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Here’s post-game comments from Washington coach Lorenzo Romar following Washington’s 75-62 win over Cal Poly.
“I was very pleased with our guys’ effort tonight. I thought with the exception of the last three minutes where the game was out of reach, I think our guys put out the best defensive effort of the year in terms of our concentration and focus. Executing our defensive game plan, I thought our guys did a really good job. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a team that makes the game slower and they are very deliberate. If you’re impatient, you don’t guard several positions or you’re not able to get up and down on possessions they can wear you down mentally. I thought our guys did a great job of not allowing that to happen. And we stayed with their shooters. We were very concerned with their three-point shooters, guys did a good job of contesting their shots and we were eventually able to pull away.”
On having a full roster available
“It helps. Andrew (Andrews) came in and although he’s limping a little bit and not 100%, he came in and gave us a lift. He did some good things for us. We were able to rotate guys a little more; I thought our guys were able to stay relatively fresh. There are some teams that sit back half court and not pressure you at all, sometimes a team can go out like that with five guys, but the way we want to play makes it a little bit difficult when you don’t have the reserves and give guys breathers. We had that tonight and I think it gave our guys a little bit of a breather. Doesn’t mean that will happen every game.”
Did you see what it could like rotation wise, defensively a little bit more from this game?
“You could see just some good things. We take the Seattle U game, the first 12 minutes of Jackson State and now this game, now there is a pattern going the other way. It’s a positive way. I think this makes us head in the right direction. Are we there yet? No. But what we did, the way we went about our business is more like what we would want from our team.”
On C.J. Wilcox
“He was all over the place. Five rebounds in the first half is what he did. CJ was pretty patient. There weren’t a whole lot of possessions, I think they were on pace for 30 possessions in the first half but yet he comes out with 10 points in the first half after all of that. He did a good job of not allowing the system to get him out of the game. He was very focused and into the game. He was able to do other things.”
On Aziz N’Diaye
“He was very aggressive once he recognized that they were double-teaming him off the dribble he was a little more effective. Also, our guys got him the ball in certain positions when he could score before the other team came. But he was very active and almost got another double-double.”