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December 3, 2012

Quotes: Washington, Cal-State Fullerton

Washington vs. Cal-State Fullerton Post-Game Quotes
Washington 74, CS Fullerton 72
Alaska Airlines Arena
Dec. 2, 2012

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

I don't think that Cal State Fullerton made us look bad in terms of the type of team we were. I told our guys they are so gifted with the ball in their hands individually. They have multiple playmakers and you saw that. D.J. Seeley hits big shots for them. We were, for whatever reason, very lethargic early on, and they capitalized on that and went up. But I'm really happy with how our guys came out in the second half. 18 rebounds, 14 points-that was a John Brockman-esque performance from Desmond Simmons. John Brockman is the only guy who's ever been here since we've been here to get 18, and now Desmond Simmons is the next. He was just all over the place on the boards. Andrew Andrews did a great job filling in for Abdul down the stretch, who cramped up and had spasms, and couldn't go back in the game. Andrew broke down on defense and made plays. It was just a gutsy effort by our guys down the stretch. This may have been the biggest win for us of our preseason, because we're starting to get our team back. I don't know if they will for sure but some guys will attempt to start practice this week-Scott and Shaun-and see if they can go. We had to get over the hump of this game here. Somehow we survived, and we're ready to move on. Sorry for such a long introduction.

On playing Quinn Sterling:
A little bit thin on bodies, a little bit of foul trouble. But Quinn turned that ball over tonight, I don't think he'll turn it over again ever. He's just a smart player. He got on the floor without any hesitation. That's just kind of how he plays. He plays really hard and we don't have any problem with putting him in the basketball game. He's a guy who's been hurt-we haven't had him. He's not the guy necessarily who's going to be the difference maker who scores 30 a game, but he is a guy you can put in the game who is smart and helps the team.

On effects of starting in zone:
It was a conversation coach (Brad) Jackson and I were having before the season started-do you ever like starting in zone? I don't like starting in zone because it takes your aggressiveness away sometimes early. I don't think that was the case [tonight]. I have another reason that I won't say publically. The subconscious mind can mess with you sometimes. We didn't start in a zone, we were in a man on a miss, zone on a make.

On Simmon's performance:
Consummate glue guy, consummate intangible guy is what he is. He just does little things like deflections. We had a low number of deflections in the first half and Desmond had over half of them. When he's active like that, he gets stuff done. This is his second double-double-he had 14 and 12 against Seton Hall.

Junior guard C.J. Wilcox
Summing up the game

It was a scrappy win, they definitely gave us opportunities to get it done by fouling us late in the game and we took advantage of those opportunities. We came out in the first half really slow and we knew they could score, so that's what they did.

Did they give you trouble being small, quick, and very guard heavy?
Yes coming in we know that's what they were going to do, just trying to play one on one, break you down, and have someone else come out and hit threes-that's what they did. Second half we calmed down and were able to get in front.

Were you stunned to be fouled at that point in the game?
Actually I was. I was surprised on the first foul and then they did it again. I was really surprised.

Can you talk about Desmond's night?
We know he's capable of doing that every night. We knew coming into the first half especially when he took it upon himself to get every offensive rebound he could, which is what we're used to seeing.

Senior center Aziz N'Diaye
What's the difficulty when playing much smaller guys?

They usually spread out the floor, like five out, and I end up guarding the biggest fastest guy. I just follow the scout and work on containing the basketball, trying to get a stop.

What happened to your eye?
I don't remember, the play was when I went into Desmond and his elbow accidentally hit me in the eye. It wasn't something from the other team.

Did it feel like during the game Desmond wasn't taking any prisoners with 18 rebounds?
Yes he did a really good job, that's what we expect. We have to go in there and get those rebounds and get those second chance shots and he did a very good job on the ball.

Freshman guard Andrew Andrews
Do you know what happened with Seeley scoring only 4 in the second half? Did you make adjustments defensively?

Yeah it all happened in transition. He's a great shooter and anytime you lose someone like that they're going to go off. Second half we made a point to focus in on him and try and cut off his water just so he wouldn't have as easy looks to the basket and it worked.

Do you like going to the free throw line so late in the game?
Yes definitely, anything to try to settle a victory. After a certain amount of minutes you get used to the rhythm shot.

Cal State Fullerton Coach Andy Newman
On the last two fouls
We played aggressive. We talked about playing smart in the locker room, we had two mental errors there and they ended up costing us. I was really proud of our effort. That's a really good Washington team. They're going to be really good in the Pac-12 and I'm really proud of how our guys played.

On their second half shooting
I thought we got good looks. We just missed them. I started watching the scoreboard and thought we shouldn't be playing this good against these guys. But, you trust the process. You penetrate, you kick, you shoot and we were making those shots in the first half. We made 12. I would have liked to make one more in the second half but I was really happy with our guys and their effort.

On watching the last inbounds plays
It was tough. Those guys battled so hard and to watch those two plays happen is heartbreaking for them. And I hurt for them too. You work on in-game situations but until you get in a game like that you really don't know. And I think this game is tremendously going to help us down the road. And in an environment like this, it was a one possession game, back-and-forth and went down to the wire. It's twofold, you're upset that your guys made some mistakes down the line but I'm really glad it happened because it's going to help us down the road.

On the Huskies size
I thought in the first half we did a good job. I think the second half Simmons took advantage of his height and N'Diaye as well. But the first half we battled and in the second half they kind of wore us down a bit.

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