Player/Coach Quotes - Oregon

SEATTLE - Lorenzo Romar, Darnell Gant, Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, C.J. Wilcox, Dana Altman, E.J. Singler, and Garret Sim spoke post-game after Washington defeated Oregon 90-86 to earn an NIT semifinal berth and a trip to play again at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "I would have to say, that was an outstanding basketball game. A total of 15 turnovers between the two teams. I think both teams were playing pretty efficient basketball. A lot of plays, big plays that were made. It was one of those "somebody had to lose" type games. I'm proud of our team and I'm proud that we were the ones that came out on top and we're headed to New York."

On the next games: "First of all, we have a chance to win a national championship in the NIT and I think that's number one. Number two, it gives a couple of the seniors more games with this team. Our guys don't understand it now because they're younger, but when you look back about 10 or 15 years from now, this is something you can really appreciate. The extra time you spend together, because this same group will never be together again. So the extra time is going to be great. Along with us being able to travel, playing in the Garden again, as we did earlier in the year."

On the atmosphere tonight: "Our fans were unbelievable. It was (almost) a sellout. The crowd was great. The crowd helped will us to victory. It was a good time."

On the Dawg Pack: "We've talked about the Dawg Pack for many years. They've been a catalyst, I think. We had a 32-game winning streak at home one time and that had to do a lot with the Dawg Pack.

On the turnovers: "We may have held the ball a couple of times and not given it up when we should've of and we turned it over. That's the kind of kamikaze, gambling situation where you go all out, you go for the ball, if you don't get it, you foul. So there may be some deflections or turnovers here and there. But again, we had four turnovers in the first half and four in the second half, so I think we did the job."

On E.J. Singler: "E.J.'s a good player, but I thought in the second half, we did a much better job of containing him and Terrence and CJ were on him for the most part."

On Abdul Gaddy's game: "10 assists, 11 points, and seven rebounds. Almost a triple-double. And he had really good defense. He had a great game, great game."

On Tony Wroten: "I said many times, it [his game] just shows his versatility. He had eight assists in the Arlington game and took maybe five shots and contributed in that way. Tonight, he went to the line and hit 10 out of 14. He rebounded and had a big-time hustle play on the block on the 3-point shot. He just busted his tail like a champion. He got on the floor and did things like that. He just shows a lot of versatility on the floor. Each game presents a different challenge and he's talented enough to adjust to whatever games he plays."
Aziz N'Diaye:
On the game plan: "We just wanted to come out ready to play and be aggressive because that was a must win game for us. They are a very good team so we just had to come out and make sure we played Husky basketball because its what we have been working on for months now."

On coach Romar's advice to you when you got the fourth foul: "He just told me to be smart, because at that time we needed to get stops near the end of the game, but I couldn't get my fifth foul. I just made sure to stay on my feet and not jump to block shots. He just told me to be smart so that is what I did."

On Tony Woods: "He is a good player. He got a lot better as the season went on. I remember playing him earlier in the season and each game since you can see that he has been working on his game. He came out ready to play. He got some easy looks early on which got him going."

On the excitement of the game: "It was a good game, I had fun playing in it. It was our last game at home here and we had to win it to go to New York, and we came out ready to play."

On going back to New York: "It's fun. Everyone knows New York is a fun city. Going to the Garden for the second time this year is something that I'm proud of being part of this team and everyone wants to win. The way we play, I'm so happy to be on the team."

On his second foul: "Oh I don't know. Nothing you can do about it. You can't be over there crying and complaining. I just tried to come out and be aggressive and crash the board every time."

On what he saw from ASJ: "He was like me being there. He was playing defense and getting stops, taking charges, that's big time. We need that from him."

On if this atmosphere is what he expected to play in: "It's a fun crowd. I'm happy that our fans didn't give up on us even though we didn't make it to the Tournament. They still believed in us."
Darnell Gant:
On how tough the game was: "That was a tough game. They played their hearts out and I feel like we handled adversity well. They came on their runs in the second half and I feel like we cracked down on defense. I think we did a better job overall in the second half just to slow them down. For the whole game they shot 29 percent for three when they were shooting 40-something in the first half."

On what ASJ brought: "Austin did his job. He brought energy and he did a good on Olu. We needed that. The bigs were scoring down low and we needed someone to try and stop them. They scored while Austin was in the game, but he slowed them down."

