Quotes - WSU/UW

SEATTLE - Here are quotes from Lorenzo Romar, Ken Bone, Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning after Washington State's 80-69 win over Washington, giving the Cougars a season sweep over the Huskies, and busting their 14-game home winning streak at the same time.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement:
Obviously that's not how we scripted it.  I give Washington State a lot of credit.  In the first half, we were standing around way too much.  We had 9 turnovers and they had 10.  We weren't making real clean passes and missed shots we should have made.  Washington State played with a lot of aggressiveness.  They came in here and they got it done. 

On whether lack of intensity for the Huskies was the problem:
"I wouldn't say that.  Again, we were forcing the turnovers, we were outrebounding them.  In the first half, I might have said that.  In the second half, they beat us to the board way too much.  I thought that made a difference.  We did a great job of coming back but they also made their foul shots.  They did a tremendous job at the line."
Washington State Coach Ken Bone:
On his team going 32-36 from the free-throw line:
"I think the fact that UW has such a great home court advantage: their crowd is incredible, their students do a great job.  And to compete in this building you have to be really locked in and focused.  And I thought our guys were exactly that and I thought it contributed to good free-throw shooting.  Not good boxing out, but good free-throw shooting."

On why his team was able to respond well to UW when they closed the gap to 6 in the second half:
"I thought our guys continued to play aggressive.  We had a couple of turnovers down the stretch where maybe we were a little on the passive side but for the most part, during that time we caught it, we ripped, we were strong with the ball, we were aggressively looking to continue to attack."

On being the first PAC 10 team to win at UW this year:
"Whether we're the first of tenth at this point, we needed a win.  Obviously they're a great team, they'll be very good in the NCAA Tournament, the PAC 10 Tournament, so we're fortunate to come in here and beat a very good team."

On the combination of nerves and defense playing a role in the first half score being so low:
"I think a little of each.  I felt like both teams were a little tight and somewhat tentative, yet I do think some of our kids do deserve credit for their defense.  To hold a team of that caliber to 17 points in the first half is good."

On this being their best win of the season:
"Yeah, I would say so.  Especially the timing of it.  We desperately needed it."
Justin Holiday:
On what happened:
"I don't know.  It really hasn't hit me, I need to go back and watch.  I know we had trouble scoring, which usually isn't a problem for our team.  I think in the first half we came out and defended real well, the score was real low.  Them changing their defense kind of slowed us up in attacking on offense, which shouldn't be a problem.  But I think they did a good job in that.  In the second half, they got a couple of easy baskets; [DeAngelo] Casto was doing well on the glass.  Second opportunities really hurt us."

On what was frustrating:
"Just not being able to get over the hump.  Being able to fight back, fight back and then we do something not smart.  Like when we were fighting back and Isaiah passed to me on the wing and I went and I threw it and got a turnover.  That's frustrating, especially coming from me because that's something that shouldn't happen.  We can go on and on about what happened in the game but just not being able to get over the hump and get the win because I felt we did fight to come back but we didn't fight enough."

On WSU wanting it more:
"There's a difference between wanting something and going out and getting it.  Just because you want something doesn't mean you're always going to get it.  I felt they wanted it and they went to get it.  I think we wanted it but, as a team, we didn't go out and take care of business and go get the win."

On where the team is right now:
"I think we're a team that knows what we want and has been through situations like this.  I think we're going to be able to answer.  I sure hope we do.  I'm going to go out and do the best I can to play every night; I know the rest of my teammates are going to do that.  I know our team wants to win.  We don't' just play this game just to be out there on the court just to say we're playing it."

On how it feels to get swept by WSU in particular:
"It's not a good feeling at all.  Especially since I'm out there doing the radio interview and they have a whole crowd over there, behind FSN, yelling and stuff.  That doesn't make any of us feel good.  I don't like losing at all and losing to the team twice is really not a good feeling at all."

On possibly playing WSU in the PAC 10 tournament:
"I'd love to play them.  I'd love to play them again.  I'd love to play Arizona again.  I'd love to play Oregon State again, Oregon, but it's not going to happen.  If we get them then, okay, good.  If not, then whoever we have to take on, let's bring it."
Matthew Bryan-Amaning:
On feeling like they need to win the PAC 10 Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament:
"Pretty much.  That's what I said before tonight's game.  Just because of how many losses we have in the season as a whole and obviously the way everybody looks at the PAC 10."

On being too fired up for the game early on:
"No, I just think everything wasn't rolling my way today.  Same with, early, a lot of Isaiah's shots were in-and-out, a lot of Justin's shots were in-and-out and we just know that we've got to play hard regardless of whether shots are falling or not."

On the zone taking him out of his game today:
"They didn't just zone me today.  Every time I caught it, regardless of whether it was zone or man, I had a couple of people around me.  They threw a double-team at me every time I touched it if they were in man.  So they did a good job of taking me away from getting good shots."

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