Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said following his team's 86-62 loss to Arizona at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Friday night.
(Opening statement) “Not a whole lot to say. Arizona made it hard on us offensively. They’re a really good defensive team. We took shots under duress a lot of times. I think their length bothered us in the first half and we couldn’t generate enough defense to stop them for us to get a whole lot of transition. There were times throughout the game where the ball was in our hands, somehow it just slipped out. … Again, like all good teams, they capitalize on every mistake that you make. I thought our guys did a decent job of taking care of the basketball, but there were a couple turnovers that were costly. But on a more positive note, there were some guys tonight whose efforts were just … I was so proud of those guys. Andrew Andrews, Mike Anderson, Gilles Dierickx even when he came in the game, he worked. There were some guys that were just really, really competing, and I think Andrew, get 11 rebounds, just … he was a warrior in spite of the game not being close. We cut it down to 11 and obviously we had momentum with about eight minutes to go but we couldn’t capitalize and score after that.”
(On not being able to guard Arizona) “We did a poor job of keeping them in front of us. At times we were pressuring when we shouldn’t have, and they drove us. One of the things we talk about with their team, a lot of slashers. They’re going to go to the rim. For whatever reason, we felt we could continue to get up in them without them driving against us. That hurt. On our rotations, sometimes we would rotate and we didn’t do a good enough job rotating. Tarczewski was taller and on the ball-screen, we didn’t defend the ball-screen very well. They’d get inside of us, we’d step up. They threw one to Rondae where he got a dunk. Tarczewski, he made three baskets, so he didn’t really hurt-us hurt us. When you put all that together, that makes for an offensive run for them.”
(On Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shutting down Nigel Williams-Goss) “It reminds me back in the day when the Bulls put Scottie Pippen on Magic. Just he’s taller, his length is a factor and he is one of the few guards that’s long enough and good enough defensively to at least be there with you. To me, he’s one of the best defenders in the country.”
(On not having enough players to win) “When we’re sitting there in that game and we’re battling, I’m not thinking, ‘we just don’t have the horses.’ I’m thinking we have to do a better job, like in the second half, we came out, they didn’t get as many layups in the first 12 minutes. Now, after that, we went back to the same thing. Whether we ran out of gas or not. I think that’s a factor with us because we don’t have a lot of depth. Guys are logging a lot of minutes, and if you play the kind of defense we want, we wear down. But in the second half, we came out and we did a better job of playing the type of defense and playing on the weak side and helping that we want to do. But we just haven’t been able to sustain it. And my thoughts are, how can we sustain it? We’ve got to find a way to sustain this. The spurts that we have where we are doing the right things defensively, we have to be able to sustain those. I’m not thinking we just don’t have the horses. Just my thought process.”
(On his technical foul) “It’s interesting. I don’t know. If every coach got a technical for what I said, then they’d have to change the rule. They couldn’t issue technicals anymore, because they’d issue 40 out a game."
(What did you say?) “Something like, ‘come on, you’ve been giving them those calls all night.’ Something like that. But I said it loudly, and I said it about three inches from his face. … Don’t get me started on that one.”
(On Arizona State coming in on Sunday) “Entirely different team. Arizona State is more of a jump-shooting team and they shoot the ball well from the perimeter, but that team just beat Arizona. So I don’t know what’s going to happen with their game against Washington State, but for us, it’s a mental adjustment quick. We’ve got to have a short memory. Big game tonight. We didn’t come close to getting it done. And now we’ve got to come back Sunday with the right frame of mind, come back and play to the best of our ability. So we’ll work through that tomorrow.”
(On Shawn Kemp Jr. and foul trouble) “Well, I thought he did a pretty good job. He was called for a flop, when a guy flopped, he was called for a charge there. there was another call that was given, it wasn’t necessarily because they were going at him and he was getting in foul trouble. He picked up fouls in a couple of other ways. But there is a lot on him. … We know Jernard Jarreau is going to be coming back soon."
(On the tempo Washington needs to play with when it plays five guards) “A little more of a frantic pace, I would say. In order to do that, we have to pressure. It’s tough. In order to create a frantic pace, you have to apply pressure. You have to make the other team uncomfortable when they have the ball. But in order to do that, you have to have depth, quality depth, to be able to do it. If you don’t, you come out in the first 10 minutes and it will probably be pretty good, but you’ll run out of gas a lot quicker, in that regard.”
(On instilling belief in what he’s teaching when there aren’t any wins to show for it) “Each loss makes it more difficult, but you say it after a couple losses – it takes one win. And it kind of gets your mind right. That’s what we’re looking for, that one win. Please don’t mistake my lip not being on the floor for it’s not disappointing. It’s very disappointing for me. I’m just not a moper. There’s not too many minutes in the day that I’m not thinking about this, how to right this ship, get it right. So we’ve got to look for that one. Then we go from there.”
(On challenges ASU will present) “Well, they don’t play with two bigs, they play with four perimeter guys. So if we’re not able to keep them in front of us, they will rain 3s all day. So we have to be able to stay with them and not give them wide-open looks from the 3-point line. That’s probably our biggest challenge.”