Players' Quotes - UW/ILL (Expanded)

SAN DIEGO - Here are quotes from Brandon Roy, Bobby Jones and other Washington players, as well as Illinois' Dee Brown and James Augustine after the Huskies defeated the Fighting Illini 67-64 in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament in San Diego, Calif.

Brandon Roy:
On their defensive intensity: "We think they are a very good half-court defensive team and I thought we did a great job of attacking them in their half-court sets."

On going back to man in the second half: "Dee (Brown) hit that three and we told coach, 'Let's get out of this zone. We need to suck it up, but play it (man) down the stretch. He said, 'Alright, let's go man'. And it was a total team effort. Bobby played well down the stretch, Mike played well down the stretch, Jamaal did a great job of rotating over. It was a total team effort. Justin made shots. I've said it for a long time; for this team to be good it has to be more than a one-man show. It has to be a team effort. We showed that tonight."

On Romar listening to players and always using their input: "Not always. But he knows that, when we are in the heat of the moment and we have some possessions, he's like, 'You're right, let's do that'. And that's what makes him a great coach. He listens to his players. I asked coach to call this play, and he'll listen to that. I'm a senior, I've been here four years and he understands me. He just allowed us to make plays and he gives us that freedom to make plays. Again, we were able to make plays tonight."

On getting over the hump physically and mentally in the second half: "It was tough. I'm tired. I'm giving it my all and they were just pounding us. But when you're playing you don't always really see the game, and he (Romar) can see the game. And he was like, 'Hey guys, we have a chance to win this game'. He had to make us really believe that. He said, 'You guys guard (James) Augustine, you'll have a chance to win. Just try to stop him, it doesn't matter what anyone else does'. Down the stretch, we started believing. He just made us believe. We just overwhelmed them with our pressure and made the stops we needed to down the stretch to win the game."

On Dentmon's four-point play: "I've never seen anything like that before. We've been in big games where teams have us on the ropes and they have knocked us out. But I've been saying it all year; this team is doing things that last year's team just couldn't do. If we were staggered last year, more than likely you were going to knock us out. This team, we've answered the bell numerous times on the road in the Pac-10. And we knew those games were going to be the ones that would prepare us for these stages that we're at right now. And it showed too. We were staggered, but we kept coming back fighting and we won this game. We built on that during the season."

On Illinois being physical and trying to take him out of his game early: "They say, he's a finesse play, let's take him out of his rhythm. I like to take pride in not being a one-dimensional player. I don't think I'm a one-dimensional player. I came out fast, so I tried to relax a little bit. The game wasn't going to be won in the first ten minutes. I think it was just a total team effort. They guys did a great job of stepping up when they saw that I was kind of fatigued and trying to get a little rest, and I just tried to make plays. Everyone made plays tonight."

On thinking this might be his last game: "Yeah, you think. Me and Bobby are yelling, 'Hey! If we lose, we're done! If we're going to lose, let's at least be able to say that we lost giving it our all for the last ten minutes. And we came out and gave it our all for the last ten minutes of the game and fortunately we came away with the win. Our backs were against the wall, and doubt does creep in. I'm thinking, 'This can't be it for me, I don't want to go out this way. I don't want to lose like this. And we were able to come right back, keep fighting and get the win."

On Dentmon being better than the freshman Roy at the free-throw line: "Oh yeah. He's definitely a way better free-throw shooter than I was as a freshman. He's steps up big-time. He definitely made more than I did my freshman year."

On Dentmon's performance against Illinois mirroring his effort against Gonzaga: "It was different because I watched that game from the bench, but tonight he continued to make plays. Late in the game, I'm the only one that's penetrating, but he said, 'I'm going to keep penetrating, B'. And even if he's missing shots, he's drawing help for extra rebounds. He just did a tremendous job."

On it being like Louisville for a while: "Louisville hit us, we got tired, and we didn't answer the bell. Tonight we got tired and we had numerous guys step up and answer the bell. I'm not here to say that this year's team is better than last year's team, but I think this team is a really good team, and we're really together. And I think you can go as far as you want to go as long as you believe in each other."

