On Justin Dentmon: "It was good to see Justin Dentmon play at such a high level, and it was good to see Spencer Hawes back in the lineup as well. This week we decided to put Justin Dentmon back in the lineup. He has been steadily coming along and tonight we saw how much progress he has made since his early season slump. You saw him coming up with rebounds and steals and those are the things you are looking for in Justin Dentmon."
On contributions from role players: "I think a lot of guys stepped up and did some great things; One was Hans Gasser's big three-point shot, and then Brandon Burmeisters's deflection right before the half that prevented Oregon from getting any momentum."
On the team's defensive effort tonight: "We played pretty good defense tonight, but there were times when we had lapses. Certain combinations on the floor gave us a high level of intensity, but I thought we came out really sharp on the defensive end. I thought that our guys did a good job in their rotations. Oregon had some good looks on the switch and sometimes anything goes."
Oregon Coach Ernie Kent:
On his team being outhustled: "I thought they set the tone in the first half where they pounded us a little bit on the boards and we had a hard time them keeping them off, and had a hard time defending them."
On Washington's effort: "To their credit, they battled hard the entire game. I thought they played a lot harder than us in this ballgame."
On being without star Aaron Brooks: "Well, you miss him, and he's our leader, and we know that. But at the same time, he has nothing to do with boxing out (Jon) Brockman and (Spencer) Hawes on the boards. Weak side rotation – that has nothing to do with Aaron either. We didn't do a good enough job in this ball game."
UW guard Justin Dentmon:
On having a big night: "I think I got some pressure off my back. It was just good to see smiles on my teammates' faces."
On whether or not tonight's game was a must win: "Coach told us in practice that we have one more bullet left, and this was it. I think we wanted it more than they did."
On starting: "I'm back in there, and I'm never going to give it up, because I'm going to work my tail off."
On making adjustments: "I'm attacking more. Coach (Cameron) Dollar and I have been watching tape and decided that I need to put more pressure on the defense and create for my teammates."
On whether or not the team is finally clicking: "If we beat Oregon State, I'd say we're starting to click"
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