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March 9, 2013

Quotes: UW-UCLA

Washington vs. UCLA Post-Game Quotes
UCLA 61, Washington 54
Alaska Airlines Arena
March 9, 2013

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
I don't have a lot to say. It was pretty obvious to our team and me where the difference in that game was. UCLA did a great job of forcing us into 19 turnovers, which they converted into 29 points. They scored 61, so that's right at half of their points. It's similar to what happened at their place. That was the difference in the game right there, along with their two freshmen bookending the second half, Jordan Adams in the beginning and Shabazz Muhammad taking over after that. It was a tag team effort from those two offensively.

On UCLA's transition offense:
We were concerned with USC's transition and they got one transition basket in that game. I thought tonight we regressed. Larry Drew has a great push. One thing about playing up-tempo is that if you have someone to push the ball and you have finishers when you distribute the ball, you're hard to deal with, and that's what they have. A lot of their guys are capable of scoring 20 points a game, or even 30. When you have someone who is one of the best assist players in the country in Larry Drew, it makes for a tough night if you're not organized in transition. Tonight they burned us a couple times.

On UCLA forcing turnovers:
I talked about it prior to this game. Some teams that you play against, everywhere you turn, they're right there. I thought we got pretty good shots at the basket a lot of times, but-especially those freshmen-they're basketball players. Basketball players know how to play the game and they read situations, they anticipate, they are long, they can get to a lot of deflections, they're quick, they tip from behind, and they present problems in terms of you being able to take care of the ball. They created problems for us in taking care of the basketball.

On seniors' performances on Senior Day:
You hate to see them go out with a loss. That hasn't happened very often here. We usually do a pretty good job on Senior Day. I thought Scott Suggs stepped up and offensively had a good game, and I thought he really battled Shabazz. He's giving up around 30 pounds there, and he really battled.

On decision to pull Shawn Kemp after hot start:
He ended up playing 24 minutes, making sure he was fresh, making sure he didn't get winded. Jernard Jarreau had a heck of a game last game, and I guarantee you if Shawn would have played more and Jernard wouldn't have, it would have been why wasn't he in there. Shawn was still in there for 24 minutes, and that's over half the game. Desmond in the second half came out and got 11 rebounds in 17 minutes and when we came back he provided a lot of energy for us. It could be a guy who hit eight in a row, but the complexion of the game changes, and somebody is giving you something of what you need during that time, and what we needed was energy. When Desmond gave us that energy, we started to really play basketball.

On decision to keep N'Diaye in game despite offensive troubles:
When we made our run, Aziz was a presence on defense. He was blocking shots, and I didn't want to take him out at that point. I know he made some mistakes offensively, but we were getting back in that game and we took the lead because of defense. We began to get stops, and that's what got us going.

Sr., Scott Suggs
On the team having good motion on the court
We wanted to come in here and finish this season on a wining streak so we gave a lot of effort today. It was fun, I wish we could have given the fans a win.

On the team's confidence going into the tournament
I don't think we lost any confidence today but we know we need to limit our turnovers. That was a big influence today, so I'm sure we'll focus on that for the next couple of days.

Sr., Aziz N'Diaye
On what he liked about what the team did today and what they weren't able to do..
We came ready to play and they're a good team. We battled pretty well against them and ended up coming up short because of negligence. We turned the ball over a couple too many times and that's what made the difference.

On today's challenges on matching up against UCLA
They're a good team, they push the ball hard and try to score off of the fast break. We did a good job getting back on difference but when we had turnovers they just capitalized. It's hard to bounce back on those because it's just a numbers game at that point. I think they were scoring a lot on turnovers, which made the difference.

On the last home game of his career
We've seen a lot of wins here, and the dawg pack and all of our fans have been amazing throughout our whole careers here at UW. We wanted to win to finish everything right.

On this game dampering the team's confidence going into the tournament
I don't think this game will affect our confidence at all because last night we pretty much knew everyone's seeding in the Pac-12. We're just going to watch a lot of film and look at the tournament as a new season. We're going to go in with that mindset taking it one game at a time.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Opening Statement:
Great win for our team today, after the disappointment of losing Wednesday on the road, to come in here and win for the first time in nine years, people ask why is it so hard? They're really good, they're always really good, Lorenzo does a terrific job. To go through all the adversity we've gone through this season, to be able to win it here is really special. To beat a really good team on their home floor is difficult to do, and that was done today. They are a very good team, they're a team that no one wants to face coming up in this tournament. I was proud of our guys, the way we came out to start that second half, we had three or four shots in a row. Larry Drew's layup there late in the game was huge. I thought Shabazz was great today. Shabazz is the player of the year in the conference. This win hopefully hammers that home. He was phenomenal. I thought the team did well and everyone contributed. To win it the way we did is very gratifying.

On the conference tournament:
We've got to go into that conference tournament and try to win it and that's our goal. We're the No. 1 seed, we won the regular season, now we have to win the conference tournament. And we know how hard it is going to be. This league is really good, and I think with what Larry Scott has done, the perception of our conference is so much better now, playing on ESPN, so we're on TV all the time as a conference and that's been such a huge thing for the conference.

Fr., Jordan Adams
You guys close so strong, was there something you were doing different down the stretch?
We told ourselves 'we didn't care about offense'. We had to worry about stopping them from scoring. They were at their home court, we just wanted to get stops

It seems like Shabazz capitalizes down the stretch
He helped us a lot. His second motor kicked in and he started scoring when no one else was scoring so that really helped us.

Not only his scoring, but he seemed to make some key plays like some offensive rebound off his own miss, that seemed to get you guys going
Yeah he is beast on the offensive glass. That was huge when he went and got his own rebound

Jr., Travis Wear
How much better does it feel having been scrutinized all year long?
It feels awesome to get a pac-12 championship. That was our main goal at the beginning of the season. We fought through some adversity during the season and to end it this environment and come into Washington and get the win, which we haven't done in so long.

How big of a difference does it feel today compared to Wednesday? Has that low completely faded away?
Looking back we would have loved to win that game and gotten ourselves and even higher seed going into the March tournament. To come out and get a pac-12 championship after bouncing back from the game at Washington State we couldn't' ask for anything more.

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