Quotes - Washington State

PULLMAN - It wasn't pretty, and it definitely wasn't the result Washington was looking for. Lorenzo Romar, Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday and Darnell Gant spoke Sunday night after UW was subdued by the Cougars 87-80 at Beasley Coliseum, the result of 24 turnovers, a poor shooting night from outside, and little to take from the game defensively.

Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement…
"Washington State deserves a lot of credit, they did a great job tonight, defensively in that zone, and they got their hands on a lot of our passes. They deflected a lot of our passes. They forced us into 24 turnovers—no one has done that to us this year, they did a heck of a job. We talked about how we felt their perimeter guys were dangerous, and they all certainly showed up tonight and did a nice job. So hey, we just have to give credit to them, they did a tremendous job tonight, they are a good basketball team."

On having so much trouble against this zone…
"Again, they have—when you think of WA State, you may think, well they're not as tall, well they don't have seven footer in their playing, but their positions 2-4, they have a lot of length and they are long. They just got in there and just deflected a lot of our passes."

On the foul problems…
"Well, there were foul problems for both teams, so we can't cry about we have guys in foul trouble, but so did they. They just played well."

On Thompson and Casto out…
"No, we just couldn't quite get over the hump. We had our opportunities, but any game where you turn over the ball that many times, it's going to make it a little more difficult for yourselves. If you do it on the road, it's going to be even harder. And even without those guys in there, we just didn't take very good care of the basketball."

On defending Matthew…
"I think they surrounded Matthew. They were already packed in the zone, so when he gets the basketball, there are many people around him. I thought we had a lot of good looks on the perimeter, but we just didn't knock those down to make them pay for it."

On the 31 3 pointers…
"That not the ideal that we want to come out and take, I think there is probably 3 other unadvised threes, but the rest of them were all pretty good looks."

On Isaiah tonight…
"I think he played hard, he couldn't get the ball to go down. Isaiah's been so good for us, you think if he's been playing every game the way he's been playing then WOW, that's pretty spectacular. He didn't have his best game, but of course 18 points, at this point, in 9 conference games; I don't have a problem with that."

On it being the mid-point of Pac-10 play…
"It could be worse. We could be in third or fourth, but we are still tied with first. And that is with the schedule not necessarily in our favor in that we played 5 on the road in this first half as opposed to the four we will play in the second half, and I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half."

On the Cougars possibly being a tournament team…
"No question, they're so dangerous, they can score points. And then, you look—forget our game tonight, sometimes you look at this and you see we shot 37%, well you guys were just off, sometimes coaches can say we just didn't make shots, well I think we had some pretty good looks, and you look at what they are giving up for the year, 38%, and they've played some pretty good teams. In league play teams have shot 39% against them, and we shoot 37%, that is just kind of how they have been defending the entire year like that. SO I think a team like that can definitely go in and play in the NCAA tournament and have every opportunity to beat people."

On WSU out-working UW…
"I think at times they probably out worked us at times maybe that made a difference. But again, when you start talking about working, we out rebounded them pretty good. So we worked pretty good ourselves. We couldn't name a lot of different reasons as to why it didn't work out in our favor, but if you look at 24 turnovers, we average slightly under 12 turnovers a game. SO you figure half of those, and we get a shot at the rim, maybe things are different. But you have to give them credit; we didn't get shots at the rim as much because we turned it over."

On Holiday's two fouls…
"Clay Thompson is a pretty good scorer. Sooner or later I think he was going to score. We've done a pretty good job against him in the past, four times we've played him, and tonight was his night. He had his way."

On C.J.'s injury…
"Now, this year, we are really going to be a lot more careful with the concussions. So probably years past he probably would've been able to play, but tonight I held him out. So I would think Tuesday he will be practicing again. He ran into the screen in practice and didn't see it coming. It happened with Josh Smith, it happened with this guy Joseph at Syracuse, he missed a game. So I think the way it is now, them looking closer at the concussions, we'll see more and more kids are missing games due to concussions."

On it being a game time deal…
"I think we knew Friday. Friday we probably thought he wouldn't be able to play. It happened Monday, we didn't practice Tuesday, we figured come Wednesday, he might—we couldn't—we hit it the day of Thursday—oh he'll be good Friday—but he still had the headaches and although they were small, they don't let you play until they are done."

On it having an effect on the game…
"Well I don't know. I know he's a pretty good shooter. We were 11-31 from the 3, so."

On Darnell…
"I thought Darnell played his tail off. I thought he got after it, he was aggressive, and he really worked hard tonight."

On Reggie Moore
"He hit a big 3 against us and then he continued to penetrate in the lane, he had a really good game. He score 18 points, I think that's the best game he's had against us as well."

