Notes and Quotes - ASU

LOS ANGELES - Here are notes and quotes from Arizona State's 75-65 win over Washington in the semi-finals of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament, held Friday night at the Staples Center.

Washington's 21 first-half points was its fewest (in the first half) since 20 points vs. WSU in 2007-2008, and the fewest this season (earlier this year, the Huskies scored 22 first-half points in a 73-54 loss to Kansas).

The Huskies 17-point halftime deficit (38-21) was its largest this season (previously it was 10 points, 32-22 vs. Kansas)

Washington shot .375 from the field, its third-lowest percentage this season.

Jon Brockman tallied 13 points and six rebounds. His career total of 1775 points moves him into second-place on the Washington career scoring chart, ahead of Bob Houbregs (1774).

Washington's 25 wins is fourth-highest in school history.

Entering tonight's game in Pac-10 Tourney team stats - UW led in scoring (85 ppg), scoring margin (+12, tied with ASU), 3-point FG% (.556), steals (12) and defensive rebounds (37). In individual stats, Jon Brockman was the fifth-leading scorer (20 ppg) and ninth rebounder (8 rpg); Venoy Overton and Elston Turner led (tied) in FG% (.750); Justin Dentmon led (tied) in steals (3 spg); Turner led in 3-point FG% (1.000); Matthew Bryan-Amaning led (tied) in blocked shots (3 bpg).

The Huskies entered tonight's game with a 3-0 mark in Pac-10 Tournament semi-final contests.
Lorenzo Romar:
On the game: "(Arizona State) stepped up and hit some big shots. Derek Glasser hit some big shots. Jeff Pendergraph hit some big shots. They came through when the needed to."

On ASU building a big lead - "I thought we came out with great energy on the defensive end. I thought we were rotating well, we were moving our feet, we were quick to the ball. ASU did a great job of maintaining their poise throughout that, and they chipped away and chipped away. We had difficulty putting the ball in the basket early. With that combination they were slowly able to jump out ahead of us."

On the halftime speech - "We talked about our lack of aggressiveness. I thought we were the more tentative team of the two in the first half. Coming out in the second half with a little more fight, we talked about our shot selection - which at times bites us in the butt."

On the altercation - "I thought it was the same thing that sometimes goes on in practice. It was just two teams competing really hard. Neither wanted to give the edge on each other. I don't think anyone lost control, I just think it was two teams competing really hard."

On losing as motivation for the NCAA's - "I think that's fan talk, to be honest with you. When you are out there and competing, you aren't thinking of trying to get one out of the way. That little skirmish wouldn't have broken out if this team wanted to get it out of the way. Guy were competing, trying to win the game."

On the first half - "I thought we were just a little impatient against their zone. When we slowed things down and got ball reversal, we got better looks. When we get impatient at times, things can go downhill. Against Arizona State you just don't have quick, open looks."

On Selection Sunday - "We expect to be part of the field. Where we'll go and how high we'll be seeded, that's in the committee's hands. We're fortunate that we have this opportunity, and wherever were sent, whoever we're going to play, we just have to make the best of it."
Jon Brockman:
On the altercation - "Just guys competing and playing hard. When that happens, sometimes bodies get banged around and feelings get hurt. Sometimes games just get heated like that."

On ASU playing hard - "We knew they were going to come out and fight hard. We said that this is going to be a war. It was going to be heated and intense."
Justin Dentmon:
On the first-half deficit: "We got frustrated a little bit, but we knew we had another half to go. So we're just trying to maintain and make sure that lead didn't get crazy. So we contained it a little bit and once we got into halftime we talked it over and we knew what we had to do to come out and cut it down. Just take baby steps."

On the poor shooting in the first half - "We were just rushing our shots. Sometimes in the zone, you get an open look and it's like, 'Wow, I'm open'. But against the zone it's rare that you get open looks if you don't move the ball, so I think I was just rushing a little bit."
Quincy Pondexter:
On the game: "We didn't come out and execute as well as we should have in the first half and we were down a lot of points."

