FROM CORVALLIS -- Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after Washington's 64-50 loss at Oregon State on Sunday at Gill Coliseum.
(Opening statement) “I have to say, Coach Tinkle and his staff have done a tremendous job here. The energy in this building was very impressive. Those guys have a belief in how they play and how they go about their business. They did a very nice job.”
(Seemed like turnovers were just impossible to overcome) “There’s no doubt. They do a good job in their defense, but at the same time, there were too many unforced turnovers that just didn’t make sense on our end. And you can’t continue to do that when you’re playing against a team that’s undefeated at home, and plays the deliberate pace that they play. It’s going to catch up with you. I thought in the first half, we did a good job of defending them. The second half we came out, we moved the ball, then for whatever reason, we began to turn the ball over again. Thirteen turnovers at halftime. That’s too much.”
(Is that particularly disappointing considering offense had been better lately?) “Very disappointing, but even more disappointing was we reverted back and gave up far too many layups. We had started to get better. you could see there was progress in that regard with us. But tonight, they just scored too many baskets at the rim. That’s a bad combination – you’re turning the ball over and they’re scoring at the rim. Some of them scoring at the rim was due to our turnovers, no doubt about that.
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(On committing so many turnovers with four and five-guard lineups) “We definitely need to do a better job. There’s no doubt about that. Earlier in the year, that was one of our strengths. We didn’t turn the ball over very much. We were the stingy team. We didn’t turn it over much and we didn’t give up very many layups. Now, we’ve changed in that regard. We’re on the other end of the spectrum. We’ve got a week of practice, though. The opponent doesn’t get any easier, that’s for sure. But we’ve got a week to work on this stuff.”
(How do you get team ready to play Arizona next week?) “We’ll talk to our team. We’ll address the turnovers. We’ll show us giving up points at the rim. The opponent, it doesn’t matter. If we’re not going to do what we’re supposed to do, it doesn’t matter (who) the opponent (is). And if we do what we’re supposed to do, I feel like the opponent doesn’t matter, either. So we just have to be nails on our end.”
(Where is this team right now in the big picture?) “If our team reflects any way how we were at the end of that game, they kept going to the foul line, we were working, we’d get a deflection, regain possession, only to give it back to them. But our guys were scrapping. Our guys didn’t quit. If that’s how we’re going to be – where is this team? I think our team is going to keep working. I think our team is going to go back to practice this week, even though this is a very, very difficult time, I see us still getting after it, trying to get better.”
(On Jernard Jarreau’s status) “He’s starting to run a little bit and we’ll probably know later on in the week when this happens. But it would be good if he could get back.”
(When will you know if he can play this week?) “Later on this week – when you have surgery like that, knee surgery, not the ACL, but meniscus, you can kind of walk around kind of gimpy and then you get it strengthened within a few days, all of a sudden you’re good. So we have to wait until then, toward the end of the week.”
(Is this as frustrated as you’ve been at this point in the season?) “I don’t know. There have been some years I’ve been very frustrated and things ended up all right. The thing about this season, it’s a lot like 2007. We started out 11-1 I believe, preseason, then we started out conference 1-6. Finished 8-10 I think, something like that. But this season reminds me more like that.”
(Does this team have enough to win right now?) “Whenever we step up as a team, and we have a number of guys contribute, we have enough. But if it’s just that night where we can’t muster up enough offense, then we don’t have a lot of margin for error.”