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January 3, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Official UW-WSU post-game quotes

Here are some of the official post-game quotes on today’s game as prepared by the WSU sports infomation department:
WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett
On WSU’s lapses: “Whether it’s at the end of the game or the start of the second half, when those bad stretches come, it’s kind of like when it rains it pours. A lot of things go wrong, it isn’t just a quick shot or a missed shot or a turnover, offensive rebounds. That’s tough that we’re not capable of sometimes withstanding those kinds of runs when teams put them against us. That’s hard. That was frustrating.”
“With our style, we have to be real sound, we can’t have big lapses. Certainly you’re going to have a few turnovers or a lapse here or there, but when they add up, that’s hard for us to claw back.”
On Washington’s shooting: “A couple of times we were in there and guys just lost them, they shook free and got rhythm 3’s. They did shoot 6-for-11 from 3, which is a credit to them. But, you know, whether it was losing guys, rhythm shots, offensive rebounds, not getting back. Again, those things start to add up and it hurts. In the first half and the last part of the second half, we lost track of our guys, they just were working so hard to keep it out of the lane, the next thing you know, the guy’s spotting up and we’re too far removed from them.”
WSU Senior Taylor Rochestie
On the loss: “I think we didn’t do a good job executing. I think some of our shots weren’t going down at certain times.”
On WSU basketball: “I think a lot of what Washington State basketball is all about is getting motivated and pumped up on the defensive end and when you’re not getting stops and you’re a defensive team, I think that plays a role offensively. I think when we’re getting gritty and bearing down and getting stops defensively it fires up our offense and we start breaking teams down. But when teams are coming down and they’re scoring and they get revved up it gives them a chance to play better defense. We’ve got to finish, we’ve got to find a way to win the down the stretch.”
WSU Senior Caleb Forrest
On Washington’s defense: “I think that we did struggle with it, but it’s something we practiced against all week at practice and we just couldn’t finish. We had a lot of decent shots and stuff that way, but what it comes down to is we’ve just been letting games slip away at the end. We’ve got to find a way to fix that.”
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
On the team effort: “I could not be prouder of our guys, this is the type of effort that we have been talking about since October, we hit big shots played the complete game offensively and defensively.”
On the second half: “Justin Dentmon came out and hit some big shots and some other guys put us on their shoulders.”
On Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas: “Isaiah and Justin pushed the ball a lot and when we didn’t have anything they did not force anything, they dribbled out. Earlier we would have tried to make the homerun play and force the issue and turnovers would come with that.”
Washington Forward Jon Brockman
On the victory over Washington State: “(I have) a lot better feeling then I have ever had before leaving this arena. For the most part just stayed focused and stuck to our game plan and our scouting report and that is a big win to start off conference play.”
On playing team basketball: “We don’t care who has how many points or who shoots, as long as we get the ball and the victory.”
Washington Guard Justin Dentmon
On having 17 points and the lob that sealed the game to Quincy Pondexter: “I just felt it and we made the extra pass and I got open, got my legs under me and knocked down the shot. The lob was just playing basketball, it was nothing that was meant to disrespect anybody, we were just playing basketball.”

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