"Because of our turnovers, the game was at least for me a very draining game. We never allowed ourselves to pull away. We gave them 19 points in the first half off of turnovers and they scored 34 in the first half. Aside from that, I thought that in the second half we really defended with exception in transition. A few times, they made substitutions and we weren’t organized. Aside from that, I thought we did a good job defensively. They shot 33 percent on the game. They’re a good rebounding team, and we out-rebounded them. When we didn’t turn the ball over we got good shots at the basket. It’s a shame that we didn’t take better care of the basketball because that kind of got in the way of what I thought was a much better performance by us."
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"I think that Oregon State is one of the teams in our league that would prefer to play up and down."
On Jernard Jarreau’s performance:
"After we played Oregon State last time, I made a decision that the next time we played Oregon State that we would play Jernard more. One of the things that hurt us there was their length, and Jernard has length. To Jernard’s credit, he came in ready to play and did a very good job against a zone on offense, grabbed seven rebounds—the most I think he’s had in any game. I thought Jernard did a really nice job for us."
On defending Nelson:
"You can’t lose him. We didn’t get our hands up a couple of times. I thought that when Scott Suggs was defending him he did a really nice job overall. Nelson got to the line—he’s a very aggressive player, he’s good at drawing fouls. But after 3-for-16 from the floor, I’m sure he would prefer to have had a better game."
On just getting a win:
“We needed to get a game on the positive side of the score so we could start to feel some kind of success. We dropped seven out of eight, doubt can creep in. We needed to get a win to start thinking the other way.”
On taking steps toward playing a complete game:
“We failed in one area tonight and that was taking care of the basketball. We defended pretty much how we want to defend. Offensively, we shot 50 percent. We competed. We outrebounded them. We did a lot of things we would want to do in terms of what we’ve been talking about. Let’s get it all together on the same night. If we had taken better care of the basketball, this would have been the night.”