The Huskies were right where you might expect tonight after their 62-60 loss to USC. They weren't happy. But they were saying the right things about believing that they can right their ship in the post season.
The most interesting quotes came from junior and captain Isaiah Thomas, who admitted the regular season and Pac-10 seasons were disappointments, and that those disappointments have taken a toll on the team's confidence:
On is the season has been a disappointment: "You could say that. We thought we were going to do so much better. We haven’t been as consistent as we would like, and that’s cost us seven games. Every game was different, but we’ve got to deal with this and turn the page and deal with this Pac-10 (tournament) because it’s do or die now."
On UW's confidence: "It’s not very high right now. But I told the dudes in the locker room: Soak it in tonight. Tomorrow’s a new day, and turn the page because we’ve got bigger things that we want to accomplish and it’s the Pac-10 tournament: We’ve got to be ready." Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox, who has a career high 24 points Thursday against UCLA, had four points tonight on 1-of-7 shooting.
True freshman Terrence Ross, who had 18 points in the first game at USC, didn’t get off the bench -- which coach Lorenzo Romar explained was simply a matter of minutes for Overton, Wilcox and Suggs.
ROMAROverview) Their guards came out very aggressively, especially Fontaine. They came out in attack mode and had us on our heels early. With a team like USC that plays such good defense, you get down and dig yourself in a hole that early, they make it really difficult to come back. Despite that, I think these guys dug in and found a way to dig in and come back. I commend our guys for that, but we got down by a pretty big margin early. Made it very difficult.
On falling behind early Last time, Terrance Ross hit three three’s in the first half. It helped us really gain momentum. By half time, I think we were up two against them, and then continued to go up from there. We didn’t really shoot the basketball like that. No one really was able to knock shots down to get us back to the game.
On Ross's absence) C.J. Wilcox came off an unbelievable game and we were hoping he could get going. He still only played sixteen minutes. Venoy Overton started and I thought Venoy played a tremendous game tonight. He played a lot of minutes. Scott Suggs came in and did a really nice job in the first half. He came in and played and sometimes there just aren’t enough minutes. Those guys that played it contributed and again C.J. If we had not have played C.J. I would have been vilified I am sure. Sent me to a guillotine tonight. I probably would have sent myself for not playing C.J. He just came off from playing one of the best performances ever. But again, he didn’t play thirty minutes, he played sixteen. So it was just difficult to find minutes.
THOMASOn his frustration after this game) "It was just because we couldn’t get any stops. It’s never fun when you’re down the whole game. We fought back. We need to start games and halves off better than we have because we get ourselves down and then we always come back but, in this instance, it was a little too late."
VENOY OVERTONOn what USC did well) They kind of spread us out and made our guards defend. They went one on one and they kinda got us off balance.
On the emotions of it being senior night) I just wanted to go out with a win—to beat these guys and go into the Pac-10 Tournament feeling confident, but hopefully we can be on a run and go from there.