Nigel Williams-Goss spent most of his conversation with the media with his head down, visibly upset, while Andrew Andrews answered most of the questions. Neither of them were happy with the Washington Huskies defense in their 62-57 loss to Stony Brook on Sunday. It was Washington's first loss after coming in ranked 13th in the nation and having won each of its 11 games.
Here's a video from their postgame conversation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFAj_OAhZzY
Here's what they had to say:
ANDREW ANDREWS: We just didn’t come up with enough stops in the end to get the job done.
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We got a group of strong guys. Everybody on our seam is strong. We got guys with strong wills. We aregont’ going to let one loss set us back. This time last year we had 5 losses or something like that. We just know we got to get better. Any given night we can drop a game like we did tonight. We are going into Cal, we got a coupel day sto prepare and get our mindset right to get ready to come back to work.
We got to play hard for 48 minutes. WE played hard only in spurts and that came back to bite us.
They are a good team but everything they got was on our mishaps on defense. Losing our man, not scrambling enough. Everything they got was from our lack of defnse.
Miscommunication. We gave a 3-poitn shooter wide open looks. He might have made one contested shot but eveyrhting else was wide open. So that was all on us.
I’m not sure. This whole year though when we’ve gotten into offensive droughts our defnse has picked us up. We dind’t bring our defense this game.
There was no doubth in my mind that everyone on the court thought we were going to win. Any time you get to play in front of your home court you get a boost in energy. We just dind’t come up with the stops we needed to in the end.
I didn’t feel like we were going to lose the game until the buzzer went off. It just shows that we got room to grow. We were tyring to go through pressaeon undefeated but it didn’t happen. Now we got to go to Cal and Stanford, look forward to that road trip and get those done.
I don’t’ think anybody on our team had the cool jacket on them. I wouldn’t say it’s a lack of focus, I just thingk we weren’t in it physically. Our body’s weren’t moving. We weren’t down in our stance, we were in the game mentally we just weren’t physically.
Copule offensive reboudns and kcikcouts and were weren’t scrambling like we normally do.
NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS: What was my reaction? I was disappointed, obviously.
I think Andrew touched on that already. We had defensive mishaps. WE weren’t solid enough on defense to get the stops to win the game.
When you lose, you are going to be disapointed. No one is happy to lsoe. But we aren’t going to let one game define our season. Our focus in the next game. This is behind us. You can’t do anything about the past. Winning last game didn’t do anything about tonight and losing tonight Is not going to affect our next game. We just have to prepare and be ready to play Cal.
ANDREWS: Everybody looks forward to conference play. We wish we coudlhave gone in with a win, but it adds more fueld to the fire. We got a team that is full of chips on their shoulders. This is going to put another chip on there, help us work harder in practice, a lto of little things we need to do to get up.
We don’t’ focus on the past. WE are 12 games down, it’s all about the future. Our past was great we had a good preseason, but all we are looking forward to is the next game. This game doesn’t define us. That’s why you might look at it 11-1 we are great, you are fine, we don’t’ see it that way. Each game is important to us, so we got to come out and play our hardest each game. Because it doesn’t matter if we ended tonight 12-0, you got to move on to the next one and play that game. Now we are 11-1. You can’t focus on the past. You got to come out and play the next game.