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December 27, 2009 at 5:55 PM

San Francisco post-game quotes

Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Elaine Thompson
Nice shot (above) of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who had his best game in six weeks. In fact, Washington’s big men, especially Quincy Pondexter, were the stars in the Huskies 86-71 win over San Francisco.
No post-game analysis today because we wrapped things up in our Live Chat following the game. But wanted to pass along a link to our game story and include few notes and quotes.
— Pondexter moved into 16th place on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,332 points. He started the game 20th and passed George Irvine, Mark Sanford, Clarence Ramsey and assistant Paul Fortier. Pondexter is four points behind No. 15 Bruno Boin.
Tyreese Breshers matched his career high with 12 points. He also had a career-high four blocks.
— For the first time in his career, Venoy Overton has scored in double figures in three straight games, which coincides with his move to the bench. Today he had 10 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals and just one turnover.
— Bryan-Amaning finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. He’s got six steals in the past two games. Bryan-Amaning also moved into seventh place on UW’s all-time blcok list with 67.
Isaiah Thomas finished with just four points, but he had six assists. It’s the first time in his career he’s had at least five assists in three consecutive games.
— UW committed a season low seven turnovers. The Huskies didn’t have fewer than nine TOs in any game last season.


Coach Lorenzo Romar:
(Opening Statement:)
“Biggest concern I had coming into the game was after a two day break. Practicing at 6:00 o’clock last night and coming back for a 12:00 o’clock game. The second half I thought that, for whatever reason we were moving in slow motion. What really hurt us was the offensive rebounding by San Francisco. They scored I think 17 points in the paint all on second chance shots. 16 offensive rebounds, that is too many. We had struggled with that as of late, giving up too many offensive rebounds. Tonight was no different. We have to do a much better job. On the positive side, seven turnovers on 19 assists and 34 baskets. I thought we did a very good job at sharing the basketball and moving the basketball. I was very very pleased with that. I thought some guys gave us some energy in the second half when San Francisco cut our lead down. Venoy Overton I thought was a catalyst in that regard. He seemed to be everywhere, stealing the basketball. Getting deflections, and playing with a lot of energy.”
(What’s going on with Isaiah Thomas?) “For whatever reason in the last few games Isaiah really hasn’t been knocking his shot down. If he had been shooting 50% these last three games, he would have been phenomenal because he is distributing the basketball. He’s making great decisions and he had seven rebounds last game. We know he can score, so if he can continue to do these things and now his shot starts to go down, we got one heck of a basketball player that we already know we have. A pretty well-rounded guard.”

(Is Venoy Overton suited to coming off the bench?)
“I don’t know if I’m ready to just say that’s his role. I think he had some good games as a starter as well. He certainly has done well coming off the bench in the last games. As I explained to Venoy and have always stated, he just does not get his name called in the introductions. We still consider Venoy a starter.”

(Is Thomas struggling?)
“He kind of internalizes things in that regard. He’s been a scorer all his life. He’s not scoring as many points, I know that. But he hasn’t put that in front of his team. He comes to practice and he’s not whining. He’s not down. He just comes out. As we have seen the last few games he’s found other ways to help this team. That is a mark of a very good basketball player.”
(What was it like inside the locker room?)
“I think as a team, and the coaches, we were really disappointed by our lack of concentration. We really wanted to play a lot better than we did tonight. Going into the Pac-10, you want to build up some momentum. We felt that we were doing a good job until today’s game. In the second half we didn’t play as focused and we made a lot of mistakes that we shouldn’t have. It was a little bit of slippage, but we have to get back to practice and to work and build on what we had going before Christmas.”
(Did playing after the Christmas break hurt concentration?) “I definitely think so. At this time of year, you’ve just celebrated a good holiday in Christmas with your family and you have another game. We’re really looking forward to the start of the Pac-10 schedule. I think for a lot of the guys, we might not have been as focused. It was an early game on a Sunday. Maybe our minds were somewhere else. Now, we have to do a better job of that because now its money time. Now, if you lose, it’s an upset in the Pac-10 because people think that we are going to do a great job this year. We have to [approach] the games a little bit more maturely than we did today.”

(Is Thomas becoming more of a pass-first guard?)
“I don’t think he’s a player that necessarily needs to pass the ball. It will come to him. He needs to score for this team. We all need him to score. We’re going to do a better job of finding ways to get him the ball and easier baskets because we need his production on the offensive end. It’s great that he’s passing and getting assists but when he’s doing both passing and getting assists and rebounds it just makes the team that much better.”
USF Assistant Coach Jeff Linder
(What are your thoughts on the game?)
“They’re the 19th ranked team in the country and they showed that, and they showed that. They put a lot of pressure on us to make plays. They’ve got very, very good athletes one through five, and they apply that pressure all game long, and our guys did a good of handling that pressure in spurts. When we did handle the pressure we stayed close, but when that pressure led to turnovers by us, which led to two or three points in transition on the other end–that was our main thing coming in was taking care of the ball, because we knew if we didn’t take care of the ball it would lead to two or three points on the other end, because they’re so good in transition.”
(What about Pondexter?) “Pondexter is a great player. He’s a guy that we said we wanted to keep him off the boards, a guy that we said we just wanted to face-guard and block out…he’s just a hard matchup.”

(What was the game plan?)
“Our game plan was to not let [Isaiah Thomas] and Pondexter beat us. Pondexter did a great job, we held our own on Thomas, but unfortunately a guy that probably gets lost in the mix sometimes for Washington is Overton. He’s a guy that might just be the best on-ball defender in the country. During that stretch when we cut it to four in the second half, it was his defense that led to those points on the other end. Of those four turnovers, I think he had two or three steals, or got a hand on a ball, and it’s plays like that’s the reason why they’re the 19th ranked team in the country. When a guy like Thomas has an off night, other guys step up.”



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