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February 1, 2013

Post-game Quotes: UA-UW

Washington vs. Arizona Post-Game Quotes
Arizona 57, Washington 53
Alaska Airlines Arena
Jan. 31, 2013

Lorenzo Romar
Opening Statement:
Probably the most physical game we've played all year. Lost of contact neither team backed off from the other. Arizona did a great job defending us, we did a great job of defending them, and the difference in the game was they scored twenty points off of our turnovers, we scored 10 off of ours and we had the same number of turnovers, 17. We had more turnovers that were of the touchdown type, where there is no defense for it. They got out and they were able to get easy baskets and we also didn't shoot foul shots as well. In a close game like that when you combine those two that's the difference in the game. Very hard fought game. Our guys definitely came ready to play.

On what caused the turnovers:
I don't think we made very good decisions; that had something to do with the turnovers. We were just too negligent too many times. It hurt us, it cost us the game.

On choosing to leave CJ in with 3 fouls:
He's really good, tried to give him a chance to play through it. With his fourth foul he came back in with 8 minutes to go and didn't foul again.

On if this tough stretch is wearing on the team mentally:
It could. We have a quick turn around for the first time in conference where we play on Saturday, so we can't let it linger too much. We have to turn the page and play against a really good Arizona State team on Saturday.

On the last couple possessions:
The first turnover we had a back screen where CJ is wide open, you go back and look at the film you'll see he was wide open. We didn't complete the pass. It was there. Second time we had CJ coming to the basket and that's what were trying to get. I thought CJ might have been open and the play was not called for Aziz to take a shot. The play was to get a layup and foul right away. We could have been a little gun shy because we had just turned the ball over and maybe we didn't want to try to throw that ball to CJ when he's coming to the basket. But I can't wait to watch it to see if he was in fact open. I thought he had a couple steps coming to the basket on Nick Johnson.

UW Players

Jr., C.J. Wilcox
Did you think of letting Johnson go when you had three fouls?
No, I got caught up in the game. I saw a guy going for a dunk and I made a play on it

Are you surprised with the slumps, and how the ball just doesn't seem to go in from outside?
It's frustrating. It surprising cause its at home. Sometimes that's how it works. You have to find a way to win the ball game. I feel like we had a chance to win the game we just ha to execute

Did you feel the crowed after you hit that three?
Yes, I felt it for a couple plays. We got a couple stops and I got into it. Like I said, we just need to execute at the end of the game. The turnovers just cost us.

Sr., Abdul Gaddy
What was good at the start and what did you see down the stretch?
We started off well. We came ready to play today we just turned the ball over too much down the stretch. We just didn't execute

Tell me about that lob pass?
Gaddy: It was just a bad pass. I should have got it there
Wilcox: It was behind the backboard too much. I just tried to save it and ended up turning the ball over

Was that the call on that lob play?
It was just meant to isolate CJ. I didn't see anybody helping at the rim. I should have just made a better pass. We just had to execute

Are you surprised with the slumps, and how the ball just doesn't seem to go in from outside?
It's frustrating. It surprising because it's at home. Sometimes that's how it works. You have to find a way to win the ball game. I feel like we had a chance to win the game we just ha to execute

Why did Aziz take that last shot?
I didn't even know he was in the game. I thought somebody else had subbed in. The play was for CJ. I knew that two guys were going to run to him. When I passed it into the corner, I was like, why is Aziz in there? It just happended

Does this loss hurt more?
It doesn't hurt more than any other loss. Our team hates losing. It's tough to take losses, but I think we want to win bad for ourselves and we want to win bad for our fans. We just want our fans to support us. We don't want fans not showing up to games just because we have been losing down the stretch. We still have a lot of good basketball left in us. If our fans keep coming to support, we will turn it around…its coming.

Sr., Aziz N'Diaye
On never having lost to Wildcats on the home court
Tonight was a battle, but we didn't get the result we wanted.

On the Huskies being able to score from numerous turnovers during the game
Yes in close games like this the difference in winning and losing is the little things; it matters who hits their free throws, who gets the boards, and who works the hardest.

On working on his free throws and having missing his in the game
Yes I've been working on compressing my shot on the line; to be honest I don't know why I'm not making them.

On being a leader and getting on the team and encouraging them
Yes I feel like it's my job, and I'm not the only guy out there encouraging the team. We all know it's important.

On the difficulty of C.J. on the bench.
He's our leading offensive weapon, so when he's not on the court we have to focus on other ways we can score. He's a very good scorer and we have to make up for that when he's off the court.

On Kemp being in the line up with you
Kemp has a big body and presence on the court; he battled well and got good rebounds.

