Quotes - Cal/UW

SEATTLE - The University of Washington Basketball team's Jekyll and Hyde home/road act continued Thursday night against the California Golden Bears. Here's what the Huskies, as well as California Head Coach Ben Braun, had to say about UW's 79-71 win at Bank of America Arena. As you might expect, most of the comments were about the double-double supplied by UW sophomore captain Jon Brockman.

Lorenzo Romar:
General Comments: "I'm proud of our guys tonight. One thing that stands out is the difference on the boards from last game to this game. Much has been made of the 18 second-chance points they got last time. I think this time we were very aggressive. Thank goodness we had Jon Brockman. He just played a sensational basketball game, and like he has done so many times this year, he just said `I am going to show you guys how to compete.' And it's hard not to follow his example. I thought this was a great team win for us to open our home stand, and now we've got to get prepared for a tough game on Sunday."

On difference playing at home: "We have competed on the road too, but rarely have we not competed at home - rarely, if ever, this year."

On the difference between playing hard and competing: "If I am running back on defense, and my opponent is ten steps ahead of me and I am running hard, but I don't see the ball, I am playing hard but I am not competing. If you are competing, that means you are trying to win, so that means I have to see the ball. When I am getting screened, I may grunt and groan and try to get through the screen, but I ran right into the screen - I am not competing. I've got to find a way to get around that screen. That's what I mean by competing - getting into position to take a charge and then taking that charge, just sprinting back on defense...that is kind of what I mean. We did a good job of it tonight. We did a better job of it tonight. The first half I didn't think we crashed the boards real well on the offensive end but I thought we did a better job of that tonight. Definitely better than the last time we played them."

On finding a rhythm: "I think there are several teams in our league that kind of play a certain style of ball that looks like it is hard to find a rhythm. There are certain teams that kind of make the game that way, and Cal is one of those teams."

On Brockman's leadership: "When it is all said and done there is a good chance - he is only a sophomore so we don't know what is going to happen - there is a good chance he could be the best leader I have ever been around. As you see his motor out there on the floor - it never stops - he never stops. Anyone that has not been a leader, that is one of the hardest things to do, because you can never take time off. Your example always has to be the highest, you don't have time to have a pity party for yourself where everyone else does...He never has a bad day as a leader, and that is hard to do. He is constantly trying to get guys to rally up. It's not a rah-rah fake type of leadership, it is his heart and soul."

On comparisons to Brandon Roy as a leader: "Brandon grew into a leader, but not until he was a senior. It's remarkable to me as a sophomore. That Jon is leading the way he is."
California Head Coach Ben Braun:
On trying to stop Brockman: "I challenged our guys and told them that Jon Brockman had zero assists and five turnovers. This guy is looking to score. He is an aggressive guy and we were worried about him bouncing back after last game, and boy did he bounce back. I thought that he used his strength and knocked down some shots. I think that he had the kind of game that Washington needed from him. We did some double teams but I don't think that we were as effective as we could be. Give Brockman credit, he made some moves to get around it. It's tough to stop him when he gets a deep position. It's easier said than done, that's a hard position to defend from."
Jon Brockman:
On the team's focus tonight: "We got hammered on the boards at Cal, it was a lot like last weekend at Arizona. It was a focal point for us to come out and kill them on the boards. Rebounding is one of the things I really enjoy doing and it's one of my strong points. When we were at Cal, they came out and punked us - they socked us in the face on numerous plays so that was definitely motivating."

On the physical nature of the game: "It was a fun game. The refs let us play. I love the physical part of the game- the scraping elbows, elbows to the mouth sometimes- it's the way I think the game should be played."

On his current motivation: "It's really just the taste of losing. It's the worst thing in the world, and I hate it. There's nothing worse than sitting there after a game, knowing that you just got beat, and knowing you could have done more things to help your team win".

On knocking down Quincy Pondexter: (chuckling) "I didn't realize it if I did, but if I did, he was probably in my way. He should know better by now."
Justin Dentmon:
On being motivated to hit his free throws tonight: "(Ayinde) Ubaka came up to me before the game and asked me how I missed the free throw at the end of the last game and I told him I wasn't going to be missing any tonight."

On Brockman: "He was real big. Coach (Romar) told us that they couldn't guard us in the post and Brockman showed them that…they couldn't guard us in the post."

On getting back to the tournament: "Oh yeah, where there's a will there's a way, and we've got a way. We just need to fight."


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