One last look back at WSU’s defeat


We promised this morning to have some more today, so we do. We have quotes, notes and even a football item. We got started writing and couldn't stop, so what follows is pretty long. Read on.

• What we didn't get to this morning that we usual have available is the quotes from the participants. As you might guess, UW coach Lorenzo Romar was happy to hang on, WSU's Ken Bone was disappointed and the WSU players were the same. Here are the comments ...

• Romar on WSU: "Give WSU a lot of credit. They knuckled down and fought back, got after us. Their crowd was great tonight, kind of helped them along. I give our guys credit too, we're down one and out guys put their chinstraps on and a couple guys hit some big shots. Isaiah Thomas, Scott Suggs, we got some stops and were able to preserve the victory. It was a tough one, but on the road, we'll take any victory."

• Romar on the similarity to the Seattle game: "I like it better the other way, when we had a better second half. Give them credit, they hung in there, clawed there way through. I've seen them do that before this year, when they were down they find a way to scrap back and get into it. Most may not understand how big a victory this was, given the circumstances. We could have folded, but we didn't fold. We dug in deep and got the win. That's how you win on the road."

• Romar on Abdul Gaddy's fourth foul early in the second half: "It bothered our rotation. You know, Matthew Bryan-Amaning picked up his third foul, that bothered us a little bit. That's part of basketball. You've got to play through those things. We're not the first one that's happened too."

• Bone on if the rally took too much energy: "It is hard to sustain the energy. But I don't think that's the answer on why we got beat. I felt we had enough energy to get the job done. There were a few possessions here or there that could have gone either way and Washington made plays down the stretch and we didn't."

• Bone on big plays: "Isaiah's 3 in the corner was huge. Marcus Capers driving it to the rim and us not being able to convert or score on that breakaway, that was a huge possession."

• Bone on the halftime talk: "We talked about the fact we were note getting back on defense and we were not executing our offense with energy, in that we trying to run it near midcourt due to their defense."

• Bone on Klay Thompson's shooting and what he will tell him: "I'm not the smartest guy, so I'm going to do what I continue to do, which is to encourage to shoot, encourage him to get in the gym and get shots up. Work on screening with our guys to free him up for better looks. And just continue to let him know that we believe in him and for him to continue to look for those opportunities."

• Bone on the crowd: "It was a great atmosphere, a great atmosphere. Wish we could have come off with a victory. Great crowd. I think it was just a lot of fun for everybody to be involved in games like this. And I hope they appreciate how hard our guys worked. It's disappointing we lost, we all wanted to win bad, but our guys really did work as hard as they could. I know we as a staff are really proud of the effort they gave."

• Thompson on WSU's early troubles and the turnaround: "It was a lack of focus and a lack of determination. ... We were more aggressive on defense and played as a team."

• Nik Koprivica on the thank you sign he unveiled before the game: "I just wanted to thank everybody for the support these four years, the rough years and all that. People were behind me and I wanted to say I appreciate their help."

• Koprivica on Senior Night: "It was an amazing atmosphere, a packed house and I got emotional a little bit. But you know, it was just another game. We came out and wanted to win. We came out a little stagnant and they took advantage of that. I think we came out with a statement in the second half and we battled back. A couple balls went their way instead of our way. It was pretty cool game and I think anybody could have won. ... I looked around after the game, my last game here. But it's life. You're going, new guys are coming in. I'm proud of being a Coug, you know, one time a Coug, always a Coug. I'll be back to support the young guys sometimes soon."

• DeAngelo Casto on UW getting away from Bryan-Amaning: "When you get three fouls, four fouls, you're a little hesitant, even on offense. I know even when he got it inside, he wasn't nearly as aggressive to come at me. He actually passed it out two or three times to the weakside."

• One last thought before we wrap up last week and start looking toward the trip to Oregon. ... There are three Pac-10 losses that will probably end up making the difference between a successful season that ends in the postseason and what will probably occur over the next three weeks. The first Oregon game is one, what with a momentum-supplying victory taken away by a misapplication of the rules, no matter what the conference says. The second Stanford game should never have slipped away and may end up forcing the Cougars to play on Wednesday in the Pac-10 tourney. And last night, the final regularly scheduled chance WSU had to pad its resume with a win over a decently respected team. If the Cougars could have finished the remarkable comeback, it may have just carried them into the postseason. Now it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

• On the football front, defensive lineman Toby Turpin, suspended for the final two games of last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules, is dealing with an unrelated but undisclosed academic issue that could cost him his senior year. A source who isn't authorized to speak on the record concerning academics, confirmed Turpin is embroiled in an academic dispute and is in the middle of the school's appeal process, so it's still not know whether he'll be available in spring or fall. The school won't comment on Turpin's situation other than to say he's still a member of the football team. Turpin's presence in the middle of the defense is, at his best, disruptive to the opposition. And with the Cougars not having a ton of depth on the d-line – and yes, we meant that literally – his absence would be felt.


• That's all for now. We'll be back tomorrow. Until then ...

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