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February 23, 2010 at 12:29 PM

WSU coach Ken Bone on UW rematch: “We need to play better both halves”

During the Pac-10 teleconference this morning, Washington State coach Ken Bone talked about Saturday’s rematch against Washington, stressing the importance of playing a complete game.
In their first meeting, the Cougars led 40-36 at halftime before being outscored 56-24 in the second half. Washington won 92-64.
The Cougars have built double-digit leads in eight games and they’ve lost four of those contests.
(What do you need to do in the Husky rematch?) “We need to play better both halves. We played pretty well over there in Seattle in the first half. I felt like the second half we were pretty poor on both ends of the court. We are practicing this week and hoping that we can go out and perform closer to 40 minutes rather than 20.”

(Abe Lodwick played the best game of his career Saturday. What was the key?)
“He got confidence early by making a couple of shots and he kind of fed off that confidence. Played with a lot of energy and did a nice job.”

(What did you think about having your big brother Len at the UW game?)
“I was so wrapped into what was going on on the floor. I knew he was there because I saw him right before the game. The one thing is basketball has pretty much been our lives. Our dad coached basketball for a number of years and we grew up sitting right behind the bench watching his teams play. My dad was right behind our bench, first row. I think my brother and his wife were a couple of rows behind our bench.
“That’s just the way it’s been. Our family for a number of years our conversations have been about the game of basketball one way or another, right or wrong. It was kind of nice to have them both right there at least in the first half. The second half, I wished they would have been home.”

(What are you most proudest about Len’s career at Snohomish?)
[Len Bone is the head boy’s coach at Snohomish] “The fact that he’s not only had success, winning some ball games here and there, but that he’s done things the right way. He’s been fair with kids. He’s truly a teacher, not just in basketball in trying to educate guys on how to become better rebounders or execute the pick n’ roll, but he really enjoys his profession of being an educator and teaching in the classroom. He’s always working with kids. It’s not like basketball is the highest priority. It’s more hoping to influence kids and be a good role model for them off the court as well as on the court.”

(James Watson seemed as if he was really fired up to play Saturday.)
“He really did a great job. He brought a lot of emotion and energy to the floor, which we desperately needed. Especially on the heels of playing that UCLA game on Thursday.”
(Who gets extra minutes against UW?) “Abe Lodwick didn’t get in the game Thursday and he started on Saturday. I would assume he’ll play some quality minutes. James Watson I think will be in there. I’d be surprised if Michael Harthun doesn’t get in the game. And he did not play last Saturday.”
(How is Charlie Enquist?) “He’s doing better. In fact he’s going to be in the gym getting a little workout with the trainers here in about an hour. He’s a question mark for this weekend.”

(Is it important to win the so-called Northwest championship?)
“I haven’t really given that a lot of thought. I do think it makes the fans happy. Right now in our situation being 6-9 in league and in ninth place doesn’t set too well. So we are just concerned at this time taking one game at a time and hoping that we perform well against Washington and then move on to the Oregon schools.”
(Is it important to win these games for recruiting) “It wouldn’t hurt that’s for sure. Any time you can perform well in areas where you’re recruiting, it only can help. It would be nice to be able to play well here the next couple of weeks and compete well against the Oregon schools and Washington.”
(Is it important to finish above eighth place to avoid the No. 8-9 game in the Pac-10 Tournament?) “No doubt about it. There’s no doubt it’s harder to win four games in a row than it is three.”
(Do you talk about that with the team?) “I hate to keep going back to last weekend, but it’s a Jekyll and Hyde situation to where we played about as bad as we can play Thursday night against UCLA. We didn’t execute well. We didn’t play hard. Then we turn around and beat a very good USC team less than 48 hours later. I think a lot of the reason why were able to beat them is because we played with a lot of energy and effort. Right now that’s my bigger issue. Getting our guys to go out and play hard, which will just give us a chance to compete and win.”
(Is that a function of youth?) “I think it’s the youth. I don’t really have a definite answer on that because our kids get along well. I look at that right away. Are we getting along? Is the kids and the staff get along? And that’s been great. We got a great group of kids. At this time I just chalk it up to the youth where we’ve at times been very inconsistent.”

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