Lorenzo Romar quotes and notes

There was plenty to say from both Lorenzo Romar and Lute Olson after Washington defeated Arizona 90-85 in the semi-finals of the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

-This was the first meeting between UW and Arizona in the scattered history of the Pac-10 Tournament. Arizona has previously played every other Pac-10 team at least once.

-This year's tournament marks the highest the Huskies have been seeded in its history, while the number-three seed is the lowest for the Wildcats.

-Fans in blue and red greatly outnumbered the fans in purple and gold, but the Husky fans made their presence known early on.

-Former Husky star quarterbacks Warren Moon and Marques Tuiasosopo were in attendance at tonight's game. Former Boston Celtic Larry Bird was also in the audience.

-Both teams were plagued by turnovers in the first half, Washington committing 14 and the Wildcats 8. Arizona capitalized on these with 16 points.

-Junior guard Salim Stoudamire was held to only 1 FG in 16 minutes of play in the first half. He finished with 9 points and fouled out with two minutes left in the game. Sophomore Hassan Adams picked up the slack, scoring 18 in the first two quarters and finishing with 30. He became the sixth player in Pac-10 Tournament history to score 30 points in a game and the sixth player to record five steals in a game. He was the first to accomplish both in the same game.

-Free throws continued to bother the Huskies for the second day in a row, as they only converted 66.7%.

-After Nate Robinson hit the shot over Channing Frye to give the Huskies a 76-68 lead with 4:54 left to play, he pointed to the Stewart twins sitting in the crowd, who acknowledged him.

-Six Huskies scored in double figures: Nate Robinson 20, Tre Simmons 19, Brandon Roy 12, Curtis Allen 11, and Hakeem Rollins and Bobby Jones each finished with 10.

-Washington's bench outscored Arizona's 40-6. Three of the six Huskies who scored in double figures came off of the bench.

-Rollins finished with a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies.


Coach Lorenzo Romar's post-game comments:

General comments: "I'm stating the obvious, but we're extremely pleased with our effort tonight. Arizona is a good basketball team, we all know that. I could ramble on, but it's pretty simple: I'm just proud of these guys.

"I think the beauty of our team this year is that we have several guys that can do a lot of things for us. Brandon [Roy] scored 30 against UCLA, Tre Simmons scores 20 on the road. These guys get in a rhythm and are capable of doing a lot of things for us."

On Nate Robinson, who finished with 20 points: "Arizona probably plays a similar style to the way we do, up and down. They would probably tell you that's when he enjoys himself the most–when the game's up and down. When he gets into a rhythm and in the zone, he's capable of doing a lot of things.

"He had taken some questionable shots early, but he kept coming and didn't get discouraged. He gave us a lift, no doubt about it."

On playing Stanford again: "We're looking forward to playing in the championship of the tournament. Regardless of who you play, that's excitement enough. We've worked very hard. These guys have put aside personal glory for the team, and now as a team they're in the championship. I think that's what we're looking forward to more than anything."

On hitting 3-point field goals: "Fortunately we were able to (make three-point plays) because they were in the zone quite a bit. Curtis Allen hit some timely, timely three point shots for us. Our guys moved the basketball very well and looked for the open player, and that's why we were able to get open looks. Normally that would be too many threes for us, but when our players are going like that, you've got to take them."

On Hakeem Rollins, who finished with a double-double (10 rebounds, 10 points): "Being from Arizona, it was good to see Hakeem go out and play the way he did. A double-double's pretty special; I know it's pretty special for him."


Coach Lute Olson's post-game comments:

General comments: "They're (Washington) very difficult to play. They're quick. Defensively, it seems like there are six guys out there. They're very active, and they knocked shots down. The telling area for us was on the boards again; they got too many second-efforts. They outscored us by 8 on second-chance points, and that was a killer. It hurt in the first half that we into foul trouble again, and we just don't have enough depth to be effective if we have to sit people out."

On Washington: "Washington plays hard and shoots the ball well. Every guy they have is a real threat. They have eight guys with fifteen or more minutes, and we ended up in a situation where we had to play guys probably more than we should.

"Obviously they're a better ball club than we are. I mean, that's 0 and 3 against them. They played great and they deserved to win."

On the NCAA Tournament: "Hopefully we'll get in. There is no excuse for that (playing heavy minutes in back-to-back games). It's all about the competitive juices and getting after it. One good thins is that we don't have any injuries coming out of this weekend. We'll see what happens on Sunday."

On Washington's turnaround from 0-5 start: "They play so hard, and I think they got that first win and got some confidence in the way they were shooting the ball. You wonder what would have happened if they hadn't hit that three to send the Oregon State game into overtime. When you have a young club like Lorenzo (Romar) has, confidence is critical. You can see in the way they shoot the ball that they're very confident in what they're doing. When they started 0-5, as young as they were, it was just a matter of gaining confidence. You can see the way they play now. They're extremely confident. Their bench does a great job, they had forty points tonight. They get after you defensively–they're very quick."

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