FROM LOS ANGELES -- Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters after Washington's 88-66 loss at UCLA on Wednesday night.
(Opening statement) “UCLA had an obvious size advantage, and they took advantage of it tonight. Fifty points in the paint to our 20. They doubled us up on the boards. They did what they needed to do. They did a great job in that regard and really made it tough.”
(On Shawn Kemp Jr.’s concussion diagnosis) “With the way concussions are treated now, it takes so much – very conservative with them. We were hopeful that he would be better each day, and he got a little better, but not enough for them to clear him to play. A little over 15 minutes left in that Wazzu game is where he got hit, and we thought he could come back, 12, eight minute-mark, and then it was just a decision, he can’t go back in there. So that was one day. We were hoping he would be better the next day, he was a little better, but still wasn’t cleared. So it’s a long process.”
(His prognosis for Saturday at USC) “Like we’ve been doing since Sunday, just got to wait until tomorrow and hopefully tomorrow his symptoms have really, really decreased so that he’s able to go on Saturday.”
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(His symptoms?) “You have headaches, you’re sensitive to light, sensitive to noise, those type of things. He’s not dizzy and all those things. Those symptoms have really digressed.
(What happened to him?) “It was a head. Ny Redding was dribbling and Shawn was down there and the head hit his chin and jarred his entire head.”
(What would you have had to do to win this game?) “Parker was catching the ball, from their first two, three possessions, he’s catching the ball at point-blank range. That allowed them to set the tone, right then. Shawn is strong enough to not allow guys to catch it that deep. He’s been able to do that all year, to prevent them from just getting those easy baskets like that. Now you’ve got to go with another option. So that would have made a difference right there. now with Jernard having to guard him, he picked up foul trouble. So now Jernard’s (Jarreau) out of the game. So because they were able to set the tone early in the paint, it affected everything else we were doing."
(On the mental aspect of losing another starter) “What’s tough is, Jernard comes back against Wazzu – ‘yeah, all right, now we’ve finally got one of them back’ – so you get a win, you come out and learn in the next couple of days we’ve got to start all over again. Your strongest guy. Jernard is the most versatile, but Shawn’s the strongest. So I know it was a let-down. Not only that, again, what we were faced with was we played Sunday. We had to take our mandatory day off Monday, so we’re still thinking maybe Shawn plays. Now we learn he can’t play, now we’ve got to adjust on the fly. We weren’t really settled, I don’t think.”
(Any positives?) “Our guys continued to scrap. We played with five small guys for a good portion of that game and some of the first half, and our guys didn’t quit, our guys kept working, and that’s something you can build on to go into Saturday.”
(On Quevyn Winters not playing against WSU but playing tonight) “You’ve got to go by what’s going well in the game. The other night, Darin Johnson was playing well, some other guys were playing well, and you go with what’s working for you that particular game.”