FROM SEATTLE -- It's going to be a long, slow drive back to Pullman tomorrow morning, and we're hitting the road early to take full advantage of the daylight. So here are some quick quotes from each team after Washington's 75-65 win over WSU. This will be it as far as blogging until I get back into the 509.
Freshman guard DaVonte Lacy
On Terrence Ross being the difference in the second half: "From looking on the outside in it might be that, but for us it was the offensive rebounds. They outrebounded us on both ends, especially offensive, and they kept getting second chances. UW’s such a good team that if they keep getting second chances they’re going to capitalize on them. He (Ross) caught fire but it was also the rebounding, so I wouldn’t just blame it on that."
On rebounding in the zone: "Our zone was working at the beginning and it kind of slowed them down, took them out of their rhythm, but the offensive rebound, that’s the bad thing about a zone is the offensive rebound and they capitalized on that. They got a lot of buckets and stayed in the game and in the second half they were doing the same thing, but now they’re hitting shots. It’s hard to bounce back if they’re hitting shots and rebounding, because if they miss it they just get another shot. They caught fire and they’re at home, and it was a good team. That's hard to beat if they got all three things going."
On Romar's technical sparking the Huskies run: "I don’t know if it was planned (but) Romar’s a great coach and he’s been around for a long time. You don’t know if he did it just to pump up his payers but it worked. After that techincal foul they caught fire, the crowd was in it. It was real loud in there. They capitalized on it and got the win."
Junior forward Brock Motum
"The whole game they just outrebounded us on the offensive end and it just started paying off. It just took a toll on us when they started making the second shots and started making their threes. I thought our game plan at the start, the zone, it was working. They weren’t hitting shots and they started hitting shots and we didn’t adjust. They played great in the last 10 minutes when they needed to. I thought we played really good from the start. I don’t know, they just stepped it up another notch and we couldn’t match that in the last five, 10 minutes which was the crucial time in the game. They maintained the lead and we couldn’t claw back because we didn’t have enough time."
On rebounding in the zone: "That’s key. In the zone, it’s hard beause you’re not matched up specifically with a player. … Sometimes they’d just throw up an airball and a guy would come baseline and no one would box him out, he’d just finish it. That seemed to be their best offense, just offensive rebounds, late in the first half and in the middle of the second half."
Coach Ken Bone
On falling down calling a timeout: "That was quite a spill. Hit the deck hard. No, I’m fine. Ill bounce back just like I hope we do."
On Romar's technical foul: "I think the technical inspired the team, inspired the crowd and they rose to the occasion. I’ve got to give Ross a lot of credit. He was not shooting well early and he stuck with it and stuck with it and all of a sudden started burying a bunch of threes. And then the offensive boards really hurt us badly. They did what they needed to do at the end of the game. Those last eight, 10 minutes they played really well. And we struggled to hit threes. The second half, I think we hit two, they hit seven. That’s 15 points and it’s a big difference."
On the zone: "Our zone was pretty effective in the first half and a lot of the reason why was just the fact they missed shots, whether it was our zone or them missing shots. It was the same exact zone we were using in the second half and then they hit shots, so it’s probably a little bit of each. But got to give them a lot of credit. They stuck with their game plan and started burying threes."
On the offensive lull in the second half: "I thought their defense intensity stepped up and the fact that they were scoring so many times on a high percentage of possessions that it kind of deflated us and it hurt our offensive flow."
On the rebounding margin: "I was looking to see if guys were leaking out and I didn’t see that. I’l; study the video on the way back tonight to Pullman, but I thought our guys were in there. I felt like Washington wasmore aggressive and probably a little bigger and stronger in the paint. They just crushed us on the offensive glass."
On whether rebounding was a concern coming into the game: "I’m concerned about that every game no matter who we play and tonight it got us. I think again when they got really aggressive they were allowed to get aggressive and it paid off for them."