Desmond Simmons was calm when he talked postgame, but was severely irritated internally.
Desmond SimmonsGeneral game thoughts:“Our transitions on defense were not organized; we let the second half of the game turn into a layup line for them – they were making layup after layup. Our defense intention was not urgent enough on the court, and I feel like 80% of defense is that intensity and that desire to defend. We fell flat and in the first four minutes of the second half they went up and kept going up and we didn’t defend.”
On coach Lorenzo Romar’s criticism of a moment of not playing with pride:“That is a hard criticism to swallow. I think we play with pride and I know all of us are passionate about basketball. We didn’t play with intensity and like it mattered in the second half, but I know this matters to us – we just have to perform that way.”
On moving forward:“We need to come out hungry. We just got knocked down bad, but we need to get back up. We can’t have a pity party; this was embarrassing but we can’t point fingers. We need to keep our heads up and be men about it and take our frustration out on Arizona State this weekend.”
Abdul GaddyOn coach Lorenzo Romar’s reaction to the game:“Coach was just trying to get up fired up. He gets caught up in the game and he’s an emotional guy; he wears his emotions on his sleeves. We were trying to fire ourselves up, they were just playing well and coach was trying to give us life. That’s what a good coach tried to do, get his team fired up and try to turn it around.”
General game thoughts:“We didn’t scrap enough tonight. Arizona was rebounding and pushing and we weren’t organized on transitions. I think on the half court we did well, but we let them get too many fast breaks and rebounds.”
“Arizona is an explosive team. They hit us in the last five minutes of the first half and in the first two minutes of the second half they took their lead from eight to 14. They just took off. We let them get going and it was all downhill from there. We need to be able to get locked in for a full 40 minutes on guard and start guarding better.”