Game Talk: Arizona Defeats Washington

Arizona pulled out a victory over a very good Washington team to take control of the Pac-10. Reactions from the locker room were positive, but understanding that there is work to be done.

Head Coach Lute Olson:

On the Game:

"This game was an example of why people love college basketball. To see two teams come out with that kind of intensity for 40 minutes."

"Great game, by both teams. There was an unbelievable intensity the whole time. It was exciting. Good job of moving the ball and getting good looks."

On the Keys to the Game:

"Obviously the key for us was the way we shot the ball. Over 51% from two, 56% from three, and 95% from the free-throw line."

"They key was we were 38-40 from the free throw line. Up until that last one Mustafa [Shakur] missed, they were one off. Ten turnovers in the first half - in the second we only had seven. Washington had too many offensive rebounds."

"The key is that we held them to 38.6% from the field. They shot really well from the field usually."

On Washington:

"I think it was the first time all season that I didn't see Washington come out and press you the whole game."

On the Bench:

"I thought our bench again didn't get a whole lot of time, but the minutes they got were quality minutes."

On the Zone:

"We haven't really zoned during the course of the year, but we felt that it was important of us to get them to play half-court basketball on offense."

On the Game Plan:

"We wanted to control the tempo at their end. We made them pass the ball an awful lot before they got a shot."

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

On the Game:

"I knew it wouldn't be a blowout. They are an extremely good team. It came down to free throws in the end. They were pretty good tonight – crashing the glass. They just weren't patient."

"The toughest team won tonight. This is Arizona basketball. We get up and down the court. That's exactly what Coach Olson teaches."

On Washington:

"We knew they wouldn't be patient. They are an up and down team, too. We knew if we could get to them, they would force shots. We put guys out there that will get to them."

Senior Center Channing Frye:

On His Game:

"I had to sit down and think about what I was doing wrong. I have to let the game come to me. I know I can score buckets and get in there. The team and the crowd kept encouraging me."

On Chemisty:

"This was a sign of our team chemistry. We don't give up anything. If someone is going to beat us, they will have to really beat us. It's going to be a battle, especially at home."

On the Bench:

"With this type of competition and the bench comes in to get rebounds and points like they did, it's big. We need them to come in and help us out."

On Free-Throws:

"Free throws were huge for us. We work on those everyday. It's a great opportunity for us to get free points and easy buckets."

On Respect Between Pac-10 Teams:

"No, there wasn't any jawing out there. There is a level of respect among all Pac-10 teams. I just think about myself when I'm on the court. You have to acknowledge the crowd in a game like this. This was one of the loudest games I've played in."

Freshman Guard Jawann McClellan:

On the Game:

"This was a very big win for us. They beat us three times last year. They had a right to be favored in this game. We had to dig deep to pull a victory out in the end."

On Washington State:

"Everyone came and said that there is a lot of energy surrounding this game. We can't take Washington State lightly. We have to stay focused on defense and be ready for them."


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