British Columbia Post-Game Quotes

It was a sluggish start for Stanford Tuesday night, but the Card cranked with defense and in transition the final 20 minutes, surging to a 79-59 win. Afterward, Trent Johnson talked about the performance and lessons. Senior Fred Washington was excited to play again, focused on defense. Freshman Robin Lopez was a man of few words in his first post-game presser, following a foul-shortened evening.

Head coach Trent Johnson

Opening statement

"I thought that shots didn't go down for us in the first half, but I thought defensively we did a good job at the start of the second half.  The ball started to drop for us.  We had an opportunity to play a lot of guys, and they did a good job.  It was nice to come out of a game that hotly contested with healthy bodies.  Healthy bodies - right, Fred?"

On halftime comments to the team

"These guys know that I don't worry about shots.  We were getting open shots, and we were executing well.  Sometimes you're going to have nights like that.  Fred gave us a lot of energy at the start of the second half.  We got out in transition and got some easy looks, and our defense took over from there."

On feedback from Taj Finger regarding his back during the game

"Well, Taj, like a lot of guys on this team, is not going to complain about being hurt.  He's not going to tell you that he wants out, especially during a game.  It was pretty obvious that he was winded at some times, and when Fred went down early in the first half, I was a little concerned there.  But he came back and told me that he was fine.  We don't have many places to go in terms of depth at those two positions, but these guys are doing a good job.  Taj said he was fine, but I have to monitor his minutes because of his back.  Again, he hadn't practiced at all for five days, and the last two days was the first day and a half that he's been out there.  We need to be careful."

On areas of improvement after this exhibition

"Well, we always can do a better job of taking care of the ball.  I thought that there were times where we were in a hurry.  We had 17 assists and 17 turnovers.  Then also, we need to do a better job guarding the ball.  There were situations a lot where we were called for reaching fouls, and we weren't moving our feet.  That's all correctable, but that's what you expect when you're playing extremely hard and you have guys doing what you want them to do and competing at a high level.  Those are all correctable."

Senior forward Fred Washington

On feeling good to play again

"Yeah, it's been a while.  It's been a long time."

On his progress as a senior ahead of his previous three years

"If we're going to go anywhere this year, it's going to be on the defensive end.  I was limping around out there for a little bit, but me, Taj and the older guys have to set the tone out there defensively.  Or else, we're going to repeat what happened last year.  We have to lock people down.  We only gave up 20-something points in the first half.  We were playing pretty well.  We just weren't knocking shots down.  If we keep that defensive intensity up all year, there is no limit to what we can do.  If we keep Robin in the game, get his brother back and get Peter back, we're a pretty solid defensive team.  If we keep that up, we can surprise some people.  Not ourselves, but other people."

Freshman center Robin Lopez

On foul trouble in his first college game experience

"Of course, it was my first college game, so it was going to be interesting.  I've learned that I need to work on positioning, both offensively and defensively."

On his frustration with five fouls and 11 minutes

"Of course, it's a bit frustrating.  I just need to work on my positioning and work on my teamwork out on the court."

On his long-awaited first game at Maples Pavilion

"It was a fun experience."


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