Game Talk: Notes and quotes from ASU/UA

Arizona and Arizona State battled at McKale both figuratively and literally. The Cats not only won the game, but also won the battle on the boards. The Cats outrebounded the Devils by five after going minus-20 on the glass against the L.A. schools.

Lute Olson -- "This definitely was a battle. I give ASU a lot of credit for the way they battled. ASU is a tough team, and they work hard and defend hard. They make it difficult for teams to run their plays. They did a great job defending us. They also have quickness at the guard spots."

"We are going to get a little break at the end of the week. We still have to make sure that we are ready for next Thursday night."

"Salim (Stoudamire) did an outstanding job, and Jason (Gardner) knocked down some big shots down the stretch."

"We jumped on them early, but they did a great job coming back. It was difficult for us to get great looks. We got some help inside with Isaih Fox, who did a nice job with 12 boards. We need to have that from thise guys inside."

ASU coach Rob Evans – " This was a hard fought game. Arizona jumped on us and our guys fought back. Our team never gave up. Our kids played hard. We remained in a zone. We had to take guys out because they were just running out of gas."

"All of our games are physical. Oregon and USC are the most physical games. If we don't make free throws, especially on the road, it is going to be a struggle. Our focus is just on winning basketball games."

On Chad Prewitt

"He hurt his foot. He's going to have it examined when we get back. It happened when he went up for a three. Either he stepped on someone's foot or someone stepped on his."

Curits (Millage) is a great competitor. He's going to get better and better."

Isaiah Fox –"I had a pretty good week of practice. I think coach wanted to have a more physical presence in there and he started me to help out on rebounds. Channing is doing a great job and he pushes me in practice everyday. He might start the next game, you never know."

On losing an 18-point lead – "I think we got comfortable because we went up in a hurry. But we expected to win. We had control but we should have don a better job."

Luke Walton --"I didn't do much to help the team tonight. The freshmen came out and played well and Ricky (Anderson) hit the offensive boards well."

"This was definitely the worst game I've played, missing lay-ins and turning the ball over. I was just happy that my team played as well as they did tonight."

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