Here's what C.J. Wilcox, Nigel Williams-Goss and Perris Blackwell had to say about Washington's 92-80 win over Eastern Washington on Sunday night.
(On difference in the second half) "Started to guard a little bit more in the second half. Shut down (Tyler) Harvey. Only had eight points in the second half, had 20 in the first. I think that had something to do with it. We started pressuring the guards higher to help with the ball screens and then once we had the guard lineup, we just started switching everything."
(On playing with five guards) "It helped spread the defense out. All of us can get to the rack and create for others, so having five guards out there helped open the court up and we had driving lanes."
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(On the free-throw performance) "It definitely helps secure games, knowing any of the guys on the floor can knock down free-throws, so I think us working on it in practice and translating it to the game will definitely help us."
(On that being benefit of new rules) "That was mentioned in a timeout. (Lorenzo) Romar said this is where it comes to our advantage, just attack them and get to the free throw line."
(What did you do differently on Harvey in second half?) "Just kind of did our best. He got started early and once he hit a couple he got confidence. It’s hard to slow him down. I think we had a team effort to try to stop him. Switching helped."
(Did he surprise you?) "As many as he made, but we knew he was going to come in trying to score, shooting a lot."
(On playing with five guards defensively) "The main thing for that is just rebound the ball because we’re all 6-5 and under, so we all have to kind of try to go back and get some rebounds because we don’t have two bigs in. We don’t have Jernard (Jarreau) and we don’t have Des (Desmond Simmons), so the guards have to go as a unit and try to come back with rebounds."
(On giving ball-screens for Nigel Williams-Goss) "I was just running the floor like we’re supposed to do and I was just screening them off when I was supposed to and he was just kind of driving. So it was really helping us."
(On the second half) "I think it was just the mindset we came out with in the second half, and just knowing we couldn’t let what happened the last game -- how we started in a slump in the second half -- happen again."
(Was tonight more indicative of how you can play?) "Last game I was just kind of trying to get back. The concussion kind of took me out a little bit. I was trying to get back in my rhythm. It was only my second day playing, so I feel like I can keep that up."
(What do you do well?) "I think we push pretty good in transition, especially being smaller we’re a lot faster out there so we can push a lot in transition. Like C.J. said on the defensive end, having five guards we’re already at a disadvantage so we can just switch everything and I think that helps a lot. Even if we have four guards and one big in, we can still switch pretty much everything."
(On attacking the basket) "I think that’s a part of our offense, not just our offense, our offense and defense. Coach Romar preaches attack, attack, attack, offensively and defensively, and I think we’ve just kind of bought into the team mindset that we’re going to put pressure on the defense for 40 minutes, and I think when you do that, you continue to put pressure on them, you kind of see the results."
(On learning from being behind) "I don’t think it’s so much just getting behind. Perris touched on it earlier, just that we didn’t want to let what happened last game happen again, and I think last game was all the motivation we needed to put that fight in us."
(On his performance the first three games) "I think I’m kind of starting to adjust pretty well. I think progressively each game, the game has slowed down for me and I kind of see it getting easier out there, just trying to adjust to the speed and the physicality of the game. But I think it’s been solid. I think we have a long way to go as a team and myself as well."
(On attacking more without a 7-foot-6 player in the paint) "I thought last game I had some success a couple times pushing the ball in transition. Obviously Mamadou (Ndiaye) made it tough down there. So I just wanted to carry it into this game, knowing they didn’t have that 7-6 presence down there, and it worked out."
(On what point he saw driving lanes open) "I don’t think it was any particular point. I just like to play and let the game come to me and it just seemed like as the game went on, those lanes became more open, and really I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Perris. He was setting a lot of ball screens in transition, which was really getting the guards open for driving lanes, so just kind of throughout the course of the game it just kind of spread open a little bit."