Quotes - Seattle University

Dawgman was at Key Arena Tuesday to watch Washington defeat Seattle University 95-74. After the game, they spoke with Lorenzo Romar, C.J. Wilcox, Venoy Overton, Aziz N'Diaye and Justin Holiday about the win, as well as their upcoming Sunday game against Washington State.

Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement:
The years go on, and coach Dollar and his staff continue to build their program. So yeah, they'll get better and better. I guess the point differential was cut in half, at least. And maybe it'll be cut down even more next year, who knows. But give them a lot of credit, they did a great job.

On Seattle U:
They played scrappy, they played fiery. That's how they always play.

On Washington's play:
I think we turned the ball over a bit too much, but I think we did some really good things out there. We had some good performances. Aziz N'diaye played one of his best games in a long time, and probably his best game since Maui. He was a real presence out there, did a nice job for us.

On UW's bigs wearing down SU:
We were a little bit bigger. We had two guys that had double-doubles. Our guys did a nice job of getting it inside. We didn't shoot the ball from three very well - 4-18. But we were still able to score a lot of points in the paint.

On Wilcox starting:
He's really been playing well. If you look at his performances, he's been doing a really nice job for us. What he did over the weekend - rebounding, scoring, shooting, defending - I thought I would grab him a start out there. And he didn't shoot well tonight, but he pulled down six rebounds. That helps.

On changes to the rotation:
We'll see. I never know. You guys are the ones that are always ahead of the game on that one - more than I am.

On his halftime speech:
I don't remember (laughs). We had to be stronger with the basketball, we talked about that. We also talked about containing their guards - Cervante (Burrell) and Sterling (Carter). Both had 10 at the half. And then also the other point we were saying was that we were playing too much in a hurry. It was a fast-paced game, and we were in too much of a hurry. We had to slow down a little bit.

On what he wanted from this game:
Just making progress. And again, taking away those turnovers - I thought we did a lot of good things out there. I thought we did a good job a lot of the times of running offense and making plays, passing the basketball. And if we shoot better, we have even better offensive production.

On his curiosity of what Seattle U might do at the start of the game:
Very much so. And I'm very pleased with how we came out and played with energy, especially in beginning of that second half. We played with a lot of focus and energy.

On playing at Key Arena:
It was a lot of fun. The environment was great. Never sat on the sidelines during the game like that. I've sat close, but not that close. It was a fun game. If I was a fan watching this game, I would say I got my money's worth.

On Isaiah Thomas' FT troubles:
He was, for whatever reason…his shot was a little short. But we survived it. He survived it. We talked about it…when you're that short, try to hit the back of the rim. Aim for the back of the rim, and it might go straighter.

On why MBA wore 55:
He didn't have his jersey with him. It's not some new deal that he's going to wear 55. He'll be back to his regular number - 11.

On how that happens:
That's something him and I are going to talk about (laughs). I'll find out.

On the number 55:
It's what they call a blood jersey. If you get blood on your jersey and you have to take it off, you always have one ready, stored away for it. He played good in 55.
C.J. Wilcox:
On playing in Key Arena:
I love playing in NBA arenas like this. It's really a lot of fun to play in, seeing all the fans there and everything.

On his start maybe being a permanent move:
We haven't talked about it yet. We're just going to see how things go Thursday.

On when he found out he was starting:
Yesterday (Wednesday), before practice.

On any difference starting:
It's been a while, been a couple years. It was really nerve-wracking to come out here and start a game, but after I calmed down it was fun.

On missing his first couple of shots:
Yeah, I know. Bad night shooting the ball, but I try and to other stuff, like rebound the ball.

On if playing in a bigger arena messes with depth perception while shooting:
Yeah, it feels like the rims were smaller. When we came in here and shot earlier, I felt like the rims were smaller. I felt fine shooting it then, but…

On trying to shake Seattle U.:
Just turnovers. We had way too many turnovers. But we kind of expected that, the way they play.
Venoy Overton:
On knowing a lot of the players out there for Seattle U.:
Yeah, I've played with a lot of them, played against a lot of them.

On playing in Key Arena:
It's just a great atmosphere. I've come to a couple of games, and it's a great place. The atmosphere is just great, and knowing that the Sonics and all their great players were on this court, and now you're on it? It just felt good.

On expecting some chippiness from SU, knowing what happened last year:
I didn't think they were going to do the same thing, but I was a little surprised in how they were calling the game. I think this is the first game ever where I've fouled out and didn't have one reach-in call. I don't really know what to say about that.

On seeing MBA with 55 on:
Yeah, that was kind of weird. I guess he left his jersey, but it didn't matter. He played the same way as number 11.

On his opinion of UW's performance against SU:
I think we just played alright. We gave up way too many points. We're going to fix that in practice. We didn't want to really think about it too much, and now we've got to get ready for Washington State.

On not being in the starting lineup:
If that's the lineup (Romar) is going to go with, I'm just going to have to roll with it. I'm not going to really worry too much about the starting lineup. I just have to play my role.

On Washington State coming up:
They beat us, and ran around their court like we were the number-one team in the country, so we just have to be ready to play.
Aziz N'Diaye:
On not being in foul trouble:
I remember the first half I only had one foul. It helped me a lot, going through the game without being in foul trouble.

On making his free throws:
I've been working on it, because I've been struggling at the line the last couple games. Coach (Paul) Fortier helped me a lot, just keep the same motion…so I did that stepping to the line, just using my form.

On what he told MBA for not having his jersey:
I noticed that, because usually when I check in, I say I've got number 11. And now, it was like, I've got number 55. It was weird, because I noticed it when I was checking in. When he started the game, I didn't even notice that he had on number 55. But it's all good. We had fun playing against Seattle.

On his performance:
I'm always trying to play my type of game; rebounding…so this game was just a little bit different. I got a couple of touches and finished around the rim, and coach (Romar) was running a couple of plays for me to finish around the rim…I was just going through the motion and trying to rebound and finish around the rim.

On his confidence level now, as opposed to the beginning of the year:
It takes a while to figure it out, because transferring from another school and trying to learn the system…it takes a while to get together with the team, and learning the lifestyle…everything. It takes a while to fit in, but coach has been helping out with that. So I'm trying to get the plays. Everything's going alright.

On what he thinks about when he hears Washington State:
Just rivalry…even thought I didn't know a lot about it, but you've got two schools from the same state. They beat us down in their place, so we have to come back and see what we've got. We've got to be ready for them.

Justin Holiday:
On Seattle U.:
I actually thought they did a really good job. They did start to foul a little bit at the end, but it was nowhere near what it was last year. It was more of a normal flow. So it was fun.

On UW's performance:
I think we did well. First of all, I thought we had a lot of energy; we tried to get stops, we tried to get after them. We knew they were going to be a really scrappy team, and we've had problems with teams like that in the past and doing that. We lost at Oregon - they came out with a lot of energy, playing scrappy. So we knew we had to scrap as much as them. It turned out to be a pretty good, up-and-down game. Everybody's battlin', competitive. And that's the way we want to play.

On what comes to mind when he thinks about Washington State:
It's time to get down and get ready to play. It's another battle. This one was a battle. It's time for us to get ready and get this one back. We want this bad, so we'll see what happens.

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