On if they've moved on from the NCAA Tourney snub: "I feel like we've had the same mindset. It's just for us to get not put in the NCAA Tournament and put in this tournament where as we won the conference title, it's hard to really get motivated for this type of tournament especially for me being in the NCAA Tournament all my years. Every time (during the year) we looked at this like ‘we better not play in the NIT.' But now that we have got these wins and now we're on our way back to New York City, guys are getting more excited and we've taken it game by game where everybody is like if we win this it gets a little more exciting. Now I feel like we've made it there, so now I feel like our guys are going to be focused."

On best part of NYC: "I just want to have fun and enjoy the time, try to get these wins and if we do I feel like it will be that much fun. If we win the whole thing I'll be super excited."

On Aziz's foul trouble - "I feel like when Aziz gets in foul trouble, Austin is our second enforcer and I try and back him up as much as possible. (Aziz) has been stringing some games where they are just calling crazy calls on him. It's like they won't let him play. But Austin came in and made sure he got the defensive things done that Aziz usually does, and I feel like we were real solid on defense, especially in the second half when Aziz was on the bench."

On containing Singler in the second half - "I tried to. The most important thing after we extended the lead was to get stops. We kept E.J. under control. They got some offensive rebounds, but I felt like we got the shooters. I think they shot (from three) 29 percent for the whole game. I think they were maybe shooting 40 percent the first half, so we cracked down on defense, got stops and got the ball out to the 3-point shooters. We did a better job of that in the second half."

On going back to New York again: "I'm just happy that we've extended my senior season, and I want to try and win the whole thing."
Abdul Gaddy:
On defending Devoe Joseph - "I was just trying to make him uncomfortable and be physical with him. He's a tough scorer and a great shooter; he knows how to get his jump shot off. I was trying to make it tough on him, use my length to my advantage."

On the last two defensive plays - "The charge, I was just trying to make a play. I knew E.J. had four, and I was just trying to make a play so that they couldn't score. A lot of it was off instinct. And the foul on Joseph, I was just trying to be aggressive."

On the game - "‘It was one of my better games. I was finding guys and guys were knocking down shots."
Tony Wroten:
On getting back to New York: "Yeah, we definitely wanted to go back. After the NCAA tournament, we tuned into the NIT and our goal was to make it to New York and win it. For us to be going back to Madison Square Garden, one of the most historic arenas is a blessing. When we get there, we have got to take advantage of it and try to win a championship."

On the rematch with Oregon: "Last time we played Oregon, they kind of embarrassed us down in Eugene. They beat us by a lot. We thought we were done playing them, and when we found out we were playing Oregon, we were licking our chops ready. And for us to get a win like this is just big."

On the satisfaction of earning to play another game: "It's good because none of us want our season to end. We want to win another trophy. Going to New York, last time we went there, we didn't win any games. That's more motivation for us and playing for a national championship for the NIT, that's even more motivation. We're so close to doing it. We have a lot on the line, so we just have to stay focused to pull it out."

On having fun tonight: "It was extremely fun. [Romar] was saying the more you win, the more people come, the more you get into the game. This game, to play a rival team like Oregon to a sold out crowd, we have one of the loudest crowds in the country. When they get into it, it was a crazy, exciting, fun game."

On how fun the game was: "Too fun. Love these loud crowds."

On Will Conroy getting up for Oregon and if it has rubbed off on him: "Yeah I talked to him before the game. He was like ‘go on out there and get the win, that's all that matters.'"

On the crowd: "The way they sold it out was crazy, unbelievable. I'm just thankful."

On ASJ: "That football player coming in here and playing basketball means a lot."

On his breakaway dunk at the end: "I thought we had a turnover and then I saw it pop up and then I dunked and it got loud."
Terrence Ross:
On the high intensity of the game: "It was a battle, so that's always fun. We brought intensity; they brought intensity, so it was a real intense game until the end. It was a real fun game, especially playing in front of the Dawg Pack and all the fans; (almost) sold out, so it was fun to play."

Getting excited after the turnaround and one play: "It was just a big play, especially in a big game like this. There was a lot on the line for us; we didn't want our season to end. They beat us bad last time, so being in the position we were, we just wanted to take full advantage of it. I think that's what we did."?

On his confidence: "I think it's putting in the extra work is helping me out."

On if there was payback for Oregon: "I wasn't trying to focus on that because we knew what we had to do to win and staying focused and blocking all that out and not getting distracted."

On what ASJ brought: "Austin played big for us. Even though Aziz got in foul trouble Austin came in and provided a spark offensively and defensively. He was out there banging with the other guys and he really caused them to change some of the things that they did. I think that helped a lot in the beginning of the game and the end."

