Notes and Quotes - Stanford

LOS ANGELES - Here are notes from Washington's 85-73 win over Stanford Thursday at the 2009 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament, as well as quotes from UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Venoy Overton, Isaiah Thomas and others.

Washington Notes:
Washington led 38-35 at halftime and is now 21-3 this season when leading at the half. The score was tied 14-14, with 9:54 left in the first half, the remainder of the Huskies' 71 points came in the game's final 30 minutes.

This is Washington's first win this season on a neutral court. Washington earlier this year lost to Kansas and Florida at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Jon Brockman moved into third place on the school's career scoring chart with his first basket of the game. With his team-high 20 points and eight rebounds, he now had a career point total of 1762. His school career record in rebounds (1245) is fourth in Pac-10 history. He's the only player in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history, to surpass 1700 career points and 1200 rebounds. His 58 career double-doubles is most of any active collegiate player.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning's game-high three blocked shots gives him nine blocked shots in the past five games.

Quincy Pondexter's 11 points and Isaiah Thomas' 14 points all came in the second half. Thomas, who set a school freshman record in scoring (491), had a career-high nine rebounds.

Washington's .556 effort from the 3-point line was their second-best this season behind .571 vs. Morgan State.

UW beat Stanford three times this year. Stanford leads the series 69-62. Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is 9-8 vs. Stanford, winning the last three games in the series.

This is Washington's sixth-consecutive win, and their ninth win in their last 10 games.

The Huskies are the No. 1 seed for the first time in the Pac-10 tournament.
Lorenzo Romar:
On the game: Going into this game we knew how hard Stanford has played us. They are dangerous offensively and we did a good job to get a victory. We probably turned the ball over too many times. We were a little bit sloppy but we did a good job on the second half of converting and stepped up and did very well. We are just excited that we are advancing in the tournament."

On Stanford settling for perimeter shots: "Anytime you play against someone, if you can get them to take contested perimeter shots, you have a better chance to come out on top," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "They can really shoot the three ball and obviously when they are hitting them they are really hard to deal with. We did a pretty good job for the most part of contesting those threes."

On Elston Turner: "They were huge as we were having trouble taking care of the basketball and not really having an offensive rhythm. He gave us a little breathing room with those threes right before the half. I thought it was a great momentum-builder for us going into the second half," Romar said of Turner's points. Elston is capable of coming in and hitting five or six."

On no player having to play more than 32 minutes: "If we could afford to do that then that is what we were going to do. We tried to substitute with that in mind. We do have a pretty deep bench and we can go to our bench nd give guys breathers."

On the deep bench rotation: "When we rotate people and get into our bench a lot and we can thow other people at them we can take advantage of other teams that maybe don't go as deep into their bench. They were shooting the jump shot and were a little more worn out."

Looking ahead to ASU: "ASU play us to the wire and really make us work. We are going to have to do a great job and determine the pace. They are really, really difficult to play against."

On playing an opponent who played on the first night: "Hopefully you work hard enough that you earn the first night off and get to play someone who just played. That is kind of your reward for doing a good job in the conference. Again, we are trying to keep bodies fresh. Let's take advantage of the opportunities we have."

On Stanford's possible fatigue from playing yesterday: "It seemed like toward the end there were a couple of air balls that came up short and maybe that was the case. I thought earlier in the game as we were going up and down that maybe it would be in our favor, and maybe it was."

On staying with it when shots are not falling: "I think we specifically told that to our guys. If you start making the easy ones, then others will start falling. Offense is a lot more mental than defense. On defense you can just grit your teeth and get it done. You have to be focused and have a cool mind on offense."

On the play of forward Quincy Pondexter: "I just thought, for whatever reason he was just a little tentative in the first half. He has been doing really well for us. He helped us get a championship and we thought right off the bat we would go to him (in the second half) and get him involved."

On not having mental breakdowns in games: "This group has been fantastic at keeping their focus," Romar said. Our seniors like Jon (Brockman) are constantly in guys' ears talking about defense and not letting down. They have been there before where they have been let down in the past and they know the ramifications of let downs."
Justin Dentmon:
On having the bullseye on their backs: "We feel that everybody is after us. And some of the teams in this conference need a win to get in the tournament. But we just take it like, we're the underdogs and we're the ones with the bullseye on our backs, so we can play hard."