On changing his mindset re: the refs: "I took three of them (charges) where there weren't any whistles and then I took two more when they called fouls. Maybe they just don't call charges all that much in that league. But what it told me was that I could do almost anything I wanted to going to the basket. If a guy did step up, I could almost run them over. I don't think they were going to call the charge, so it really opened the game up for me offensively. It worked out for us."

Bobby Jones:
On James Augustine: "It was all mental. Like Coach says, whenver we make mistakes, it wasn't because they were doing something great, it was because we weren't doing our principles. When we were in the huddle in one of the timeouts, they made it simple that if we don't stop him, they're going to have a great chance to win. Coach looked at Mike, Mike looked at him and Mike came to the conclusion that this could be it for him, so he might as well go out like there's no tomorrow, where there isn't. We just wanted to make it as hard as possible for him to score. He's great and everything, but you have one great player and you have five other people on the court trying to stop him, that makes it hard for him to score."

On guarding Dee Brown: "At first before we did the scouting, I was a little wary. But once we did the scouting and coach told us what his strengths were and how he scores, I realized that he does certain things, great, but what if we shut those things down? What are his counters? And his counters didn't match up with his strengths. I did a great job. I played it smart. I gave him his space when I needed to and I pressured him when I needed to and I kept him on his toes the whole game. That dude is fast. We already knew from Day One how quick he was. He's an All-American, he was player of the year last year in his conference, went to the championship game and if he didn't get hurt last year, he'd probably be in the NBA. I looked at it as a challenge, and I like to rise to those kind of challenges. I feel good when I can say I stopped and I slowed down some of the best players in the country, because that's what I do best. I love to play defenseand I just want to make it hard for them, because as a team, everybody has to do a little bit of something. What I thrive on is playing defense and stickng the best players and just bugging them and annoying them. I feel like that's what I did today, contest every shot - get in on them and don't let anything seem easy for 40 minutes. He played a lot of minutes already, so on top of that he should be pretty tired. I know I am, I chased him around all game."

On the current reputation of Washington: "We're going to play the way we know how to play. We played probably the toughest team in America - UCLA - twice, and won both games, at their place and at our place. It doesn't get any tougher than them. We never back down from anybody. Just because a couple bad situations happened to us, and where we had to be the bigger men and take the situation on the nose, that doesn't mean anything about us being soft. I hope this game proved to everybody that we're not soft, because everybody's seen Illinois is one of the toughest teams in the Big Ten."

On adjusting to the referees: "We were going through our rotations, but they weren't calling charges, So it was like, 'Ok, we can't control what the refs do, let's just control what we do'. Things happened where we manned-up and wanted to make it as hard as possible for them to score. They are a three-point shooting team and we just wanted to get the jump on their doubles and contest every shot."

On whether or not he imagined two Sweet 16 runs when he signed with Romar: "I can say yes, but also no. At that time, who would have thought that all that would happen while I was there? But now things have happened, and it's why I came here. I believed in him and I believed that he could turn the program around. If I didn't think that, I would have never committed to him. So it's a yes and no answer, but we're doing it, and I'm happy we are."

On UCLA playing right afterward: "When we got off the court, I saw them and told them, 'It's your time to make it there too'. We know how tough a team they are. They might be the toughest team in the country. And we beat them twice. If they handle their business and play the way they can play, they won't have any problems making it just like we did."

On playing close to home (Long Beach): "My family definitely came down for this game. I don't know if they are going to be able to make it to Washington D.C. next week, but we have to savor the moment. Hopefully we'll go out to dinner, soak it all in, because once Sunday and Monday roll around, it's back to work again getting ready for our next game. It's a great time right now and we're all going to celebrate and have a good time tonight."

On not getting to guard Dee Brown on the final shot: "I wasn't worried, because coach made the call at the end to switch everything no matter what. Jamaal has long arms and coach said, 'When he jumps, you jump!'. Earlier in the season we experienced that at Stanford, so we knew what we didn't have to do. If he makes that shot, it's March Madness. If he didn't, we're going to be happy because we did what we had to do."

