What They're Saying: Cougs over Dawgs

IKE IROEGBU was likened to Russell Westbrook, called the best player on the court and saluted for setting a ferocious pace that blunted Washington's strength in the post. Bottom line, though, pundits and others came away from WSU's 80-77 win Saturday at UW impressed by the Cougars' confidence.

"When Ernie Kent took over the Washington State basketball program last April, he found a team that was fundamentally beaten down, devoid of confidence, unable to summon up the limited resources it possessed. Funny, but that didn't look like a team lacking confidence Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena."
- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"With the win WSU (8-7, 2-1 Pac-12) is suddenly one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 and the Cougars have yet to play a conference game at home."
- Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

"... the Cougars countered with waves of outside shots from a corps of sharpshooters who dropped daggers from the perimeter. In the end, three-pointers proved to be greater than dunks and layups."
- Percy Allen, Seattle Times

"When 7-foot center Jordan Railey left the game due to foul trouble, the Cougars replaced him with (Brett) Boese, who started the second half and played 31 minutes. WSU’s four-shooter look confounded the Huskies in transition and even led Romar to shift to a zone defense for a time."
- Christian Caple, The News Tribune

"Washington State refused to fold after Washington ripped off a 7-0 run, capped by Andrew Andrews' three-point play, to give Washington a 68-67 lead. The Cougars responded with a 7-2 run, one capped emphatically with a three-point play of their own, as (Josh) Hawkinson slipped a screen and found a lane to the hoop."
- The Associated Press

"This was a team (Washington State) that I was told couldn't defend, the numbers told you that the last couple years. Couldn't shoot it, the numbers told you that the last couple years. Couldn't shoot free throws, the numbers told you that the last couple years. We took 'em, we put our arms around them, we let them empty their backpack of all that negative stuff. I'm just happy for them that they're coming of age right now."
- Ernie Kent, WSU head coach

"I have to make sure that this team is more ready to play for 40 minutes. Not seven or 15 or 20, but for 40 minutes. It's on me."
- Lorenzo Romar, UW head coach

"(Ike) Iroegbu is the best player on the court."
-Lamar Hurd, Pac-12 Networks analyst, late in the fist half.

"He (Iroegbu) was the difference in the game because he got us running. He set a ferocious pace to the game. I call him a poor, poor man's Russell Westbrook. I told him, 'Go be Russell Westbrook.'"
- Ernie Kent, WSU head coach

"I knew I was going to take them (six straight free throws in the final 36 seconds) because I told myself, 'If we're going to win or lose, it's going to be on my shoulders. I am a senior and I am back home, so it had to be on my shoulders. I just stepped up and just did what I do best."
DaVonte Lacy, WSU guard

"Bigtime win on the road for the COUGS. We hope to see Beasley Coliseum packed next week as take on the Oregon schools. #GoCougs"
- Curtis Allen, WSU assistant coach (and former UW player) tweeting after the game.

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