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JOSH HAWKINSON

Last game was one of my worst games ever. I kind of let my team down defensively and so I knew that was the mentality I had to have in the rest of the games. I think that game helped me prepare for what it's going to be like facing really good (power forwards). I this game I had a really good mindset and I guess it kind of showcased today.

When did you realize you were feeling it?

I mean, coach kept running plays for me. I was knocking down the shots so he continued to do that until he took me out of the game. I was in the flow of the offense and didn't try to force anything too much and they were falling so I kept shooting them.

Get the taste of last game out of your mouth?

 I wouldn't say get all the taste because I felt like that last one was one we should have had. WE got the win tonight, we're 5-1, so we can only move past it and move on to the next game.

IKE IROEGBU

What did you see from the bench players?

I feel like they got better today. Robo did a great job of letting the game come to him and picking his spots when to shoot the ball and rebound. I think Val had a good game, a couple really nice blocks and Conor palyed really well, as well. Some guys I think that don't usually play as much really stepped up this game and everybody played from the jump.

Does Kent often call plays for individuals?

We go through it a lot in walkthrough and usually coach calls like open or our transition plays. If someone gets hot and Josh was hot, we just want to keep feeding him the ball and keep giving him the ball so he can produce and he did that tonight. If someone is hot, coach wants us to keep going to that person, and Josh was that person.

Those are simple plays that develop quickly?

Nah, it doesn't take awhile to develop. You just go in the flow of the offense, and once we see someone hit a couple buckets like Josh did, we just want to keep going to him so he can produce.

Did you emphasize improved perimeter defense?

Coming from the Gonzaga game, we had to step up and play better defense. That was our main focus – to lock up the ball, and when it's on the perimeter get your man. When they shoot the ball, get a hand up and stay on top of their shots so that was one of the big emphasis we had coming from that Gonzaga game.

Been nice to play all these games at home?

Yeah, it's been really nice playing at home because this is where we play and it's our gym. I think it will be a lot of fun to experience a road game, even though it's only like seven miles down the road, it's a rivalry game and we're just very excited for that game against Idaho.

CHARLES CALLISON

How was the offensive flow?

It felt great, we were in a rhythm. It felt like a machine today. The offense was flowing very well. Everybody was getting shots off and sharing the ball.

How important was it to experience success?

It's very important because coming off a loss, this game was very important for us to get.

 



Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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