On the crowd…
"Their crowd was very good. They were good, they were loud, and they were really good. Who knows—we'll see."

On it being the most hostile environment…
"I'd say when we go to Arizona, it would be pretty much comfortable but this would probably be it. I mean, the Huskies were coming to town."

On the guys managing their emotions…
"I thought we did a good job with our emotions. I wish we just would've taken care of the ball a little better."
Isaiah Thomas:
On this being a frustrating loss... "It is. Just because we had the game even though we played so bad. We had chances to win, chances to cut the lead, get the lead. We had so many chances, we just didn't capitalize. "

On WSU forcing them into a perimeter game…
"Yeah. All zones do that. Especially the zone they had; it was a pretty good zone, but we had a lot of open shots that we usually make and we just missed them."

On turning the ball over as much as they did tonight…
"That was on my part. I had 7 of them. It won't happen again. Short memory and on to the next one."

On whether WSU feels like a tournament team…
"If they play like that, yeah. They played a great game. All due respect to them, they played a good game. It's tough."

On the reason behind his poor shooting night…
"Shots just weren't falling. I had open threes, I had some layups I missed. It wasn't anything they did, I mean, all hats tipped off to them, but it's just shots I didn't make. I'll take this game. I'll blame this game on me because of how it ended, but we'll be ready for the next two teams."

On trying to foul guys out…
"I just wanted to be aggressive. I saw that they had 5 fouls before the first media timeout, five team fouls. I just wanted to be aggressive and try to make plays because we knew the shot wasn't falling. I just wanted to go to the hoop and that's how I got a lot of my points."

On feeling like they could capitalize on Casto and Thompson's foul trouble…
"Yeah. Even before they had those fouls, we had opportunities to make shots. We had open shots, we had layups that we just missed. The big key is we didn't get any stops. You can trade baskets but if they're up they're going to end up winning, and they did that."

On the week's preparation…
"It was alright. It wasn't our best; we didn't have our best practices but you can't blame it on that. We just didn't play a good game today."

On feeling how excited everyone at WSU was for the game today…
"It's us. It's Washington, we're number one in the league. Why wouldn't it be that loud. For them to storm the floor, I'll remember that when they come over here."

On where Washington is going into the second half of the conference season…
"We're pretty good, no need to panic. Can't let this loss turn into two and then three, because we have two road games coming up. We just have to be smart, be a mature team and have a short memory and take it out on the Oregon schools."

On feeling good about 7-2 in conference…
"Yeah, especially two games we let slide away that we had chances of winning. It hurts but the best players have the shortest memories. We can still try to win out, that's the goal, but at the same time we just want to get better."
Justin Holiday:
On their turnovers and WSU's ability to get their hands on the ball…
"They came out aggressive and we weren't being smart with the ball. We were throwing passes we shouldn't have been throwing. Or we were rushing and we shouldn't be rushing, there's no need for us to rush in these situations, we know how to play in these situations. They came out attacking and we didn't handle it well."

On the zone having to do with their struggles to keep the ball…
"I mean, if it was man, zone, our decision making was not smart. That's what it comes down to, being smart. Especially on the road when the crowd's against you, stuff like that. I think we were a little anxious at times. We shouldn't have been."

On whether the crowd was a factor…
"I don't really think so, me personally. We've played in places where it's been a loud crowd, been on the road, stuff like that. I just think we were thinking, you know, we need to hurry up and do something. Hurry up and do this, hurry up and pass the ball like that. That's what I can say for my situations. And then sometimes not being strong or smart with the ball."

On how he felt about the looks they got…
"We have to knock those out. We practice shooting all the time. We're able to shoot. When you're open like that you have to knock them down, that's all it comes down to. When you don't knock them down, you're not taking care of business the way you're supposed to."

On whether they were clean looks…
"Most of them, yeah. Of course, that's why we shoot them. There's always going to be some here and there where you think you have it or a guy closes off faster than usual, but for the most part Isaiah was getting us open and we weren't knocking them down for him."

On being surprised by 31 3-point attempts…
"No I wasn't surprised. I knew how many we were shooting. I mean, I know I shot a good amount. I wasn't sure how many I did [shoot]. I really thought I shot more than what I did. I wasn't surprised by that. We've made a lot in the past. Tried to do that tonight and it didn't work out."

On being amazed that they were so close down the stretch…
"First of all, we were fouling a lot when we shouldn't have been. I know fouls stop the clock and stuff like that, but we were fouling and letting them get easy buckets, free throws, and then on the offensive end we weren't knocking down shots or rebounding or even maybe going inside."

