Quotes – Oregon

SEATTLE – Here are quotes from Lorenzo Romar, Justin Dentmon, Isaiah Thomas and Jon Brockman after the Washington Huskies defeated the Oregon Ducks 103-84 Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Arena.

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening comments - "I thought we played really good basketball in the first half. I thought we let our guard down a little bit on the defensive end early, and we allowed them to get into a bit of a rhythm and it allowed Tajuan Porter to really get going. The last four games we've played against Oregon, Tajuan hasn't hurt us, we've able to hold him at bay a little bit. But once they got a little bit of an offensive rhythm, and got going and he went crazy."

On the standings - "We're a game-and-a-half up on them (UCLA). We can come back next week, come back next Monday and we're in third of fourth place. That's how this league is right now. Again, do we have focus? Are we going to practice right this week? Are we going to pay attention to detail? That's all we can worry about. It's great we're in that position, we've worked hard to get there. But the moment we start to relax Oregon can score 59 on us in a half and so can Arizona."

On Quincy Pondexter - "He's playing sound basketball, all-around basketball. He's getting a lot done on the floor. Again with his recent success, as people talk to me about, he's been like a rebuilt engine. He's taken his game apart, rebuilt it. He's more improved I think."

On if Dentmon should be player of the week - "I would hope they would give him high consideration, he's been pretty good."
Justin Dentmon:
On what was bigger - the win or his dunk - "The win because we needed the win because we haven't got a sweep in a long time."

On if he was ever nervous - " No, just got to think of it like we were playing bad defense and if you want to be a champion we can't play bad defense in the second half. We have to finish the game out the way a champion would."

On him and Thomas: "We're like a two-headed monster brewing, a guard version of it. We take a lot weight off the bigs' shoulders, they don't have to fight as much to get open knowing we can attack the rim and get it to them."

On preparing for OSU and UO - "It's very difficult, especially with only a day and half to prepare for them. You go from a zone standpoint to a man standpoint on defense. Oregon shoots a lot of threes so we had to emphasize taking them off the three."

On if he enjoys beating UO a lot - "I enjoy it. I enjoy it from the standpoint that they are a rivalry, and you can say, ‘yea we beat them, we beat our rival' and it prepares us mentally for the UCLA game. This win is going to help this this team build more confidence."

On ending the season - "This is where champions come out to play. Once the light is on we have to come out and perform."
Isaiah Thomas:
On guards feeding off the bigs - "We start with the ball and try and get it to the big man as much as possible. Me and JD always tell each other we have to be aggressive and make plays. Venoy comes in and is the energy guy."

On OSU's defense - "I hated Oregon State's defense."

On finishing the season - "These last five games are big, especially this next one, we could really separate ourselves from the top to the bottom if we can get this sweep."

On his hang time shot - "It's something I've worked on. It's something I do, I see what the defense is going to do and I try and stay in the air longer than the big man and hopefully when he comes down I'm still in the air."
Jon Brockman:
On the team focus - "This whole year has just been team goals. What can each one of us do to make the rest of the team better, and if we're getting the win and I'm only getting so many touches, that's perfectly fine in my mind."

On the team's offense - "I think it really shows we can attack from different areas and we have a lot of different guys who can put the ball in the hoop. That's hard for teams to guard because if you're double-teaming someone, somebody is wide open on the other side. It shows a lot of how this team, instead of doing this one on one thing, trying to take on the other team by yourself, we're passing it around. We'll pass up an open look to give someone else an even better look. It all pays off in the long run."

On missing close shots - "Just got to forget about it. I missed some chippies and shots I should of made. They'll bug me a lot later tonight. For the most part you have to try and forget about it and move onto the next play."

On the difference in the halves - "Things opened a lot. I think our guys did a better job of looking inside and planning inside and out. JD was on fire in the first half which stretched them out a little bit and gave me more room inside."

On Oregon struggling this season - "I still think they're a very dangerous team. They're going to knock off somebody, I can't see them not winning a game in the Pac-10. They're going to have a night where they play very well, I'm just glad it wasn't us."


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