Quotes - Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - Here are quotes from Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas after the Huskies lost a heartbreaker on the road, 58-56 to the Stanford Cardinal Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

UW Coach Lorenzo Romar:

>General thoughts on the game: I give a lot of credit to Stanford. They did a good job of defending us. They didn't quite. We were up 11 with about 10 to go and they kept firing back. Kept working. And they ended up with a victory. We failed to box out at the end and we missed free throws, we missed layups, we had some turnovers that were very costly at about the seven or eight minute mark. We weren't able to turn things around at that point. Give Stanford a lot of credit, they fought.

On taking out Thomas for a stretch in the second half: Well he played 34 minutes tonight. We tried to give him a rest a little bit, but that's how it goes.

On why he had Isaiah inbound on the final play: He leads the league in assists. He's a good passer.

On what he was looking for on the final play: We were trying to get it over the top, but they did a good job of defending it.

On Stanford's defense: We've watched them and we were impressed with their defense before we played them. We knew that they weren't really easy to score against.

On whether the unusual events from the week were a distraction: If we were down 15, maybe. But we up 11 with 10 minutes to go. So if we were distracted, we don't go up there. I don't think it was an issue. You're up 11 with 10 to go, so I don't think it was an issue.

On the abundance of missed shots from close range: Both teams played hard. Both teams tried to make shots. They played tough basketball so things aren't going to happen the way you want it all the time.

On the play that led to Suggs' 3-point attempt for the lead at the end: We had called something to run and we didn't quite get it so we penetrated and we found him there. He had a decent look, and he had just hit one, but he didn't quite get that one.

On what he was thinking when Holiday went to the line: Senior. He'll probably hit ‘em. Unfortunately he didn't. That wasn't the deciding factor. The deciding factor was when we were up 8 with 7 and a half minutes to go and you miss a couple easy shots, you miss free throws, you have a couple turnovers in transition. At that point, I thought that was the game, because now that you look back you think maybe we could have extended the lead to 15 or 17 at that point, but we failed to take advantage of it.

Justin Holiday

On what was going through his mind when he stepped to the line: I'm knocking it down. When I got fouled, I thought okay that's exactly what I want. I want to be the guy who steps up and makes these free throws. It didn't work out that way, but that's what I was thinking.

On the last shot of regulation: The play was for me to get a lob but when they helped I knew I didn't have that much time to shoot it. I thought that one was going in, too, but he contested me real well and I had to get it up a little higher than I wanted to.

On the first free throw: It felt like it went off to the left, which it did , it hit the side of the rim. I mean, there's not much else I can say about that, I missed it.

On the second half: It felt like we always do in the second half. We were stepping up, we had guys stepping up, and we were playing like we needed to. We were getting up and getting a good lead and then (later) we stopped being smart. We weren't boxing out. Little things here and there that we usually take care of to win games – a good team takes care of to win games – we didn't do that.

On the feeling of losing off the court after a loss: None of us like to lose. Every time we lose, it's the same bad feeling, especially when it's something you can control. Once again, they came out and played well. They wanted it.

Isaiah Thomas:

On last play: It was designed for Holiday to tip it in, just because there was so little time. He got kind of a good look but he couldn't knock it down.

On Stanford's comeback: They just went on a run. It was easy possessions. We didn't make layups. We missed foul shots. They went on a run, got a couple offensive rebounds and that was all she wrote. We went on a run or two in the second half, but we just didn't play Husky basketball. We didn't defend like we should have, and you can end your season without boxing out. We lost a key game without boxing out at the end.

On whether 18-0 was a possibility: Yeah, no doubt. That's what we were thinking the whole time. We feel that we're that good. Now we try to go 17-1. Not to look past any other team, but that's the goal.

On being the in-bound passer on the final play: I wish (Romar) called it for me but it's alright. Holiday, he got a good look. I mean, coach ain't going to do nothing to not win the game, so he thought that would work. I'm all behind coach. We just wanted an easy play to the basket. It was to Holiday. We had a second option and a third option. They played good defense that final possession, and Holiday had to come back around.

On if this game felt anything like the other losses: A little bit, but they were all different. All our losses were different. We really should be undefeated right now. Big ups to Stanford they played a good game.


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