is what let us back in the game," Bynum said. "We knew that we had to turn up our defense in the second half. Our defense gave us a spark that got us the win." "They made some good runs and we didn't get organized," said UCLA coach Steve Lavin. "We knew they were going to make a run." "Our defensive pressure in the second half was key," said Olson. "A big key to the defense was the play of our freshmen guards."
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