On being ready for tonight and able to replicate his hard work on Saturday
We have a short memory, tomorrow is a new day and we won't focus on our mistakes.

Arizona Coach Sean Miller
Opening statement:
I'd size the game up like this: that was as bad of an offensive first half as we've had all season. Along the lines of Southern Miss, because we had 12 turnovers and it's kind of a struggle because we have individually talented guys and usually as the season grows things become easier to play together as a team. It's not an intent issue where people don't want to play team ball, being able to pass, being patient on possessions, taking what the defense gives, we didn't have any of that in the first half. We were so fortunate to be down five points. And the reason why we were only down five points was because of our defense. And it was hard for them to score. We played the entire second half with only five turnovers and although it wasn't pretty, between Solomon (Hill) and Mark (Lyons) they went a combined 0-for-8 from the three, and that's never good for our team, but we were better. And our defense remained the same. Sometimes on the road when you can find a way and play great defense and learn, it means the world. Because you are not going to be perfect, especially in conference play. To me, this is our hardest earned victory of the season.

On turnovers
I am concerned about turnovers, but we showed glimpses of hope. For example, to play a half with five turnovers, that's about as well as you can do at Washington. They pressure you and have great athletic talent, the crowd is into it, so you look at that 20 minutes and you leave here feeling really good. We've done that throughout the season. I can't tell you a game this season where we've had a bad half then turn it around. No question, for us to do special things and continue to win, playing the 12 or few is our goal and we have to be more consistent in that area. And I think our offense needs to develop.

On the similarities between Washington and UCLA
The game was very similar to UCLA. The one common theme was Aziz N'Diaye affects so many shots at the rim that "when at first not successful, try something different". We never really caught on to that until about four minutes into the second half, where okay, that's not working. Let's go on to plan B. That was part of early on our problem. But again, I'm really excited we were able to win. Kaleb Tarczewski quietly has put together his two best games of his career. Against USC he had 10 points and seven rebounds, tonight he had 10 and 8. His presence, a lot like Aziz, really helps us control. Especially on a night like tonight. He missed one dunk and was really close on having a great game. I think it shows where he will one day be. And maybe it's someday this season. I'm really happy for him.

On C.J. Wilcox
Nick Johnson is an elite defender. When we start to feel that way you get comments from the opposing coach or players that would admit that he's very good on defense and he is. Nick didn't play particularly well in the first half but a sign of his growth and maturity is he is the best player certainly on our team, maybe both teams in the second half. He did everything.

Arizona Players

G Nick Johnson
On getting the win:
Coming in here, we knew that Coach Miller had never won here. They have a great atmosphere, a great team. They're always a tough, physical team. Coach challenged us at half time to go out there, play together and play hard, and that's what we did. It wasn't pretty at all, but we battled again and pulled it out.

On turnover problems:
At times we hurt ourselves, and we have to get better at that. I think we finished with 17 turnovers-5 in the second half, which is really what we want every half. I know we had 12 in the first, which is something that we have to get better at.

On fixing turnover problems down the stretch:
Just focus. We knew that by turning the ball over we were missing out on a lot of shots that could be taken. So you just have to focus in and make plays.

On late free throws:
I definitely knew that I needed to make them. I went 1-for-2 then 2-for-2. I just didn't want to get it to the point where I missed and they got an easy bucket or something like that.

Solomon Hill
On Coach Miller's reaction to slow start:
He was mad. Any coach would be furious in that situation because take away twelve turnovers and the game would have been so much different. And it's a factor of us. You could say they're going out there and making us turn the ball over, but we're passing the ball into deflections, we're losing it on drives. It's a factor of what we're doing and he only sees so much of what we're doing on the court, and it kind of hurts him, and it hurts the team. But we stayed with is, only had five turnovers in the second half, and made the most of our plays.

On overcoming adversity in getting the win:
It was team ball, kind of like the Oregon game. Everyone contributed tonight. We had some good plays. Kevin came in and hit a three. It was a team effort tonight. It wasn't just one guy hitting. It was also about defensive rebounding. We battled and eliminated their second shots. Early on they got a lot of second shots, they got some easy ones. And that's not a play you can call. So if we limit them, push the ball in transition, get some turnovers, it opens up for us. And we made some big free throws and kept the lead.

On starting slow:
It's been hurting us. It's a factor of us finding a rhythm early on. This happened against UCLA where we we're not connecting. I think it has a lot to do with our passing game. When we're passing things become easier, instead of just one-on-one ball, trying to beat our man and get to the rim. Early on Aziz blocked three shots because we're just dribbling the rock. He's going to block shots when he sees them coming.

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