Player Quotes - Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Dawgman.com spoke with Washington's Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning after the Huskies beat Oregon State 82-70 to finish out their regular season on a four-game winning streak - the last three on the road. Both talked about overcoming their early road woes, as well as playing the Beavers again in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament Thursday night at 6 p.m. PST.

Quincy Pondexter:

On coach Romar's comments to the team after the game: "He didn't say too much. He said that we came out, played good basketball and we did our jobs. He said we've got to get ready for Thursday. We know it's going to be a big one; every game is a huge game. We want to put ourselves in a great position so that the Selection Committee has to really consider us as a tournament team."

On summing up the regular season: "The regular season was filled with a lot of ups and downs. But at the end, we've been playing as good a basketball over these past couple of months as anybody. You've got to compare our team with some of the best in the country right now because we're getting it done through adversity, on the road - through highs and lows. We've been playing really good basketball and we've come together. A lot of players have stepped up, a lot of players have played really well, played their roles. It's been a lot of fun to be a part of this team."

On playing OSU: "It's a mental marathon. You can't get used to them. You're just a couple of turnovers or some bad shots away from letting them take advantage of the game. They are a great team, they are a great coached team. That was a really tough battle tonight to beat them on their home court on their Senior Night."

On playing them again on Thursday: "Yup. We're looking forward to it. Both teams will take a little bit from what happened today and go out and try to apply it to the game on Thursday. It's going to be a battle, and I know they are looking forward to it just as much as we are."

On having some spare gas in the tank at the end of the game: "We had a lot of energy because we knew what's at stake. When guys step up and play so well, it makes it easier collectively for a lot of guys to score. So when we're out there hustling and playing basketball the right way, it's something we've been needing to do since the beginning of the season. It's something we're going to keep with us in the post-season."

On playing through a cold: "I'm really sick. I haven't really had a chance to get to the doctor yet. I started getting really sick yesterday and I battled through it. They told me to come out and give everything you've got, and I said anything for this team. I just battled through. It was so tough. Man, at times I was dazed because I was so drained. My teammates did a great job of stepping up and playing great basketball, and I think that would have happened if I was 100 percent healthy. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Isaiah Thomas have been playing really good basketball. I'm really proud for those guys, and especially our role players. They came out and hustled for 40 minutes."

On if the cold could cause him to miss Thursday's game: "I'll be healed. I'll be 130 percent. I don't get sick too much, so I'm going to make sure my Mom gives me a lot of medicine before she goes back to California. I'll be healthy."

On if anyone else is sick: "No. I'm trying to not get anyone else sick."

On chances of winning Pac-10 Player of the Year: "I've done everything I can possibly do. There are some games where I didn't play that well, and that's basketball. With how I am, I don't care if I score zero points or 20. It's just a matter of playing basketball the right way. All the success I've been getting individually is coming from my team success. If my team wasn't playing that well, I wouldn't be getting any notoriety. I'm just so proud of these guys for really helping me get all this attention."

On having any regrets: "No regrets. I live life with no regrets. I came out and played basketball as hard as I can every day, and at the end of the day I don't care if I'm the Pac-10 Player of the Year or anything like that. I just want my team to be as successful as possible."

On winning 9 out of their last 11 and MBA's contribution: "He's stepped up big time. He's added another dynamic to this team, to where teams are focusing on stopping certain things. Now they have to focus on that load right there. Matt is playing great basketball, and he's playing up to his potential."
Matthew Bryan-Amaning:

From first OSU game to this one: "Being more aggressive, just trying to find the holes in the 1-3-1 (trap). Obviously with the 1-3-1 they push it up high, especially when they run it in the full court. And I was just roaming along the baseline, trying to find gaps, and guys were finding me down there."

On being comfortable against the different OSU defenses: "Like everything else that's been happening, I'm getting more and more comfortable on the court. The shots are falling, and obviously when that's happening your confidence is up."

On if they are peaking now, or if there's another level they can go to: "I think there's still more to go. I know we had a few errors that we shouldn't have had, and also during the course when they had a little run the ball started sticking in our hands and we didn't get it moving. Once we lose that type of stuff…and we need to box out a lot better on rebounding."

On seeing OSU again next week: "They are a real good team. They are kind of like Arizona State as well; they may not have too many superstars per se, but they are a real good team. And guys like that, you can never sleep on."

On being more comfortable seeing zone: "Yeah. With our personnel, obviously we do well against man, but the teams that zone us, we're getting more and more comfortable and confident in our teammates to be able to make a run."

On playing better on the road and what that does for UW going into the Pac-10 Tournament: "Definitely it's going to be more comfortable. Knowing what we've done the last four games, it shows that we can do it. Different teams have prayed on different flaws, and I guess that was one for us early. Now that we've overcome it, it just seems like it should be a good time."


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