Coach's quotes - Oregon vs. UW

Ernie Kent waited as long as he could, but finally he took off, deciding instead to talk to Lorenzo Romar at a later time. Romar, who was doing a radio interview at the time, finished his obligations and then went back toward Washington's locker room, unsatisfied with the Huskies' effort and poise in an 84-73 loss to Oregon. But there was unfinished business with Kent.

"I can't comment on the incident. Both (Brooks and Appleby) are two really great kids," was all Kent would say to the media after the game, the 'incident' being a blatant forearm shiver by his player - Aaron Brooks - apparently in retaliation for Appleby grazing Brooks' chin with a shoulder on Washington's previous possession in the first half. The referees immediately ejected Brooks, and despite Kent's modest protestations, he didn't dwell on it for long. "The regrouping after Aaron was thrown out of the game came from Malik Hairston, who huddled the team up and said that they were going to step up and get this done for him (Brooks)."

Romar, instead of focusing his frustrations on the play, let everyone know in no uncertain terms that Oregon had taken the game to the Huskies. "Give Oregon a lot of credit...they came out and tried to pound us," he said. "Maybe they wore us down because they played physical, but we're used to physical wars. We just kind oflost our intensity in the second half. Something we talk about a lot is to not allow our offense to creat a mindeset to increase our intensity, let your defense do it. I think tonight we weren't as successful in the second half offensively, so we let our guard down defensively."

The let down was coupled by a huge second-half run spurred on by the play of sophomore Chamberlain Oguchi, who didn't have a point in the first half, but tore up Washington's defense to the tune of points when it counted down the stretch. Bobby Jones did a magnificent job of guarding Oguchi early, not allowing him to take a lot of uncontested looks. When Jones was out of the game in the second half, Oguchi got hot. When Romar was able to re-insert Jones back in, Oguchi was in a zone. Oguchi's six three-pointers for the game matched the same number he had Wednesday against Washington State, already making him the all-time tournament leader for threes, despite the fact that he has potentially two more games to play.

"Give Oregon credit because they were aggressive," Romar said. "Obviously Oguchi got them going. He got them inspired and we weren't able to turn it around."

In listening to Kent, it was as much the inside play of Cincinnati transfer Ivan Johnson inside that allowed Oguchi to find more open space around the arc. Johnson's double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds), including 10 second-half points, helped fuel a balanced Duck attack, one that really put the pressure on the Huskies when they desperately tried to hold onto a lead.

"At halftime we just talked about playing tougher basketball," Kent said. "The first half we just weren't tough enough, but at half time the talk centered on being tougher in the game and individually. I think they did a nice job responding. All of these guys; Malik, Jordan (Kent), Chamberlain and Ivan all had amazing second halves. They played with poise and composure. Our philosophy was to stay aggressive the whole way and to not go in to any slow-down offense. We've been thre before, so we're going to keep pushing and scoring and we'll continue to close out games that way."
Notes:
This is the third time in seven Pac-10 tournaments where the No. 7 seed has defeated the No. 2 seed.

The Ducks and Arizona share the distinction of having the most Pac-10 Tournament victories (7) since the event was renewed in 2002. Kent is 7-2 career in the Pac-10 Tournament, while Romar is 5-2.

The 13-point deficit (36-49) was the largest Oregon has overcome to win this year.

Oguchi's 22 second-half points were only two points short of the tournament record for most point in a half. Reggie Miller of UCLA scored 24 points in the first half of the Bruins' 1987 game against ASU. He also tied the record for most three-pointers attempted in a game (14).

Washington's Brandon Roy became the eighth player, and the first Husky, to score 30 points in a Pac-10 tournament game. Former UW guard Nate Robinson scored 29 against Arizona State last season.


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