On the second-half turning point: "The four-point play, no question. When JD made that play, it totally turned the tide of the game around. Then we knew all we needed was stops. We made it pretty simple. If we got stops, we were going to win the game, no matter what. We played like there was no tomorrow."

Mike Jensen:
On the beginning of the second half, and regrouping: "Coach just came up to me and told me that they needed me and they needed someone to lock down Augustine. I just told myself that this might be the last time I get a chance to do this, so I gave it everything I had and it was enough. I was able to shut him down. I was able to make a big shot and then we were able to get the win."

On his three-point shot: "Anytime the team makes a run late in the game, other teams leave me open for some reason. (laughs) So anytime they leave me open I'm going to keep shooting, and lately I've had success with it."

On shutting down the other bigs outside of Augustine: "Sometimes you have to let the stars get their points and limit the role players. That was one of our strategies tonight. We didn't want to let Augustine score as much as he did, but he didn't score for the final 14 minutes of the game. We did a good job overall."

On the physical nature of their big men: "They were kind of physical, but everything in basketball, you can control it mentally. We condition year around, we've played in all kinds of games, all kinds of tournaments, so we were ready for what's going on. I think we stepped up at the right time."

On his understanding of the history behind Washington and Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament: "I saw the Rip Hamilton shot and followed the Huskies that year. That was the first year I watched them. I was a fan of Bob Bender. Watching that run they had, that was really amazing."

On Washington's chances beating a No. 1-seed: "Anything can happen in the NCAA tournament. It's March Madness right now, you can't count on anything."

Justin Dentmon:
On moving out to Washington from Illinois: "My Mom, she told me to go out and do your best, go see things she never saw, make her proud. That's what I'm trying to do."

On his offensive assertiveness during the game: "Brandon got his fourth foul, and I was like, 'Brandon can't foul out of this game'. I just tried to step up and make big shots."

On this game being reffed differently than any other game UW has played this year: "Coach told us in the locker room to just control what you can control. You can't control the referees. They are going to make their calls, so you just have to go out there and do what you do."

On taking advantage of the way the referees called the game: "Yeah, we felt that way. Coach said to spread it and get to the hole - they are going to foul you...and that's what we did."

On how UW was able to make their second-half run: "It was just a matter of stops. Coach said that all we needed was to stop them and to come back down on our end and get a good shot, make our free throws and rebound."

On the four-point play and whether or not he'll be talking it up to friend (and Illinois guard Jamar Smith): "That play was great. But I'm going to put it in the past. It really came at the right time. I wouldn't have picked another time for it to come."

Jon Brockman:
On Illinois' physicality: "It didn't really jump out at me. It was similar to the Pac-10. Everyone was bringing it. I wasn't taken away by the physicality at all."

On the refereeing: "There were a couple of calls that could have gone either way. It was a great college game. It was that NCAA-tournament style of game."

On the strong team defense in the second half: "Always. Our defense isn't just a four-man, three-man, two-man group. All five guys have to be like a fist, moving together. That's what we rely on."

On the first thing that happened to him when he realized UW had won the game: "My heart stopped. It's scary, because he (Dee Brown) will make it eight times out of ten. He's a great shooter. We got fortunate."

On James Augustine: "Augustine is a great player, and coming in we knew we weren't going to be able to stop him from getting the ball every time, he's too good of a player. With Mike blocking him down, he went through a little stretch where he was scoring a lot, but when it came down to it, he got nothing."

Dee Brown:
On last play: "We were trying to double down and have them come out, but they switched everything, so I had to take the shot."

On last game with James Augustine: "We are still going to be friends and brothers, which will last forever. But knowing that I won't get to play with James again, it hurts. We've got to do outr own thing because we're still going to be brothers and keep in contact with each other."

On free-throw discrepancy: "We were hacking more, and we weren't disciplined on defense."

James Augustine:
On Washington's defensive adjustments: "I doln't know what adjustments they made. Obviously they switched some things, they took some things away we were trying to do. I think we played harder, which is what helped us get back into it, and while we were trying to do what we wanted to do during the game, it just didn't work out."

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