Quotes - Arizona

Lorenzo Romar, Sean Miller, Justin Holiday, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Darnell Gant, Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry all talked to the press after Arizona's 87-86 thrilling win over Washington Saturday at the McKale Center in Tucson. Here's what they had to say.

A thank you to Chris Wells for help with these quotes, as well as Gregg Bell and Don Ruiz.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Well, that was a heck of a college basketball game. They played hard, they were scrappy. Derrick Williams obviously is a monster. I felt Momo Jones did a good job for them running their team. We, I think made too many mistakes on the defensive end that would prevent us from winning a game like this. Those that don't know our defensive schemes wouldn't know necessarily what mistakes were made. But we made a bunch of them, and they hurt us. Once they got up on us early we settled down and I thought we really did a good job playing basketball. Matthew was phenomenal tonight. He really played well. And C.J. off the bench played really well. With all of our mistakes we came up short by one point with a shot to win it at the buzzer. So, we still gave ourselves a chance. But you've got to give Arizona a lot of credit. They're just steady, man, they don't make a lot of mistakes.

On a possible goaltending call at the end:
"I don't know. I'm going to look at it. I can't wait to look at it on film. And if I thought it would change the matter I would look at it right now. But it's not going to change, so whether it was or not, I don't know."

On their slow start:
"You play like an environment like this – the same at our place – what you want is to survive those first five minutes to where they don't get away from you. And they didn't get away from us. I thought we did a good job of not letting them run away from us. It was a nine-point deficit at halftime, but in the second half I thought we came out and played hard but didn't convert. That was a key part of this game, the first four or five minutes (of the second half) we had so many opportunities and just didn't take advantage of them."

On their game-winner after Holiday's block:
"The ball didn't bounce our way on that. But give Hill credit because he had the savvy to be in that position. He's a hard-nosed player."

"I thought we blew golden opportunities in the first five minutes of the second half. We forced turnovers, we were in the lanes, we had golden opportunities to score."

On their play down the stretch:
"I thought it was two teams playing hard, playing very competitively with a lot at stake. Both teams not wanting to give the other an inch."

On the Pac-10 race:
"We have to win every game and they have to lose every game. That's what's going to have to happen. So, that's unlikely. … We lost an opportunity to tie for the Pac-10 title. But except for the first few minutes of the first half, I thought we did a lot of good things out there. We made some mental mistakes, but I take from it that we had our opportunities. They did a good enough job to not let us take advantage of them, and we lost the game. But beyond that, we don't leave Seattle again until the Pac-10 tournament. We've got to take advantage of these games."

On a possible rubber match with Arizona in Pac-10 tourney:
"We'll see."

On MBA's game:
"He was very aggressive after the begininning of that game. Isaiah and Venoy did a good job of finding him in those pick-and-rolls as well."

On Aziz benching to start the game:
"Coach's decision. Nothing severe, just coach's decision."

On it being a good game for ESPN and Pac-10:
"I think if you watch that game you have to look at these two teams and be complimentary about both teams and how hard they fought, and the level of play that this game was."

On UW down stretch like Kentucky and Michigan State games?:
"No no no. We played far better in this game than we did in those games. If we had played like this in those games we'd have won those games."
Washington Players:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning:
What did coach say after the game:
"More mentally than anything else and telling the guys to keep their heads up. Seniors, as well as Darnell [Gant] and Isaiah [Thomas], we have to keep everybody's heads up. The season is not over."

Goaltend or clean block?:
"We pretty much know the referees aren't going to make a call like that in the game unless it's blatant. We think we did a good job at executing well."

Going to him in the second half:
"It was more of the players doing it ourselves. I was getting doubled a lot in the first half and couldn't get many open looks. Then playing us man, me and Isaiah spoke about it and we thought it was best to set a couple of ball screens and seeing what happens and seeing how they would play that since it would be hard to double with me rolling to the basket. They made a couple of great passes, threading the needle passes that I was able to catch and finish. Once they started to helping on that, it got C.J. [Wilcox] going for a couple of outside jumpers."

Good enough to go into March:
"Obviously, as a team, we have a lot to improve on. We felt that we made some silly mistakes that we don't usually make and we just have to concentrate. A team like Arizona is really tough and I think they take after their coach Sean Miller. They are a really tough physical team and I think that showed on the glass today. Apart from myself, I don't think we rebounded well as a whole team."

Effort beats most teams:
Obviously they are not the 12th ranked team in the country for no reason. They are a great team. We made mistakes and not to take anything away from them, they just capitalized. Good teams capitalize on your mistakes."

Derrick Williams:
"Tough. He is a real good kid and obviously talented. One of the best players in the country. He showed a lot. He played with that broken or sprained finger and to be able to play through that and play the way he does."
Justin Holiday:
On taking positives from the gamme:
"We have to be a team that doesn't make so many mistakes. Arizona won because they don't hurt themselves. They don't make many mistakes and they capitalize on our mistakes. I mean, to beat the good teams and be a good team, that's what we have to be able to do."

