Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after the Huskies' 76-69 win over Pacific today at KeyArena.
(Opening) “I thought we came out ready to play today. I thought we came out with a lot of intensity, we were together, and then we dropped off. We began to make substitutions and we weren’t able to maintain that level of intensity and Pacific did a good job of coming back, being relentless and being aggressive, and got right back in the ball game. From there I thought we were kind of up and down. Give them a lot of credit. They went to the foul line. They attacked us, and they were able to get to the line quite a bit. But I’m glad we won the game.”
(On trying to draw fouls) “I just thought we were aggressive. It’s always a conscious effort to try to get to the foul line, but the thing is, it was 15:36 I believe it was, and they had six fouls but we didn’t make them pay after that. I don’t know how much we went to the line after that situation. Not enough.”
(Did you see defensive breakdowns?) “It’s too bad, because we came out with great focus. Great focus. And it was almost as if we were bored with success at that point. And as the game went on, we began to make mistakes and there were breakdowns. Give Pacific some credit there, too, because they were very good in the halfcourt in terms of their execution. But we needed to step it up and there were just too many breakdowns in terms of our lack of communication.”
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(Forcing some longer shots early?) “Maybe. I’ll have to go back and look at the film. I thought they started out in a zone and the first couple of possessions, I thought we got a couple of open shots but they weren’t inside. After that – I’ll think you go back and look at the film – I thought our guys did a great job of moving that basketball against that zone, to where they came out of it. I’m sure the gameplan was maybe to paly zone and I thought we attacked it to a point where they had to do something else. So whenever that happens, you probably were doing a pretty good job against it.”
(On bouncing back from Pacific’s run) “It was important to regain that level of focus that we had early. But I thought we only did it in stretches. Again, I thought Shawn Kemp was good. He was aggressive, he posted up strong. Sometimes he was the one that was getting them in foul trouble because of his aggressiveness, but he did a nice job.”
(Robert Upshaw had five fouls in eight minutes) “Yeah. Just out of position at times. I’ll leave it at that.”
(Is that part of the process of him getting used to the game again?) “The thing we talk about is consistency, and just day in and day out being able to bring it. That’s acquired over a period of time because of your practice habits. And when you practice consistently over a period of time, it’ll show up in the game. And that’s what we try to get our team to do, but sometimes if we don’t do that, you play against a team, they may not be more talented than you, but you can get exposed if that doesn’t happen.”
(On finishing) “I thought we did fine. Still, even down the stretch there were mistakes that we made where I just … if I had hair, I’d have pulled it out, and I don’t have any hair, so win-win, I guess, in that regard. That wasn’t our team out there tonight, with the exception of about the first six minutes.”
(Can fouls mess up your rhythm?) “It can. That can happen. But again, you have to be mentally tough enough to be able to play through that. You can’t let the slightest little change or adversity get you to a point where you lose your focus. It just can’t happen.”
(Surprised at all by Shawn Kemp’s scoring?) “No. Shawn, consistency is a thing that we’ve talked about for three years, and this has been the most consistent. But again, Shawn has been consistently bringing it from the first day of practice. Every practice, he competes as hard as he can. He runs that floor every time. He’s dialed in every practice, every drill. So there’s consistency. It’s no secret. In the past, whether it was injury or maybe confidence wasn’t there – whatever the case was – he just wasn’t as dialed in as he’s been this year. He’s been dialed in since day one and I think it’s been reflective of how he’s played.”
(More on Kemp) “He’s getting to where he’s putting pressure on the defense a lot more. He’s so strong right now. You see him down there sealing – he kind of gets his position in there pretty good and he’s coming at you. So we just have to continue to encourage him. Shawn Kemp Jr.’s our leading scorer right now.”
(What’s the next step for him?) “I think to continue to rebound and continue to get better on the rebounding side.”