On ASJ getting under the opposition's skin: "Even in practice he's always setting hard screens, getting on people's nerves. When he applies that to the game it's real difficult for the other team."

On the message at halftime: "Just keep playing and continue to keep our focus and we'll play well."

On NYC: "Can't wait. I love New York, one of my favorite cities."
Austin Seferian-Jenkins:
On having fun and playing hard: "It was really fun, having a good time out there, and having a good time with my teammates."

On what Romar told him when he entered the game: "Nothing, just says ‘Austin," and I run in there – nothing special, I just go in there and play."

On frustrating Oregon: "I'm happy. Obviously them going after me felt like I was the weak link, but hopefully next time they know I'm not the weak link. Whatever they bring at me doesn't really bother me."

On going in the game so early: "I'd figured it would be me or Shawn; you always kind of guess. Shawn could have done the same thing he had gone in, he's just as good."

On the difference tonight between this game and the one in Eugene: "We knew, like last time - but this time we executed. Just coming in and executing and playing tougher and we wanted it more than they did tonight - and it showed. That's why they are going home."

On being able to handle his business in a pressure-packed environment: "I just viewed it as practice, but just with a lot more people around. I might get called, Aziz might get another foul and I might just have to go back in - it's just another part of the scrimmage. I don't make it bigger than it needs to be."

On the hoops crowds compared to the football crowds: "It's definitely more intimate; you get to see people face-to-face and you can hear what they are saying. In football, you might be able to hear what they say, but they can't see you face-to-face. In basketball it's a lot more personal, but that's what makes it better too. I get a charge out of that."
C.J. Wilcox:
On the game plan: "We wanted to make sure we got them off of the three point line and played tough inside. We couldn't let their big guys muscle around like they did when we played them down in Oregon."

On free throws down the stretch: "Free throws are huge that has been one of our main points all season is making free throws in the last four minutes of the game. We had to do it and it really helps to seal the game."

On coach Romar's message at halftime: "We were doing good things. We were playing well on defense, but they were scoring off of our negligence. We got out of place sometimes and they got buckets. I mean they are all shooters and we expect them to make shots, but we definitely got out of rotation on some plays and gave them open looks."
Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman:
On the game: "They shot their free throws very well in the second half. Our guys played hard and battled pretty hard, we just came up a little short. We were pleased with the effort. Defensively, we didn't communicate on some plays and I knew if it got to 90 we were in trouble. We just gave up too many easy baskets."

On the difficulty defending Washington: "They're a talented group. Wilcox, Ross, Wroten driving the ball to the basket—they're hard to guard."

On if this was one of the hardest fought games all year: "Oh, I don't know. Our guys played pretty hard all year. It was a great crowd, great atmosphere. Both teams didn't want their season to finish. We just came up a little short, but it was a great game. We just didn't make the defensive plays we needed to make."

On Washington's 9-0 run to put them up 10 points: "That was a killer for us. We just really gave into it there. No communication, read certain screens wrong, made too many mistakes."

On his team this year: "I'm not disappointed in the guys. They were easy to work with, they played for each other. They didn't have any problems off the floor. They were a great group of guys and I can't say more than anything about them. We came up close in a few situations, we just didn't have enough."
E.J. Singler:
On the game: "The Dawgs played good tonight. We gave it our best shot, we just came up short."

On playing hard until the end: "That's just the character of our team. We never give up, we always fight back. The seniors didn't really want to end this in a loss, we wanted to go to New York, but Washington really played well tonight."

On the difficulty defending Washington: "They're a tough team to guard, especially up here with the environment and stuff. When they hit shots they really get going and they really get a lot of confidence. They're a hard team to guard right now. They're shooting the ball really well."

On their good run at the end of the season: "It was good, but our goals were a lot higher than this. We wanted to do things bigger than this. We wanted to go to the NCAA Tournament, we wanted to go to NY, but those things didn't happen. We just have to really work hard in the offseason, know how much this hurts, and get prepared for next season."
Garret Sim:
On what Washington did against him and Devoe Joseph to limit him: "Just trying to take away shots. They didn't give us any room at all. In the first half I was making plays for other guys. They did a good job of just trying to take easy looks from me and Devoe."

On his career coming to an end: "It's been fun. It hasn't really hit me yet that it's over, but I think I'll look back at my career and really be happy. Especially with this senior year and how far we've come—as a person, as an individual, and the guys I've been around. It's been a lot of fun and I just want to thank the University of Oregon for the opportunity." Top Stories