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Video: Josh Hawkinson and Que Johnson after Utah

Josh Hawkinson

(How were they able to score so effectively inside?)

I just think they played really well, they made everything they shot, but at the end of the day it comes down to our defense. And if we were one step late, they capitalized on it and made all their shots from the outside and inside. I think we just played soft today.

I mean they've got an NBA player, a future NBA player down there with Poeltl. And he was definitely hurting us because they were hitting from the outside, so we couldn't double down on him. So we were kind of in a dilemma.

(What sort of impact could Valentine Izundu have made?)

I think he could've had a big impact, but we can't really look at it like that because we didn't have him. I don't know how long he'll be out for still, but we have to play with our personnel that we have out on the floor.

Que Johnson

(Why was Utah so effective?)

They're overall a good team. They've got good bigs, good shooters. I mean, it's a Pac-12 team, everybody's the same way. Good bigs, good guards.

(How can you prevent them from scoring so much?

We just have to make a commitment and get stops on defense. I mean, 92 points is too many points to get scored on. So we just have to make a commitment on playing defense every possession.

At the end of the day, it's on us. Everybody's good in the Pac-12. We just have to look at ourselves in the mirror and just buckle down and get tougher and get stops.

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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