Lorenzo Romar quotes and notes - Stanford

It was a hard-fought Pac-10 championship game Saturday in Los Angeles, but in the end the number-one seed earned their stripes. Click on the link for Lorenzo Romar's comments post-game after Stanford defeated Washington 77-66 to take the crown and an automatic berth into NCAA post-season play.

Game Notes:

-Josh Childress averaged 17.5 points in the first two games of this year's Pac-10 Tournament, and has passed the 1,000-point mark coming into Saturday's championship game. He became the 34th player in 89 years of Stanford basketball to reach that figure. He finished with 14 in the final game.

-In the 118-game series between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal, this is only the third time they played on a neutral court. After the win tonight, the Cardinal has a 5-0 record on neutral courts, while the Huskies are 2-1.

-1987 was the last time the Huskies advanced to the championship game of the Pac-10 Tourney, but they lost to UCLA 76-64.

-When the Huskies and Cardinal last played, Stanford committed 18 turnovers and only shot 39% from the field. The Cardinal committed 17 turnovers tonight, but increased their field goal percentage to 52.5%.

-After their shoot-around, several Dawgs took time out to high-five young, admiring fans on their way to the locker room.

First Half Notes:

-For the third day in a row, shooting from the free throw line was not one of the Huskies' strong points, with a percentage of only 50%.

-After not playing in the loss against Washington on March 6, senior Justin Davis made his presence known early, scoring 11 points in the first half. He would finish with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Second Half Notes:

-After every time out, fans in purple and gold got to their feet to try and pick up their struggling team.

-Poor shooting cost Washington late in the game, as they completed only 24.3% of their field goals in the second half. They were unable to score any 3-point field goals in the final two quarters.

-This is Stanford's first Pac-10 Tournament title. The only other time they have played in the championship game was against Arizona in 1989, when they lost 73-51.

-After outscoring Arizona 40-6 from the bench a night before, Washington was outscored 25-12, including 11 points from Cardinal senior reserve Joe Kirchofer.

-Bobby Jones fouled out for the second game in a row after scoring 11 points for Washington. He set the record for most personal fouls in a tournament by a single player with 14.

-The three seniors on Stanford scored a combined 44 points.


Lorenzo Romar post-game comments:

General comments: "We lost today to an awfully good basketball team, no doubt about it. They're a very efficient club. They don't make very many mistakes. They got an inside perimeter game and don't take many bad shots. We've got to give them a lot of credit. In the second half they really buckled down and did a great job defending us. We hung around and didn't have enough today to get over the hump."

On the Pac-10 Tournament improving the reputation of the conference: "Hopefully it did (improved the way the conference is viewed nationally). Many haven't seen us on a national scale, in terms of the University of Washington. Everyone's very familiar with Arizona and, more recently, Stanford, but a lot of people weren't familiar with us. The fact that we were on television shows people what we've accomplished the last two months and how we've competed, so we're a third team that people can be made aware of."

On Stanford today versus a week ago: "I felt that they have more defensive energy tonight. They had more energy overall. They got out of transition on us early and got some easy baskets. In the first half, that was probably the difference.

"This team is so balanced. The team with Curtis Borchardt and Casey Jacobsen was awfully good. This group I don't think is as talented, but I think Coach Montgomery might say that this team is one of the tougher, more resilient groups that he's had. That's not to say that this team is without talent. It's not like you have talent over here and toughness over here. Casey Jacobsen and those guys are NBA guys. This team has talent. Josh Childress is very talented. I think Chris Hernandez should have been Pac-10 Player of the Year, so they have a lot of talent on this team."

On Justin Davis: "He's a guy you've got to lay a body on. He helps guys like Lottich because he's going to score when he gets down there. You really have to concentrate on boxing him out because he's relentless on the boards."

On making the NCAA tourney after a loss: "I'm confident that we should be in, there's no doubt about it. I think we've done everything to impress the Committee to show that we're one of the 65 best teams in the country. Will we get it? We'll be sitting in front of that television waiting."


Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery's post-game comments:

On presence of big men: "I thought it was important to get back to what we normally do. Getting Justin (Davis) back really gave us a presence inside, and I thought Joe Kirchofer was huge. I think we're best big, and it keeps us on the boards. It was important that we out-rebounded them because we haven't been doing that lately."

This game versus the game in Seattle: "They're quick. There as quick a team as we've faced, and they really get after you on the perimeter. If you can't make them pay inside, then your advantage is pretty much negated. We didn't do a great job inside (in Seattle). They rotate to the ball extremely well. It made them extremely aware of our inside game and that helps."

On having Justin Davis play: "What's the point in waiting around? With three games in a row, the value for us was getting Justin back into some games. He got better the more confident he got. We want to use Nick (Robinson) at the two and three and four spot. He (Davis) was good early and at the beginning of the second half."

On whether Washington should make the NCAA Tournament: "There's no question they should be in the Tournament. They finished second and beat some very good basketball teams. Their quickness challenges people and gives them problems. I am sure they were tired during the game because it looked like we were tired, too. They have energy and they play well together. If they play a team with big people they are going to have to adjust."

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