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November 29, 2012

Washington-Saint Louis Quotes

Washington vs. Saint Louis Post-Game Quotes
Washington 66, Saint Louis 61
Alaska Airlines Arena
Nov. 28, 2012

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Opening comments:

It was good to see our guys out there competing tonight at a higher level than we had in our last game. I thought our guys did a lot of good things. St. Louis, the way they play is really tough to guard with those big guys that can shoot it so well and those guards that are quick coming off those ball screens, but all in all our guys did a good job.

On changing up offense in 2nd half:
In the offense, you compliment it with something. When you play certain teams they guard it a certain way, but they can't guard the other motion part. Our guys knew that and we went to that in the second half and it loosened everything up.

On confidence in high-post offense:
We're getting better at it. It just takes time, but we're getting better at it. Before we majored in the motion minored in the high post and we weren't as good in the high post. We didn't have to be really good in the motion [tonight] because it was a different look. It's like how some teams you play against you have to play more zone, but some teams you can't play zone. We're able to go back and forth based on how a team is defending us."

On St. Louis' defense:
They were really bodying us up, grabbing a lot and holding, just really chugging everything. It just kind of slowed us up. When we spread them out we didn't think that they could beat us off the dribble, and that proved to be true. Our guys got into the lane and made plays.

On C.J. Wilcox's offensive performance:
He's being really aggressive right now. When all our guys come back we don't want him to change the way he's playing. The only guy who's ever done that who has played here was Trey Simmons-he scored 21 points in 13 minutes I think. But aside from that, it was about as efficient as you can get.

Guard C.J. Wilcox
On how the Huskies upped their defensive intensity in the last 3 or 4 minutes of the game

We just made sure we executed on the defensive end. We haven't been ending the games to well. Coach made sure we were focused and finishing the game right. If we would have made our free throws it would have been easier to win, but other than that our defensive intensity was good.

Were you fighting through pain at all today?

Towards the end of the game my back started cramping. It's been cramping late in practice just from the fall last game

Are you one of those shooters that gets in a zone?

I just take it upon myself to be aggressive. Especially with Scott out, me and Abdul both have to be aggressive. Tonight was just one of those nights where my shot was just falling

Guard Abdul Gaddy
What it means to the team when CJ is getting hot

It just opens everything else for everybody else. He's a knockdown shooter, a great scorer. We are looking for him everytime we come down the floor. When teams key on him it opens up things for me, Aziz, Andrew, Scott, especially when he gets going

Biggest difference between tonight and Saturday?

Toughness and grit. We boxed out more, we just played more physical. That's always been a trademark of our team. We got after it these last two practices. It showed today. We played a tough team in St. Louis who likes to grind out wins. We played tough today.

What allowed you to be more physical?

Just focus. Not that we weren't focused other games. That was just our mentality coming into this game. If you be tough everything else will take care if itself. We knew that we were going to make shots. We knew Cj was going to come into the game, and if he was making shots we were going to be fine on the offensive end. We were getting stops, being tough and getting rebounds.

How does that toughness manifest itself on the court?

Loose balls, rebounds, making sure you are in the right spot, taking charges. Anything dealing with being physical and getting to the free throw line. Anything dealing with being physical that's all toughness. Those are trademarks of husky basketball.

Did the late start affect your energy?

No, we were into the game. Now you can feel the time. When you're into the game you're not even feeling it. You're feeling the crowd. You're out there just playing. You don't think about time until the game is over.

Saint Louis Coach Jim Crews
On the game

I thought in the first half we did a lot of really good things and we ended up tied at halftime. We did what we wanted to do, we had good looks inside and outside, the guys were pretty ball-strong and we had five turnovers at half. And then we made some mistakes which continue with (C.J.) Wilcox because he is such a good player. But in the first half they had four threes and and three of them were a little bit in our face where we didn't have a hand up and forced them outside the shooting range. And then Wilcox took over the second half and we didn't have an answer for him. I'm encouraged. I think our guys fought the whole way through it and we will continue to fight it. We play Valparaiso on Sunday and they are a very good team.

On Aziz N'Diaye
They did (get him involved). He's a mountain of a man and he gets deep and it's tough, but we have to do a better job than letting them get deep. When you push someone out, the perimeter guys are closer to him. When it's deep, then your perimeter guys are further so it's a little bit of a win-win or a lose-lose situation and too many times it was a lose-lose for us. A lot of times we did do a good job but not enough times.

On their offensive flow
Five different times we did not communicate what offense we were in, which scheme we were in. So three of them knew it or four of them knew it, but five of them didn't know it. So that's five wasted possessions and that's a big swing right there. That's what I was talking to them about after the game. We just didn't do a good enough job passing the information on.

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