Karnowski, Wesley Talk UCLA Win

Full transcript from the Gonzaga student-athletes post-game press conference featuring Przemek Karnowski and Byron Wesley, courtesy ASAP Sports...

THE MODERATOR: We're joined now by Gonzaga student-athletes Przemek Karnowski and Byron Wesley.

Q. This question is for Przemek. Pretty soft stat line for both teams for this game. The difference was rebounding. Tell me how you feel about your play, your post play this evening?

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI: I tried to establish myself down low and give guys support just to throw it down low, and I thought they did a great job of finding me there, especially Kevin, Byron and Kyle. So, I thought the game was very physical, and I thought we showed that we can battle on the glass with everyone.

Q. This is for Karnowski, too. Can you talk about the first of the second half, whenever they cut it to one and you had that big run and you were dominant, what was working well there?

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI: Like I said, my teammates found me down low when I was cutting, rolling from pick and roll, they tried to ice the pick and roll. We had our way to solve it, and I thought they did a great job just finding me on those rolls, and I had a great opportunity to finish.

Q. For both players, could you tell us how telling it is about this team that when you have a shooting night like you did tonight, you can still win in such a decisive manner?

BYRON WESLEY: I think it says a lot about this team. We know we're a really talented offensive team. On nights like tonight when we're able to win by double digits and even not having our best shooting night, I think it says a lot.

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI: I thought, like you said, we didn't have a good shooting night, but like I mentioned before, we did a great job on the rebounding, especially on offense, so I thought it was a huge factor for us.

Q. This is for Karnowski. I was just wondering, back in Poland, when was the first time you watched the NCAA Tournament?

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI: Probably 2009, something like that. You have to be up until like 2:00 a.m, 3:00 a.m. to watch those games. For me, it was always a dream to be here and, you know, to play deep in the NCAA Tournament, and right now I'm here and I'm trying to enjoy every second of it.

Q. For Karnowski, there was the little couple plays there where you found Sabonis a couple times, once on a dunk and once kind of behind the back pass. How fun was that?

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI: Coach did a great job calling the play. We saw they tried to double me from the other big guy, and I found him and I know he'll finish the plays down low.

Q. Byron, obviously it was difficult to shoot facing the basket in this one for both teams. Was there a reason for that? Was it just the setting in the gym or was it something else?

BYRON WESLEY: I can't speak for rest of my team, personally I didn't really realize the depth perception or anything like that once the ball rolled out on the court. Just a regular basketball game to me. I'll talk to some of my teammates and see if they had some trouble.


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