Notes and Quotes - OSU

Here's what Lorenzo Romar, Jay John, Justin Dentmon and Jon Brockman had to say Saturday after Washington defeated Oregon State 91-74 at Bank of America Arena.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
On the wins over the Oregon schools: "I think we made progress this weekend, we played three out of four good halves. We're making progress. Now we're really excited to go on the road and see what's ahead."

On taking that next step as a team: "A lot of it is the process of winning on the road. You always try to make practice tougher than the games and you try to put them in situations that aren't fair, that are uncomfortable. You try to get them in situations where their circuits are going to blow, because that's what it's going to be like. And you keep trying to keep putting them in those positions until nothing fazes them anymore."

On Jon Brockman: "You see how hard he plays, and Jon has taken it upon himself to show everyone what it means to come out here and compete. And I think that's what Jon did tonight."

On Worrying about Brockman's health: "When you dive into things enough and when you run into things enough, those bruises just become hard and you don't worry about them anymore. He brags about the cherries he gets on his legs. That's just how he is, but I don't worry about him getting hurt." On Brockman and Justin Dentmon stepping up: "We need everybody playing well, but you always want leadership from your upperclassmen - guys like Hans, Brandon, Ryan and those guys. Those guys can't do it alone. Jon has been our most consistent player up to this point all year, and it needs to be a team effort."

On Artem Wallace's contribution of late: "He's one of those guys that, when you have other guys that are offensive minded and you're looking for a player to do what we're asking for on the defensive end and on the boards, he's that guy. He understands what we want. He is strong and physical. He's been banging against Brockman for the past two years and he can wear guys down."
Oregon State Head Coach Jay John:
On Jon Brockman: "We had no answer for Jon Brockman, we don't have a guy tough enough to deal with him. Down the stretch he keeps Washington in the game, that is the story. In the first half his energy and his play really helped Washington - he is relentless. He is a fantastic player for this team because he is non-stop energy inside."

On Sasa Cuic's performance against Brockman: "Sasa is a very offensive-minded guy, his offense doesn't go well when he is not rebounding. We had very few offensive rebounds. (Jon) Brockman did a great job using his body and boxing out."

On their first-half offensive effort: "We did some good things in the first half, but we gave them the lead. We executed and shot 52 percent in the first half. We shot poorly from the line and the turnovers that we had often lead to easy points."
Jon Brockman:
On hitting a cheerleader going for a loose ball: "Her name is Emily, that's one of my real good friends. I didn't even realize I had run into her until I was coming back and saw her on the floor. She'll be alright. I'm sure she'll have words for me, her and her boyfriend. They are good friends of mine."

On his battle with OSU's Sasa Cuic: "We were just playing hard and I guess our elbows were catching each others' mouths a few too many times. We just had 'em up and they had to reiterate it about five times during the game."

On how he determines whether or not he's going to dive for a loose ball: "Usually I'm going full-speed, so you just have to go for it. I missed one in the first half and coach got on me a little bit about it, saying how I usually get those. I didn't see the ball, but I should have dove on it. I like doing that, I don't know what it is. It gets the crowd into it, and I think our team can feed off of it too, I think it helps us on defense."

On Artem Wallace's play: "He brings some things that Spencer doesn't bring. They are different people. Artem is a great offensive rebounder, he's really physical and we can really get after the boards when he's in there. When Spencer is in, he brings that offensive force. It gives us versatility. And Hans (Gasser) is playing huge for us right now. They might not show up on the stat sheet, but he is making plays that are helping the team."

On Romar's halftime speech to the team: "He had words, big words. We played horrible in the first half and we had to get after it in the second half, and I think we took care of business."

On the slow start against OSU: "It could have been (hangover after the big win over Oregon), could be that we just weren't ready. It was a one o'clock game, totally different atmosphere."

On whether or not the team has turned a corner: "I think we've taken some huge steps in the right direction and we're not looking back. We definitely have something to prove this weekend coming up because we haven't won on the road yet. We really want to take this energy, this excitement from the last two games and apply that to practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then when we get to Arizona we want to play just like we did today."
Justin Dentmon:
On the win over OSU: "This one feels good, knowing it's our first conference sweep of the year."

On the differences between the two halves: "Second half, we wanted to attack early and get them in foul trouble like we did."
Jon Brockman's 25 points tied a career-high he had earlier this year against Pepperdine.

With 33 blocks, Spencer Hawes passes Todd MacCulloch for sole possession of the Husky Freshman single-season blocks record.

Washington's 91 points is a Pac-10 season-high for the squad. The previous high was 89, set Thursday against the Oregon Ducks.

Washington's 88 percent free-throw percentage is a season-high. The previous high was 85.7 percent against Northern Iowa.

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