FROM SALT LAKE CITY -- Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after Washington's 77-56 loss at the Huntsman Center on Sunday night.
(Opening statement) “There are tough teams out there that you play against, but when you go up against a team that every time you make a mistake, they make you pay, you’re playing against a very tough basketball team, and that’s what Utah was tonight. Offensively, defensively, we just didn’t have very much margin for error. Every time we made a mistake, they capitalized on it right away. We talked before the game about the multiple shooters they have on their team. It showed tonight. They were running them in and out, multiple guys that can knock down 3s. They made it very tough on us tonight. They’re a very good basketball team.”
(On trying to slow Utah down) “Well, we changed up, tried to go back and forth from zone to man. We attempted to try to put on a couple of traps to maybe try to disrupt them a little bit, but we weren’t able to that either.”
(On the dilemma of being a zone team when the opponent starts making 3s) “You know what, we played them here last year, and they shot 60 percent for the game and we played mostly man. They shot 53 percent (today) and we played a lot of zone. So they’re a good basketball team. They’ve played a quality schedule. They’re just a good team. They’re a good team. The zone has been effective for us. Tonight, they got away from us a couple times, hit a couple shots. The main thing we didn’t do – what I mean for not much margin for error – we would play good defense for 33 seconds and then we’d foul at the end of the possession. Shot clock starts over. We’d play great defense, contest a shot that they shot, and they’d get an offensive rebound. Or we’d have the ball and it would slip out of our hands. There were a number of times that happened, where if we just secure the ball or not foul, we’re going down to the other end. Just made it tough. And then we turned them over and scored, but they turned us over, as well.”
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(On lack of forced turnovers in second half) “We didn’t force as many. We didn’t. Again, they’re a good team, and we tried giving them different looks, but it just didn’t work out for us tonight.”
(Did you think you were playing well enough offensively, before final big Utah run, to win?) “I look at halftime – they’re a good defensive team – we’re shooting 50 percent ourselves. We felt like if we could continue to make shots, but we had to guard. That’s what we didn’t do. They got away from us and hit those shots. We fouled them a couple times for a 3-point shot. We did those things. And again, they made us pay every time.”
(On positive takeaways from the road trip) “We got a split of one of the toughest road trips in this league. The game after we played Colorado they went out there and just played very good basketball. So we feel we’re fortunate. We’d love to come out here and get a sweep. We’d love to. But we’re fortunate to go on the road, in the big picture, get a split. If you can do that, you’re headed in the right direction.”
(Any positives from this game specifically?) “I thought on the road when we got down, we didn’t put our heads down in the first half. We weathered the storm. I thought that was a positive. But when you lose by this margin, there are not a whole lot of bright spots. Andrew Andrews played a heck of a game. He had a heck of a trip. He’s playing really good basketball.”
(Do you leave here thinking Utah is miles ahead of you right now?) “They were the better team tonight, there’s no doubt about that. They were the better team tonight.”
(More on Andrews’ game) “You remember I said earlier that last year, the last six games, this is how he was playing. He went through his slump, but I was waiting for him to break out like he did last year. Fortunately for us, it’s not the last six games. Right now, he’s been playing pretty good basketball the past two weeks.”