Video, quotes after WSU’s win over Utah Valley

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's a transcript of coach Ken Bone's comments, as well as video of postgame interviews courtesy of WSU athletics.


 

(Did you play the way you wanted?) “For the most part. We played at a tempo that we wanted to play at. I thought we shared the ball well. We took care mof the ball. I think what gfive turnovers is very good no matter who you’re playing against. Disappointed a little bit with the rebounding but all in all I thought we played a good basketball game.”

“I think we just settled down a little bit and didn’t make as many careless plays and rushed shots as we did Saturday against Eastern.”

(On Dexter Kernich-Drew and the bench) “Dex did a great job coming off the bench, hitting shots. I thought it was a good team effort, so I thought our bench was good tonight.”

(Is he moving better without the ball?) “He is and yet he’s stil not at 100 percent. I think he’s at about 80 percent. He tweaked his ankle against Saint Martin’s (on the) last play of that game. It’s still a little bit tender but Dexter’s really, really fast, pretty quick and he’s the type of guy that can get open in transition or just coming off screens. When he’s healthy he’s hard to defend because he’s so active.”

(Were you happy with the 3-point shooting in the first half?) “At that time I was happy. We hit some shots at that time but for the game we shot 33 percent and I was hoping we’d shoot a better percentage than that for the game. But you’re right. At that time for the game we separated ourselves from them with good defense and making some 3s.”

(Did you want to shoot that many 3s?) “It wasn’t designed that way but the way they defend they really try to shut down the middle. It’s give and take and that’s what they gave us, they gave us a little bit more perimeter shot than the drive.”

(On playing so many guys) “It’s extremely important to get our guys in the game. Dominic Ballard, that’s the most he’s ever played. James Hunter, Brett Boese, even Junior Longrus I think that might have been more minutes than he played the other night. Royce Woolridge, that’s just his second college game. I was really impressed with the fact that he had six assists and one turnover. But it’s important that a lot of those kids get some minutes right now and get their feet wet.”

(On having 16 assists as a team) “Very happy with the fact that we shared the ball. We isolated some guys a few times to give them an opportunity to make a play. As an example, D.J. (Shelton) got the ball one time late in the game, dribbled up baseline and found Dex in the corner for a wide-open three. That’s what we worked on the last few days, really trying to share the ball more.”

(How important is D.J.'s rebounding?) “It is. we need D.J. We need everybody to do a good job on the glass. I don’t foresee us being a great rebounding team. And DJ’s one of the biggest kids and one of the more athletic kids. That’s a primary role for him.”

(On how important winning is in these early games) “We’re in a situation where we’re just trying to get better and better and we’re tryig to get to the point where we’re valuing every possession, which is really really hard to do. And also taking advantage of every game. Does not matter who we are playing. It’s about us trying to get better right now going into Pac-12 play, and so I felt like we respected Utah Valley and we went out and played a hard game, whether it was them or anybody else.”

(Do you like the rotation you have now?) “As of right now, mid-November I think that’s a solid group. There’s always going to be room for change. Every guy’s got to be held accountable. Mike Ladd got pulled out after about two minutes in the second half and yet he’s one of our better players. But when you give up baseline that easily it’s time to come out.”

(On Royce Woolridge) “He’s doing a good job. I think he’s doing a good job. He did a nice job again tonight letting the game come to him, made solid decisions, again I was very impressed with the fact that he had six assists and one turnover. One turnover’s good in 27 minutes.”

(Did they impress you by building a lead  without Brock in the game?) “They did a good job, and I don’t want to take anything away from our kids – that team’s tired. They just played two nights ago in North Carolina and traveled all the way here yesterday. I don’t know when they got to town but they have to be fatigued. So again I’m proud of what our guys accomplished but I think we saw a tired Utah Valley team who’s better than they showed.”

(On scoring in the post) “We do want to score down low. We’d like to have a really good balance of inside and outside weapons, where we can score from the perimeter and interior. I think it was a little bit more of a focus tonight because we tried to get Brock the ball a few times, we tried to get D.J. the ball, at the end we tried to get James the ball so maybe there was a little more focus tonight to try to get in there than most games.”

(What will this road trip tell you?) “I think it’s going to tell us a lot of just who we are. We’ve been talking quite a bit about our identity and really who are we as a group. We can talk about it and hope for this and hope for that but at the end of the day it’s what we see in these 40-minute outings. Now we’ve had a couple games on our home court. I think our guys have done a nice job and now it’s time to go on the road and play three games. So we’ll find out what we’re made of in a different fashion, I think, on the road.”

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