VIDEO: Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar Post-Game - Montana Grizzlies

Here's what Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar had to say to the media post-game after the Huskies rolled past the Montana Grizzlies 92-62 Saturday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 6647 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Opening statement “I’ll be the first to admit that I did not see that coming. I have a lot of respect for the Montana program and coach DeCuire, coach Bone, and their staff, Martin Breunig, all of them. We just watched them play Gonzaga and we were prepared to play a tough game down to the wire. We felt that’s what it was going to be. Give our guys a lot of credit. We came out ready to play from the outset. And we took care of the ball early and just played right early. I’m excited that we were able to get that done. That Montana team is a really good basketball team.”

 

On if he has to keep tabs on young players and keep them from getting excessive “This team has been pretty good that way in terms of being workman-like, business-like. We throw it off the board and the guy scores it, I wouldn’t say that would be something we practice. I’ll put it like that. They’re young kids and that’s just something you work through. My first thought was to just call a timeout and make sure we understand how we’re supposed to handle those situations. I just thought about doing it another way; talk about it a different way. We shouldn’t hang on the rim and get technical, but Marquese (Chriss) played his heart out and played very hard and did a fantastic job. Again, those guys are out there working hard and what we’ve told them before is you don’t go out on the floor to have fun; you work your tail off and when you do fun will be a byproduct. Our guys did so I’m not going to get on all of our guys about that situation based on how we handled that whole game and how we’ve handled our season up to this point.”

 

On Marquese Chriss avoiding foul trouble “He’s learning. Again, a freshman. Marquese started playing organized basketball here when he was in the ninth grade and he’s a freshman here. So, just like anyone else, he has to learn. To his credit he came out and didn’t foul. And you can see there were a couple of times that he would have fouled but he showed the officials his hands to say ‘hey, I wasn’t touching him.’ That’s a level of maturity on his part, so we’ve got to give him a lot of credit for that.”

 

On what the staff is doing to instill the energy needed for fast starts “Coach Shapiro came to me, and I mentioned this a little earlier, he came to me with the idea of meeting with the guys for a longer scout up on the board first thing. Before and for years, and just about everybody does it, is you go out, you warm up, and you get your warm ups in. Then you meet with your scout and come back out and it’s kind of a hot-cold. You get hot-cold. Now the way we do it our guys are cold in the beginning and once they’re hot and loose and warm we don’t really come in and sit down for very long after that. That may have something to do with it but I also think this group loves to play basketball. They love to play basketball with each other. The game is fun for them and it’s fun to watch their teammates and watch each other be successful. I think that has a lot to do with guys coming out with that fire wanting to play.”

 

On what the team needs to improve on “Just overall getting better. They (Montana) still had 17 offensive rebounds. We still have to do a better job of boxing out. We do a good job of attacking the glass ourselves but we still have to prepare for the game that a team does not turn the ball over. Where they only turn the ball over 10 times in a game and offensively we’re just not going to be able to get easy baskets. We’re going to have to get that ball reversal. We still have to prepare for that when that one day comes and it’s going to come. Those are the things we have to continue to get better at. We focused on December being an important month for us to try to get as good as we could possible get before league. And I like our progression; I think we’re making good progress but we still have a ways to go to get to a point where we can go into conference and compete at a high level.”

 

On Malik Dime “I’m not trying to say I told you so, but go back and look at your summer notes. What about Malik Dime? He blocks shots. That’s why we recruited him. We knew he could protect the rim. We knew he could finish around the rim. The things that he’s doing are no surprise. If he was averaging one block a game we would be saying what’s wrong with Malik? That’s not the guy we recruited. That’s not the guy we thought we were bringing in. What he’s doing it what we recruited him for. That was the niche when he decided to come with us that he assumed; that he was going to be a shot blocker. But I think Malik can do more things than that. I think he can score for us as well.”

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