On whether there's anything to take away from being down 6 down the stretch…
"Just that we still had a chance to win and we didn't take care of it. Like I've said before, we can play bad and still have a chance to win games; that's the position we put ourselves in, we just didn't finish well."

On what made it so difficult to get the ball to MBA with Casto out of the game:
"I don't know if we looked in there enough. I think we should have went in there a little more. I mean Casto in or out, we have to be able to use the inside-out game because we've always had that advantage when the inside's working we can use the outside, when the outside's working we can use the inside. So, playing off of that I think we could have done that a little more."

On why that was…
"I don't know. Maybe just us thinking we were so open in shooting jumpers. I don't know what the reason really was."

On whether they were tough enough tonight…
"We most definitely weren't tough enough. Even though we won on the glass and stuff, there were still certain situations with us having the ball in our hands, getting it knocked away. That happened plenty of times. Making soft passes. Not being strong going to the basket, fading away a little bit, stuff like that. We could have been extremely, way more stronger than we were because they can out hitting. They came out ready to play aggressive and we should have matched that or been above that."

On sensing an opportunity for a breakthrough after Klay got his fourth foul…
"It didn't really matter if he had it or not. That's the way I play, I feel like we always have a chance so it doesn't matter what the situation is. If we're close like that and we have a bad game I always still think, even when, believe it or not, we're down and there's 43 seconds [left] I always feel that we do. Realistically we don't but I mean, him having those four fouls, most definitely we should have capitalized a little bit. I mean, that's big on defense, being able to get more stops, but we didn't do that."

On how much this feels like an avoidable loss…
"I mean, at the start of the game if we would have come out playing defense like we're supposed to: getting stops, playing as a team, not letting them get easy buckets in rotation situations. That's stuff that we work on every day, stuff that we shouldn't have a problem with. So, starting with that, we did well on the glass, so there's nothing we have to go through there. We didn't shoot well so maybe we should have gone inside a little more, played inside-out, stuff like that. Even still, we're doing well on the glass so mostly it came down to being tough and getting stops and being smarter."

On being happy with 7-2…
"I feel okay. I feel like, those games, we should win. That's what every player feels, especially when you're on a team that's winning and there's situations where, if you would have done something else, you would have had a better chance. Not saying we would have won if we did get stops, but we would have had a better chance if we did that. It's an okay situation but of course I want those two wins."

On how tough it was to see Reggie Moore and (Faisal) Aden put points on the board when the WSU stars were on the bench…
"That's stuff that we usually do to other teams; have guys off the bench or have other guys step up like that. They did that and that's to their advantage. It's good for them to have players like that that come off the bench. You won't have much of a let off when you do subs. We know that those two were going to come out and score like that, or have the ability to come out and score like that, it was just a matter of us stopping them."

On how good WSU is…
"They're most definitely a good team. They have a lot of firepower offensively, especially on the wings and then Casto on the inside so they have a pretty well-rounded team as far as that goes."
Darnell Gant:
On the game…
"Yeah, I felt like the refs didn't—I guess you could say they called it even, but they were calling bad calls. But all in all, the game came down to stops. Whether it's the refs, or whatever, we just need to get stops, and get rebounds. We rebounded—like I said, we didn't capitalize on offensive rebounds and put backs and like our 3's, our shots weren't falling. We shot 37 percent."

On being the loudest gym in the league…
"I think our gym gets louder, even though it's less people. But they were really hyped tonight. Like I said, they got started early, the crowd got into it, and the refs—it was 8 against 5 basically. So they got pretty loud, it was an ok crowd."

On the 24 turnovers…
"Well Isaiah was stressing early with who was throwing negligent passes, you know soft passes, lob passes, were never getting picked off. And people just weren't being strong with the ball. When you catch the ball, you have to be strong with it; you have to know there could be someone around that could poke at it from behind or whatever. And they just got after us at defense. And we were throwing soft passes and they were picking them off and getting fast break points."

On Casto and Thompson with 4 fouls…
"That was a real big opportunity, but like I said we didn't get stops. At an important time, especially when they were on the bench, because as soon as they came back, I mean Casto didn't really get any points but Thompson came right back in and picked up right where he left off and that really hurt us. Especially with Justin closing out with a hand in his face, like I said with a guy like that, if he gets started early it's hard to get him to slow down."

On their zone defense…
"Yeah we anticipated them to come out in a zone, they zone a lot. But I don't think it was that difficult. It's just like I said, negligent passes because we pounded them on the glass, it was 46-32 I believe. Like I said, we were rebounding, it's just shots weren't falling—everything just wasn't clicking."


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