Here are some leftovers from the Pitt game.
— First, Justin Dentmon on the final play.
“I just saw three sconds on the clock and felt like I could get off a shot by taking it the length of the floor and getting a good shot. … I already had my mind made up that I was just going to take it.”
“I thought I got it off in time.All I heard was ‘Appleby, Appleby, Appleby’ and I just shot and the buzzer went off and everything went silent when I shot it. I don’t know if I got it off or not. It just looked confused I didn know what happened and then I saw my teammates coming on the court.”
“I trying to get a layup. In those situations I’ve always been trained, been taught, that what you do is just try to get a layup easy or draw a foul.”
On the shot getting overuled: “It’s real hard. It’s like someone is stepping on your chest. You figured that you did something good and you are happy, then they take it away and it is like everything went bad.”
— UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he thinks the team will get a lot out of the game, even though it was a loss.
“We won a game by 14 points a couple of weeks ago and our guys knew we didn’t play well. I think our guys saw that even thoough it wasn’t a win that what we talked about in practice, we went out and carried it out in the game.”
Romar said that even though it might have seemed like a tough week from the outside, with the big loss at OSU and the transfer of Adrian Oliver, that the team’s morale was good all week.
“Guys came in the right attitude from day one and worked.”
Here’s a bit more from Romar:
Overall: “The Pitt team was a very good basketball team. Their guard, Levance Fields, did a good job controlling his team. He made a couple of big shots. In the first half, they out-scrapped us, but in the second half we came back and scrapped a little harder. We don’t have a win to show it but we pulled ourselves together. As a team, we made progress. I know winning is what it’s all about but also you’re making progress to put yourself in a position to win on a consistent basis. That’s what we’re looking for. It is great to have Ryan Appleby back with us.”
On the final play: “My thoughts were, as he continued to dribble, if he could possibly get there in time. I knew it would be difficult, when he saw a little daylight at half-court as he split the defenders I thought maybe he could get to the lane and make the play. When he eventually shot the ball, I thought it was going to be really close. When they reviewed on the monitor, the ball was in his hand when the red light came on. I thought our guys were hanging in there all the way to the end of this game. If we can continue to put forth an effort like that, we will eventually become a consistently good basketball team.”
Romar also praised the play of Artem Wallace, who had six points in 16 minutes in his most extensive action of the season:
“They were beating us on the boards and when we went small we weren’t doing very well. We needed someone who could make a physical presence in this game. It was an alley fight and Artem can get physical. I thought he did a nice job.”
Romar also talked about Quincy Pondexter, who didn’t start for the first time all season and had an erratic game, with just two points until the final three minutes: “He settled down a bit. He rebounded for us, he made some great plays…Today, Quincy played 25 minutes. He’s been averaging 24 minutes. If he’d played 6 minutes, that would’ve been a message. He played, he just didn’t start.”
— And this from Ryan Appleby
On returning to play: “It felt good to be out there against a great team like Pittsburgh. On our home floor with the great crowd like we have every home game. It was fun. I’ve waited five weeks to get out there again and get a chance to play. There’s no better feeling than that. It would’ve been great if we’d gotten the win though.”
On his health: “My thumb’s not bad. It’s not a hundred percent yet. But I tried to get through a little bit of it, what I have left. I’m trying to get my legs back from sitting out those five weeks. I did a bunch of conditioning and running but it’s just not the same as playing up and down the floor and cutting and backpedaling and jumping and all of those things. I got tired for a little while there in the second half but I just kept plugging away.
On the wait before the last shot was called off: “It was a bunch of mixed emotions. In my head I was saying, `We won this game, we pulled it out. We didn’t play really great but we made some strides and won the game.’ But then I said, `Uh oh, what if we didn’t win this game? It’s going to be a tough loss.’ I was going up and down both ways, even though I thought I was sure that the ball had gone in and the ball had left his hand before the clock went off.”
— And here is some of what Pittsburgh Head Coach Jamie Dixon had to say:
“You can’t get a better game than that and to win it like we did, how we gathered ourselves up for the second half and played efficiently as a team in a lot of ways. We know how hard it is to win here, I know the winning streak is 30-something straight wins. …
“It’s good to see our guys come together and when things got tough and they kept making tough shots, we made plays too. I thought we grew up a lot today, a young group grew up a lot today.”
On the wait for the review: “I’ve never been in (that situation) and I hope to never be in it again to be honest. It was about an hour and a half standing and waiting on the sideline there. The players kept coming over and saying that it wasn’t good. Then we saw some people at the table saying it wasn’t good. During that time we kind of had an inkling. I guess it was good TV — that’s what we’re here for.”
Here are some leftovers from the Pitt game.
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