UCLA Post-Game Quotes

Everybody asked, after the Cardinal climbed back from 17 points down, how Stanford stormed to control the game versus UCLA in the second half Sunday night. Trent Johnson handed credit to the defense of Fred Washington on Arron Afflalo, while also explaining changes he made with his lineup. Washington, Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill also answered questions and gave insights after the 75-68 win.

Head coach Trent Johnson

Opening statement:

"Obviously we're pretty happy.  There is a saying we have in the locker room: 'Let's be happy.  Let's don't be satisfied.'  We beat a pretty good basketball; I'm pretty sure everybody is aware of that.  I thought for us to be down [17 points] and for the kids to keep their composure and keep fighting against a team like that was exceptional.  They need to enjoy this evening.  They need to get up and get ready to go to school in the morning.  We have a 3:30 practice because we have a good basketball team coming in here on Wednesday.  But they beat a really, really good team tonight, so we're pretty excited about that."

On the Stanford defense that kept Arron Afflalo in check the second half:

"I thought Fred [Washington] did a good job tagging and using his length and size.  Arron had 17 at the half, and he's good.  He's really good.  I thought we sort of wore him down a little bit at the start of the second half and throughout the second half.  By our going small and putting Lawrence [Hill] at the 'four', it enabled us to put a quicker team on the floor, negate some of their quickness and make them guard us on the offensive end.  Anytime you can contain a guy like that in the second half - because you have to make him work for everything - somebody stepped up and did a pretty good job defensively.  Tonight that was Fred."

On the gamble playing Kenny Brown and Carlton Weatherby just before halftime:

"I don't know if it was a gamble.  I thought it was a situation where, at the worst case scenario, we would be down maybe 16, as opposed to what we were.  We needed an offensive possession.  Anthony [Goods] and the guys who were on the floor were just winded.  At that point in time, we made a decision: 'Hey, let's get some guys in here.  The worst thing that we can come out of here is six more than what you were.'  Kenny shoots the ball a lot, and it didn't surprise me when it went in.  It surprised me that the first one was an airball."

On Stanford shooting 70% on offense in the second half:

"I thought we went small and put Lawrence at the 'four'.  We played Anthony, Fred and Mitch [Johnson] a lot.  We rotated Robin [Lopez] with Pete [Prowitt] and Brook [Lopez] - kept those guys rotating at the 'five'.  That enabled us to negate some of their quickness defensively.  When we were big, we were having a hard time entering with our posts and having a hard time entering with our wings, and that put too much pressure on our guys to handle the ball all the time on the halfcourt and the fullcourt.  The adjustment we had to make was just to play Lawrence and go small, and of course rotate him with Taj [Finger].  It's easier said than done, but Lawrence was the guy who stepped up and made some plays out of some key calls out of timeouts."

On this win putting Stanford higher on the radar:

"Well, I talk to the guys constantly about that.  I don't pay attention to that.  We don't pay attention to that.  The bottom line for us, and I know this sounds like coaches speak, is we're worried about ourselves getting better everyday and playing the game the way it's supposed to be played.  This is our first time through this league, and as soon as you relax, you'll get beat.  These guys understand that.  It's a long way to go.  There is a lot of basketball left to be played."

Sophomore forward Lawrence Hill

On his mindset while UCLA ran to a big lead in the first half:

"We just kept telling the team to keep playing hard, keeping playing through.  The run we had at the end of the first half helped us to stay in it mentally.  Then we kept chipping away, and our assistant coaches kept saying, 'Keep chipping away, possession by possession.'"

On his thoughts as he let go the three-pointer that took the lead and banked off the glass:

"I knew it wasn't the way the play was designed, so I just hoped I made it.  It just went in.  [Trent Johnson: "No kidding."]  Our post players did a great job the whole game of getting [Lorenzo] Mata and [Alfred] Aboya in foul trouble, and then when [Luc Richard] Mbah a Moute got in foul trouble and I was at the 'four', I just wanted to right at him.  Just what the coaches tell me to do every day, no matter who it is."

On feeling like any of his shot at that point would go in:

"Honestly, I just black out.  I know when a play is designed for a score, and I have the opportunity to get it in, that's my focus.  Of course, if it breaks down, like in a play we have called 'four up', I set the on-ball and they hit me - I had the open three but skipped it to Ant, and he hit the three.  Whatever works."

On defending UCLA's drives better in the second half:

"I think we just bowed up.  They get to the basket, and we have to put our hands up in the right position.  Or if they take a pull-up, we just have to contest it.  Fred is the epitome of that.  I think that's basically it."

Sophomore guard Anthony Goods

On the feeling of beating the #2-ranked team after trailing by 17:

"It's exhausting.  I'm tired once again.  It was a tough battle.  Coach Johnson told us that it would be a physical game.  I think we all got our fair share of bruises today, but we just kept fighting.  Even when we were down, we never gave up and never once thought we couldn't get back into the game.  We just kept fighting."

On Stanford's run in the second half:

"Basically, we just wanted to keep attacking.  We knew our shot selection in the first half wasn't too great.  We had taken a lot of threes and jumpshots, and we wanted to get to the hole a little bit.  So we started attacking.  On defense, we knew we couldn't let anybody get any more open looks because as we saw, Arron went off in the first half.  We just had to stay dedicated on the defensive end and kept attacking on the offensive end."

On his reaction to Hill's banked three-pointer:

"I felt his pain because last game I banked a three in.  As long as it's straight, it has a chance to go in.  It was a big shot, though.  Lawrence always hits big shots."

Senior forward Fred Washington

On his turnaround play and contributions coming out of halftime:

"It was same as I usually play.  They called some fouls.  After they call them, they're not going to take them back.  I sat down and got a little rest.  I was able to go that much harder in the second half."

On his mindset at halftime, down 12 points:

"Actually, I was pretty positive.  Kenny Brown and Carlton got two big shots.  12 sounds so much better than 17.  If you're down 17, mentally you're just thinking, 'Okay, crap.'  That's so close to 20.  But 12 is doable.  We were saying that coming out of halftime: '12 is nothing.'  We've come down from more before."

On this second half as Stanford's best of the season:

"We were still messing up, but some big shots covered it up.  And we won.  You guys might glorify it, but the Pac-10 is tough this year.  Everybody is going to be tough.  We can't look at this game like this is what we wanted to accomplish this year.  This year is far from over.  This is just another Pac-10 win.  We have Gonzaga coming up and then Cal after that and a bunch of tough teams after that.  We can enjoy it tonight, but tomorrow we have to get our focus back."

On defending Arron Afflalo in the second half:

"They were running him off a lot of screens, and they move a lot, too.  I just tried to get physical with him to move him out of the - I don't know what the basketball term is - his direct line toward the screen.  I just tried to bump him out a little bit more so I could be on the inside and still be able to run with him.  I just tried to be physical."

On sensing Afflalo getting frustrated:

"Arron honestly doesn't get down on himself.  He could miss eight shots in a row and still feel confident to take the next one.  He may say 'Aww, man' or some dirty words when he misses a shot, but he doesn't get frustrated.  I was just lucky enough to bother him enough so that he missed his shots."


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