Tough to lose on a basket like Arizona's last:
"It's tough to lose like that. You block it and they make a good play and score. But other things in the game we could have done differently on our end controlling certain things and it could have been a different outcome."

Point where they lost the game:

"It's just every now here and there making mistakes defensively. Or just not being smart. There is stuff throughout the whole game we could have changed. There were spurts in the game when we did play better, and there are always times like that."

Long-term benefits of win:
"Playing this game is another example of the little things we need to take care of and we'll be OK. I think this another type of motivation there that will hopefully get to the tournament."
Darnell Gant:
On his last shot:
"I thought it was a goaltend. I thought I got it up before he could get there. I thought the ball was coming down, but they called the other way."
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller:
"Obviously, I have to give a big thank you to our fans. I think we would have probably lost by about ten or fifteen if we didn't have the crowd behind us. I've seen a lot of white-outs as a coach, but never have I seen a total white-out. If there was someone wearing a color, I didn't see it. That was fourteen thousand and five hundred white shirts. I really can't say enough about our fans. They all come here to be a part of something that is so special, and we really appreciate their support. The crowd was a big reason four the win."

"Washington is a hard playing, very physical and talented team, and we did not have a lot of easy answers for them. Isaiah Thomas up top is an extremely talented player. In the country, there are probably only three or four points guards better."

"We scored a lot, but we didn't score the same way. Washington switched up the screens, and screened us a lot. They came into today with a great plan, and it was just a hard fought win for us. I think it was more about resilience than it was execution."

"Rebounding was definitely the key today. Washington is the number one team in the conference in rebounding, and the cat's really out of the bag now. If we can out rebound them, then we can do it to anyone."

"We had some pretty tough turnovers, but a lot of second shots that came in at key times."

"Derrick Williams really hung in there for us, even when the call didn't go his way. At the very end of the game, he stepped up when we needed him most and got that block."

"On the road to a championship, it's definitely about resilience and effort, than it is the coaches drawing up the prefect play. Our players stepped up, and this crowd really fueled that from the beginning. McKale Center really started and finished the game, and in the middle, we did our best. It wasn't just one guy who played well, but it was the team as a whole. Washington is a physical, extremely well-coached team, and it took a lot of effort, and some good luck. We are very fortunate to get this win."
Arizona Player Quotes:
Derrick Williams:
On his block toward the end of the game:
"Coach was like if they get close to the basket, don't foul. There was like three seconds left he was just like they are going to shoot it. Be ready to get the rebound and try to block it and it was going up so just try to block it and I did. When I was going up that's when he first released the ball. I just tapped it perfectly and luckily they didn't call goaltending. I believe if we were at Washington they might have called it goaltending but good thing we were at home."

On whether he's staying or entering the draft:
"With games like that it makes me want to stay. I came in with all four guys. That's all I can say."

On the win:
"It's a great feeling right now we are in first place and we might be a top 10 team. From where we came in the goal was to be a top 10 team and get a high seed. I speak for all of us it was a great win but we can't sit on this win going into next week. We have two great teams coming up, USC and UCLA."

On the Washington travel late into the game:
"I kind of stopped and waited for the whistle but it had already been blown. He does that up and under move a lot and I was just waiting on it. He got a travel like that earlier in the game."
Solomon Hill:
On the inbounds pass toward the end of the game:
"It was kind of a miscommunication between me, coach and Momo. I went to go deep but he wanted to set up a play. At the end result we got the W. But after that play we both thought we should have thrown it deep and put it in someone's hands to throw it up, but it came down to Mo just wanting to get the ball and it bounced off his leg. At least we got some time off the clock."

On his two points to take the lead:
"I saw MoMo try to get a screen, once he was able to get a screen I knew he was going to drive and J.P. (Jesse Perry) was in the corner. I know J.P. likes to drive but then they did a pick and roll so I just stayed on the block. When you get situations like that, my man was looking at the ball wasn't paying attention to me so I stayed at the block and Jesse drove and I was able to get the tip."

On the NCAA tournament:
"The rest of the Pac-10 season really sets that up. We still have major games coming up. The last two home games were big for us but the next two games are what we are concentrating on and what we are looking forward to. Once we get done with the Pac-10 season then we can think and move forward to the tournament but right now we still have the Pac-10 play and that's our tournament."

On the game:
"It's the kind of games that fans expect just like our start, home crowd gets you going. Once we got going it was kind of hard to knock us off. That's what Arizona does if you look at past games. That's what the atmosphere has been like it was great to see everyone come out like that."
Jesse Perry:
On the atmosphere:
"I've never played in a game like this before, type of crowd we had and type of team we played. It was a physical game and came down to the last seconds. I was just hoping we would get the tip and Derrick got the block and we got the W."

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