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February 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

When to storm the court and when to pop your jersey

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Photo credit: AP Photo -Dean Hare
The Huskies didn’t linger on the court for a long time following Sunday’s 87-80 defeat at Washington State, but they stuck around long enough to watch the Cougar fans stream from the stands, flood the floor and party at midcourt.
Here’s Washington’s take on the post-game celebration.
UW junior forward Darnell Gant:
(What upset you about the WSU game?)
“What really stuck with me were the things that they were doing after the game. I guess you could take that as personal problems. But other than that, the game itself, we were just disappointed that we let that one slip. The only thing that bothered me the most was the things they did afterward. The crowd storming the court and stuff like that.”
(Why did that bother you?) “I feel like it’s early. That game doesn’t mean that you’re going to the NCAA tournament. I just felt like it was a rivalry game. Maybe if you flap your jersey or whatever. Okay that’s doable. But to do all that, I had a personal problem with that.”
UW junior Isaiah Thomas:
(Did you have a problem with WSU fans running on the floor after the game?)
“It’s January. We haven’t done it. I guess it was a big win for them. Like I said, hats off to them. They played a great game, but I told my guys in the locker room just remember that. That’s something to remember because you don’t win championships in January. But they thought it was a big win and it was for them. It’s a rival game. You can’t blame them, but I think we would have did it real differently.”
(Is it a form of flattery that opposing crowds storm the court after beating UW. I don’t think they would have did that for Oregon State.) “It’s just knowing that every game, teams are going to bring their A-game. They’re trying to beat us. We got a target on our backs and we got to go into games knowing that when they beat us it’s like one of their biggest games of the season. And Washington State felt that way.”

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