On a moral victory by coming back and taking a lead: "A loss is a loss. I think it just hurts. For our team there are no moral victories. A loss is a loss. We didn't execute well enough to get the victory."

On the slow starts: "I have no idea. It's just one of those things where our team goes through those times where we don't play well as we should in the beginning and play a lot better as the game goes on. We have to be a lot more focused to detail as the tournament nears."

On using the loss for motivation: "Definitely. Every loss is motivation for us. We've bounced back from every loss we've had and we haven't had two losses in a row. It will be very exciting to see how our team responds next week."
Venoy Overton:
On the near fight: "(James Harden) came and bumped me and I'm falling down and I grabbed to keep myself up, and that's when (Derek) Glasser came over the top of me. The teammates, they aren't going to let one player get pushed around, so they all came to my help. That's how it is. You're a team."

On after the game: "They just said way to fight and good game. What happens on the court stays on the court, most of the time. Everybody's cool."

On the comeback and his proclamation that UW is No. 1 for a reason: "I just had great confidence. I was telling everyone at halftime to not let anyone see you mad or upset, let 'em see you smiling. We're going to come back. It was just a couple of plays that got them the win."

On being tired at the end: "No, it wasn't that. It's hard to beat a team three times in a row, especially a team like them. They got a lot of players shooting the ball well. Harden's on, Pendergraph's on...they are a dangerous team when they are like that."

On the shot selection early: "We were taking way too many jumpers. We knew their zone was going to give us a lot of threes, and we tried to take advantage of that and didn't get the ball inside. Once we started to get it inside, we started to cut the lead down."

On turning the loss into motivation for the Tournament: "After being down almost 20 at halftime and taking the lead with almost 10 minutes to go, it's a good thing."

On the mood of the team: "We're angry because we lost, but at the same time we're all proud of each other because we didn't give up. Most times you can give up when you're down 20 points, but we kept fighting in there. That shows a lot about this team."

On Arizona State being physical and tough: "No team that's as good as they are, they aren't going to take three losses in a row that easily. Coach (Romar) told us that they were going to try and punch us in the mouth first. We had to throw the first punch, but basically we shied away from that and let them punch us first."

On missing a lot of close shots: "Maybe it's the big arena, stiff rims, whatever. I don't know. I know when we get back we're going to work. We have to be ready to play in any gym. I don't understand it."

On ASU putting the target on UW's back: "We just won the league. At the beginning of the season they felt like they deserved to win the whole league and we beat them twice. I know they definitely wanted revenge."

On getting a reputation: "I'm always going to be that person. If they are talking about me - in a bad or good way - that's good enough for me. If my name is in their mouth, that's just perfect. That's all I need right there. That means I'm doing something."
Herb Sendek:
On bench support: "We don't have an especially deep bench right now, so everyone has a very important role to play."

On reaction to losing the big lead: "I didn't really make any adjustments. We just talked about maintaining our poise and composure and giving great effort. We talked about the need to try and get some stops, because it seemed like Washington was scoring every single time down the floor. We had the lead in large part at the half, because of our defense. It had evaporated, so we talked about hunkering down on defense and just maintaining our composure."
Jeff Pendergraph:
On the NCAA tournament: "I really don't think we are worrying about the NCAA Tournament right now. We are in one right now. Our goal right now is to win it. So, we aren't really looking too far ahead. That's not how you win championships. Right now we're real excited to be going to the (Pac-10) championship, but it does feel a lot better to know at the end of tomorrow, regardless we are going to be kind of comfortable on Selection Sunday, not gritting our teeth the whole time and biting our nails. It's a good feeling."
James Harden:
On when things got chippy: "It was a great competitive game. Washington is a great team. We're competitive as well, so guys were just playing hard. I don't know what happened, but guys were just playing hard."

On UW's run: "Washington's a great team. We knew they were going to make a run. All we had to do is keep our composure and just settle down. And I think we did a pretty good job of that."

On depth "Coach has a lot of courage, and he trusts in us a lot. We were seven or eight guys short, but we just had to play hard and do what we do. We are conditioned to play 40 minutes each game, so guys stepped up late in the game, made big shots and made big free throws. We kept our composure and got it done."

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