Washington Post-Game Quotes

At the final buzzer Thursday night, it was Stanford standing on the right side of a one-point win for the second straight game. There were numerous heroes for the Cardinal in the 78-77 win over #24-ranked Washington. Anthony Goods put on a show at point guard; Robin Lopez dominated Spencer Hawes; and Lawrence Hill again had final-minute magic. That trio plus Trent Johnson talked after the victory.

Head coach Trent Johnson

Opening statement:

"It was nice to play well at home.  30 out of 55 from the field - we shot the ball at home.  We beat a really, really good team.  A really good team.  At crucial times during the game, in the first half and the second half, I thought our defense was pretty good.  They're very skilled.  Very skilled, athletic, and they can shoot it.  There was a period or two there where I didn't know if we could get stops.  But we managed to find a way down the stretch.  It was a good win.  It's a big win for us."

On his concern for Washington's second-chance baskets:

"Well, no question.  Rebounding is always a concern.  I attribute that to Spencer [Hawes] and Jon [Brockman].  Jon's a handful.  He's been playing like that since he was five years old.  Very physical, very quick to the ball.  We knew that coming in.  For the most part, I thought we did a decent job when we needed to.  Breakdowns are going to occur defensively when you are playing a team of that caliber.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of teams in this conference of that caliber.  The key is for us to push through at crucial times and to get crucial stops."

On Stanford's reaction to the Huskies' zone defense:

"Fine.  Number one, I thought it was good for us because when teams zone us, it limits their transition opportunities on the offensive end.  It gives us a blow, gives us a chance to play big and play on the halfcourt.  We were fine.  I've always said this, and I think it speaks volumes with what Anthony just said: as long as they shoot aggressively and with confidence, I don't have a problem.  You're going to make some; you're going to miss some."

On Washington State:

"They're predominately juniors and seniors.  They're a veteran team.  They're a team who at the Pac-10 Media Day everybody said would be down, but there was no question in my mind that they were going to be good.  They're for real.  They play on the halfcourt.  They really defend you.  They don't have 'athletes' so to speak, but they're really position conscious.  It's going to be no different a game than it has been since I've been here.  We've beaten them three times, and they've beaten us twice.  You could flip a coin on a possession here and there.  We're going to have to get off our feet as soon as possible, and get this game behind us.  It's nice to win, but we have to get this thing behind us and get ready for the Cougars.  We just beat the [24th]-ranked team in the country.  Now we have the 23rd coming in here."

Sophomore forward Lawrence Hill

On determination not to lose:

"It's a great way to come out and finish the game like we did.  I think it's really important that our team knows not to give up, no matter what.  The last two games, we've been able to do that.  It feels good, yeah.  That's what we're working for - trying to get the win."

On winning back-to-back one-point games in the final minute:

"Any win is great.  The way we won today and on Sunday, it doesn't happen.  I'm just proud of our guys coming out and playing hard.  Robin's tip at Virginia was key.  Fred getting the steal at the end of today.  Taj coming off the bench and putting it away for us.  As long as we have that in the close games and the blow-aways, which we haven't had many.  That makes me proud of my guys."

On having a game-winning shot opportunity three games in a row:

"I feel that's just the way the game can go.  Anyone can get that.  What I have been thinking about mostly is: will our team be able to get some stops?  We have been able to do that, and that's what we have to do on Saturday."

Sophomore guard Anthony Goods

On shooting a high percentage at home (finally):

"We just came out and shot the ball with confidence.  Coach has been stressing to live in the moment and knock it down.  Don't worry about the past or the future.  Just try to knock down open shots that we've been shooting all day in practice.  Just carry it over to the game."

On playing aggressive with his offense after knocking down early shots:

"I just try to stay aggressive, no matter what.  They were jumping in the passing lanes, so at times I didn't have anybody to pass to on the perimeter.  They were fronting the post as well, so they only option to relieve pressure was to drive.  I just took what the defense gave me and tried to make a play."

On his feeling after this game:

"This win feels exhausting.  I'm tired, cramping.  It was a tough game.  They're a great team.  It's good to get the win, but as Coach said, we have to move forward and put this behind us."

Freshman center Robin Lopez

On playing against Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes:

"Spencer is very talented offensively, and Jon is just relentless on the boards.  It kind of shows you the importance of rebounding.  I mean, how many putbacks did he have?  That really kept the game close.  It showed me some things I still need to work on, like rebounding.  I only had three rebounds this game and can improve."

On the confidence that comes with these last two wins:

"Yeah, it gives us confidence.  If things are down, we keep pushing, keep playing hard and just bear down, things will work out."


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