Here's what Washington coach Lorenzo Romar had to say after Washington beat Oregon, 80-76, on Thursday night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
(Opening statement) “That was a huge win for us after dropping two on the road, coming back, getting this win. Really proud of our guys. We went out and competed, came back in the second half and held them to four rebounds on the offensive end. It was tough for us in the first half. They scored a lot off that and our turnovers. I thought in the second half, we did a better job of taking care of the basketball and boxing out. May have made the difference in the game, helped us overcome a poor free-throw shooting spell toward the end of that game.
“That’s a dangerous offensive team and I thought our guys did a good job of not letting them go crazy on the 3-point line, and not getting a whole lot of easy 3-point looks, because they certainly will hit open shots.”
(What was the plan on C.J. Wilcox’s final 3?) “The plan was to get him the ball, but when he got it, we were hoping things would work so he would just get it and have a good rhythm 3. well they guarded it, played it, they jumped all the way on the high side. It was just a matter of him catching the ball then at that point. So he shot it probably a longer distance than he would have liked, but man, he zeroed in on it and knocked it down. Big shot.”
(On benefit of having a fifth-year senior take those shots) “Those are the things that C.J., we expect him to do now at this point. He’s not only a fifth-year senior. He’s one of the best guards in America. And when you’re one of those guys, they make those type of plays at the end. He’s kind of been doing that lately.”
(On Oregon switching defenses) “I thought when we settled down, I think Shawn (Kemp) had two 5-footers that he missed, I think, that he was there. I thought Perris got some layups that he got. The problem was we were taking too long to get into offense, trying to figure out what they’re in. and that’s not what we practiced. We talked about that. You don’t all of a sudden come back in the second half and not have to think as much. We just went back to doing what we practiced in the second half. They played more man in the second half than they did zone. Same thing with the press. Once we settled down against the press, we were fine. But for whatever reason, we froze in the first half.”
(Did you call the play for Wilcox?) “We didn’t call for him to make a 27-footer, but we called for him to get the ball.”
(Expecting Johnathan Loyd to be on him?) “It didn’t matter. We were going to go to C.J. at that point.”
(On Perris Blackwell’s big second half) “We came out in the second half and just made a concerted effort just to get him the ball down ther,e because we felt he’d be able to score if we got the ball to him inside. He played with a lot of confidence, and was very aggressive and made the best of those opportunities.”
(On Darin Johnson’s minutes) “Darin probably gave us the best quality minutes of the year, given the circumstances. It’s a Pac-12 game, and the game is close, and he came in and made some impactful plays. He hit a big 3 for us. He got a big offensive rebound. He rebounded the ball better than he’s been rebounding. He had really good minutes. It’s good to see that. He helped us.”