On the tempo of the game and how that benefitted UW: "Venoy came up to me in the middle of the game and told me that they were playing our pace. That's what we want them to do. I was shocked, because they are more of a structured team. When they tried to get in transition, that's where we wanted them. They were going to run out of gas at the end of the game."

On having some success in this tournament: "It's a big deal. It's a big deal for us. It's good for us to have another goal, and that's to get to the championship game. You don't ever want to be satisfied. We want to keep playing."

On playing ASU: "It's going to be intense. It's always hard to beat a team three times in a row. But we're not going to change anything. It's going to be a hard game."
Quincy Pondexter:
On the first half: "We just started out really slow. Maybe we weren't as used to the tournament setting, but we just didn't come out and play as well as we could."

On missing the easy shots early: "Just keep playing, keep getting stops on defense and keep executing the gameplan and it would pay off in the end."

On a different approach to conserve some energy?: "I think we'll be fine. We're really well-conditioned right now and we've been well-conditioned all year long. We've done a good job at that and I think our bodies are pretty fresh right now."

On trying to beat ASU three times this year: "You definitely have to be ready. They have a lot of pride. They want to win the championship. It's going to be a big game for them in what we feel is even a bigger game for us."
Venoy Overton:
On the game and having fun: "It was a great atmosphere. We're in LA. You've got to have fun out there."

On getting after Stanford's guards: "We had a run going and I fed off my teammates. I was having problems in my lower back and was kind of sluggish. After that I picked it up and the bench gave me more energy. I've been training myself to do it all the time. It's got to be an everyday thing for me now."
Isaiah Thomas:
On playing an early game: "We just have to be ready. We came out in the second half and did a better job but we need to be better on the defensive end."

On his nine rebounds in the game: "They came up long and I was out there and they popped to me. It's not like I was like (Jon) Brockman, running after them."

On having the bullseye on their chest: "Even though we're the number-one seed, everyone is going to bring their 'A' game against us. We have to be ready for it. We've got a big one tomorrow, but we'll be ready for it."

On playing James Harden again: "We just have to do the same thing we did at the end of the season; limit his touches. They are a good team overall, so we have to play defense, rebound and do the things we've been doing."

On the tournament being what he expected: "Yes it is. Bright lights, big stage. We have to bring it tomorrow." On his struggles in the first half: "It was just missing shots. You've seen it. Those shots we usually make. In the second half they were going to drop. I wasn't worried. As a scorer you have to keep shooting and keep making plays. And we did that."

On out-rebounding Jon Brockman: "I didn't have any idea until I got in here. Coach (Jim) Shaw said something about it and (Jon) just laughed."

On playing back-to-back games: "I think it's mostly going to be a mental game. It's going to be a hard-fought game. They played one game, we played one game. There's going to be no excuses."

On encouraging Venoy Overton from the bench: "I just try to get him as hyped as he can get, because I know what he can do on the defensive end. He can get stops, steals and dunks, so I just try to get the boys hyped when I'm on the bench."
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins:
On the game: "I thought it was an incredible game. Washington is a really, really good team. They played extremely well, especially in the second half. I'm proud of my kids. We competed the entire night and they were the better team tonight. Give them credit."

On the pace of the game: "We found the tempo for the most part. We've been playing a little faster and as long as we get what we want when we go in transition offensively we were fine. I thought tonight we had some great looks that didn't go down. Some of our better shooters couldn't find it tonight. That's part of shooting the basketball. You aren't going to be hot every night. When we find that happening, we need to settledown and make better decisions where the ball should go."

On the effects of playing two games in 16-18 hours: "I thought it was a quick turnaround for us, but that is our responsibility. That is the seed we deserved. That's where we were, so we had a quick turnaround. I thought our guys responded the best they could. We tried to get rest last night. We played a very fast, athletic team today. Of course I think the wear and tear of that type of game can take its toll on you. but through it all our guys competed. They gave the best effort they could give."
Anthony Goods:
On the difference in the game: "It just came down to shot selection. If they were shooting shots that we were shooting, they would have come up short too. I thought we resorted to the three a little too early. It took its toll on us. They were able to come down and drive to the basket, get fouled and hit their free-throws."

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