Lorenzo Romar looked like he had come out of a tough conversation with his team following the Washington Huskies' 62-57 loss to Stony Brook on Sunday, which handed Washington its first loss.
For the video of his conversation, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neKkmiZJMHA.
Here's what he had to say:
There are picked to win their league and I can see why they are a good team. They have complementary set of guys who help them out. They did a great job you have to give them a lot of credit. But we played 12 games, nonconference, and it was refrenshing throughout our nonconference schedule to see our guys come up and meet the challenge. And this one we didn’t. I don’t’ think we did. That’s not to discredit Stony Brook, but even early on they were shooting 16-17 percent from the field, but they were getting wide-open looks. WE just didn’t have that extra edge to us tonight from the outset. I think those things go both ways. We haven’t been shooting the ball at a torrid pace, but not this poorly. I think it all fed into everything.
Mentally we weren’t there. And with so much at stake, you wonder, why not? Obviously me as the head coach should have had our guys better prepared to go out and finish this up but I didn’t do a good enough job obviously.
Why do you think there wasn’t the mental preparedness for this game?
I don’t know. Sometimes success is hard to handle. I thought tonight we reverted back to kind of how we played a lot last year. And, again, this is our 12th game and it finally got us. But, again, give Stony Brook credit, they challenged our shots, they played good position defense, they didn’t’ give us a whole lot of wide-open looks. Give them credit.
Was there any carry-over from the last game where you were a little sluggish?
Over the years I’ve learned that when you come out with a performance like this there is something going on. Not like there is internal conflict, but there is something that I just can’t say that it had to do with the schedule. We had rest. The gusy came back after a couple days, we should be fresh. It shouldn’t matter. We should have been ready to go.
It seemed like throughout the week you thought your team was pretty fresh going into this game:
I thought we were, yeah. This came as a total surprise to me. Us as coaches had been conditioned the other way, “are we going to be ready for this one?” Yes. “What about this one, this is a different challenge?” Yes. And we just kept being ready. Not tonight.
Why were they able to get so many open looks from the 3-point line?
Kameron Mitchell, who I don’t believe took a shot in the first half, maybe two, but he hadn’t done anything and they were playing him on the weak side and we were concentrating on Warney so much that they were able to get him a couple things for him to get open. We didn’t do a good job of knowing where he was and maintaining our vision. He was a guy we talked about. We talked about that he had a slow release and that it took him a while to get it off, but if he got it off he could knock it down. But unfortunately in the second half he got it off. I think he was 4 of 5 from 3. And all in the second half. For them, that made the difference in the game.
Why weren’t you able to get out of that drought offensively at the end of the game?
We had three transition opportunities that we didn’t convert on. Three of them we didn’t even get to the rim. We got one blocked and turned it over twice. We got the ball inside once missed, a drive inside that missed and we couldn’t get one to go down. And they aren’t a great shot blocking team they didn’t have great size, we just weren’t able to get it to go down.
We were you trying to do things too fast on those breaks?
Sometimes. We were at times. I just thought offensively we were so impatient tonight. WE average just over 15 assists per game and tonight we weren’t looking to make that extra pass like we had been doing. You put all of that into one bag and it doesn’t come out very good.
How did your team do on the boards tonight?
Just OK. I don’t think we did great. They are a great reboudnign team. I thought we did a good job on their two top players. But our inability to convert, look at how many points they scored off turnovers. That can’t happen. Not in a game like this. We only had 12 turnovers, but they were crucial and they led to buckets by the other team. The rebounding was OK. The ygot some second-chacne points, but I think our inability to move the ball, we were so lethargic to get out to their shooters. They ddin’t make as many shots in the firs thalf but they had wide-open shots. And that shouldn’t be.
How much did the 12-0 play in that drought, was that on guys’ minds?
We just played like that the whole game. We didn’t’ have total droughts bu the entire game wer weren’t in it totally. We just didn’t have that extra edge like we’ve had most of the nonconference season.
How will they rebound from this?
I don’t’ know if it is motivation to show people. I think each individual will look inside himself and say, “I got to bring it, man.” We can’t let this happen again. It’s about us, not about showing people. We have to show ourselves that we have to come ready to play. We can be beat, at home, by anybody if we don’t come ready to play.
Thoughts on the shot selection …
We had poor shot selection tonight. I just think we are an inconsistent shooting team. We are streaky. Too often the streak is not on the positive side. That’s where we are at.
What were your thoughts on Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews’ off-shooting nights?
Off game. That’s it. Games like this sometimes it’s just, just affects everybody the way the game is being played. You have shooting drills in practice, if they make four in a row, usually they are going to make three more. If they miss three in a row, the next guy is not going to make it. For whatever reason I don’t know. Free throws, they don’t’ see it going in the basket, all of the sudden it snowballs. Who can give you the answer. If I could give you the answer, I would have done it before the game. But there are a number of things that go wrong. But in all, we gave up a great opportunity to go undefeated, but at the same time back it up, back it up to October and say, “I will tell you, you are going to go 11-1” Would you take it? Yes. Yeah. We jsuthave to make sure this is not a downslide. WE have to make sure we are ready to go to the Bay Area to be our best.
I’m sure each one of them in their mind is going to be ready to go.
Is it tougher that this was the final nonconference game?
It’s unfortunate. We weould have loved to have gone undefeated, but if we look at the big picture, this team is not going to say ‘Woe is me’ because we are 11-1. We could be 1-11. It could be wrose. We’ve been here 13 years and we’ve done this maybe 2 or 3 times. We’ve had a special nonconference. It’s unfortunate, we can’t let this happen again, but we can’t let this game seem like the season is over, let’s shut down the program.