FROM PALO ALTO -- Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters after UW's 68-60 overtime loss at Stanford on Sunday night.
(Opening) "(Chasson) Randle is tough. He got us here last year. He had a good second half, scored 33. I thought we did a decent job on him. Told our guys that he was going to make baskets. He’s a tremendous player. He made some clutch shots down the stretch. I thought our guys played well. I thought we defended. We played good enough to win the game, but weren’t able to pull it out.”
(On the turnovers in overtime) “We just were a little disjointed. The game was … we had the game in regulation, but we didn’t finish it.”
(On the 12-minute, 27-second scoring drought) “They’re long. They play good defense. We didn’t take good care of the basketball during that stretch. I was relieved – when Nigel (Williams-Goss) had back spasms in the first half, he had to come out of the game. We didn’t know if he was going to be able to come back. Shawn Kemp Jr. and Jernard (Jarreau) got in early foul trouble, so early on … I know they had some guys in foul trouble, too, but we had to kind of mix and match, just kind of play on the fly during that stretch, and we didn’t have probably our best offensive unit in there, but somehow we made it through. We had a chance to go into the half up by five, but we turned it over at the end.”
(Why go with Jarreau over Kemp in overtime?) “Jernard Jarreau is a starter and defensively, he was able to guard different positions. Rosco Allen was getting loose a few times. We wanted to make sure that he wasn’t able to get away from us, so Jernard was in there.”
(So spasms aren't a recurring issue with Williams-Goss?) “Just out of nowhere, all of a sudden."
(On the team that started 11-0 vs. the team that's 0-3) “Tonight was more of that team. The two games, Stony Brook and Cal – and I’m not just saying because we lost the game, we lost tonight too – but tonight’s game, we competed. We defended. We did a lot more things. Like I said, we played good enough to win. The other two games, we didn’t paly good enough to win. So I don’t count those two as being part of that. That was another team. Tonight’s team was a lot more similar to the team that we had when we were winning games. We’ve just got to keep grinding.”
(Do you tweak anything after three losses?) “No, no, no. I thought we tweaked tonight by playing defense. We were 11-0, we didn’t need any tweaks. We lose a game – if you continue to lose games and you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do to win, maybe you tweak but tonight, we did a lot of things that would allow us to win the game. We had it in our hands and we weren’t able to capitalize. I don’t think you all of a sudden just tweak everything.”
(Is there a costly possession down the stretch that comes to mind?) “Only in the overtime. In the regulation, we were up four, up six. We had our opportunities. But in overtime, we didn’t do a good job. In regulation, I thought we did what was necessary to win the game.”
(More on the scoring drought) “We had some different lineups out there, a little like last year when we had our guys hurt, guys were playing out of position. That was kind of what was going on a little bit. I thought we started out the game well."
(On the foul trouble with the bigs) "... Those guys were playing so well in the beginning. We were in such good rhythm and both of them had to sit down. Robert Upshaw with the overtime played 38 minutes. He hadn’t done that. I know he was exhausted by the end down there.”
(Hard to leave Kemp on the bench that long?) “Absolutely. In the past, when Shawn has had early fouls, we’ve left him in, (and) he’s picked up that extra one. Just from past experience, we thought we weren’t going to gamble. In spite of it he still had a great game, a great offensive game.”
(On not playing Kemp in overtime) “We turned the ball over in overtime. If Shawn was in, it may not have mattered. We weren’t getting the ball into the right spots. Again, we thought Jernard, good defender, guard multiple positions.”