Players react to loss

Here are player quotes in the aftermath of Oregon's 84-73 win over Washington Thursday at the Staples Center in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Washington guard Brandon Roy:
On loss/senior leadership: "Oregon came to play for 40 minutes. We made some good runs and thought maybe they would go away. But we forgot that every game they play is their last game. They fought with more heart than we did. As seniors I don't think we did a good job of leading the team down the stretch. I am just happy that we have another opportunity to go back out and play and try to prove ourselves again. Same thing with our three-game losing streak, I think it's just bad leadership in the second half and our seniors have to take this one because we are the only ones that control it."

On leadership: "We weren't holding each other up. We didn't have any fight. I didn't hear anybody say, 'Let's go. Let's step up and get some stops.' They were just the tougher team down the stretch. They fought like they had more to play for than we did and it showed. They won the game."

On Aaron Brooks' hit on UW guard Ryan Appleby: "I know why he did it. He did it because he felt that Appleby tried to elbow him. I heard Ernie Kent say, 'This is a tough man's game'. He put Ivan Johnson in there and he dominated us in every way. They just were tougher than we were. They were tougher than we were. We got all the scratches, bumps and bruises. They walked out of here clean. They were the tougher team."
Washington guard Ryan Appleby:
On being hit in the face during the first half: "Something bad happened. There's not much you can say about it. I don't think it affected the team too much. We stopped playing defense and rebounding. That was our big problem."

On struggling to get shots: "They played that extended match-up zone where they can switch guys off. They did a good job helping."
Washington guard Justin Dentmon:
On being in foul trouble: "I guess I was being too aggressive and not thinking about the situation."

On the difference in the second half: "We didn't adjust to their zone. There wasn't enough movement."

On losing and going to the NCAA Tournament: "We feel bad. We are not going to get another chance like this for the season, so we have to come out strong for the (NCAA) Tournament."
Oregon forward Malik Hairston:
On coming back from deficit: "I really think this is how we've been playing the entire season. We haven't been able to get over the hump but we have never stopped fighting. We faced a little adversity and we just came together and executed the game plan." Top Stories