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December 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Video: Post-game comments after NIU win

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Here’s post-game comments from Washington players following their 67-57 win over Northern Illinois.


How do you feel about your teams performance tonight?

“We got it done, we got the win. We played alright. We know we have to get better at some things, but we are making progress.”

With the small crowd tonight because of the football game, was it hard to get going?

“No, we don’t play off the crowd. It would have been great if we had a big crowd. We knew we had to dial in. The main thing we had to focus on is not looking ahead to Christmas break. We knew we wanted to come out and play 40 minutes hard. Just go out there and get the win. No lack of a sense of urgency.”

Did they do anything in particular in the second half to get back into the game?

“No I think it was more us. We got lackadaisical at times. We went a little low where we weren’t getting offensive rebounds, we didn’t know where our man was at, they hit a couple threes. Stuff on our part.”


Is this team ready to play UConn?

“Whoever we play, we’ve played Ohio State so we have seen the better teams in the country. As long as we are dialed in I feel like we can hang with anybody.”


Difference between Last game and Tonight

“Well our guys definitely responded from the Wednesday night game.  We guarded tonight. You have to give Washington credit, because they have size and length, but we definitely checked a lot better.  That is why you see a lower shooting percentage by Washington, but his is a good Washington ball club.”

On Controlling the pace:

“Well we made some late threes and we kept playing.  The play right before halftime Washington was up eight and they hit a corner three to go up eleven going into the break. That would have been great to go into halftime down single digits.  Unfortunately we didn’t have much of an answer for Wilcox or N’Diaye inside.”

On Abdel Nader and the teams’ offensive rebounding

“There were some loose balls here and there that we had an opportunity to get, but we just couldn’t come up with them.  They were just a little quicker getting to some of those loose balls.  For Abdel Nader to not practice for two days and come out here gut it out and get 18 points was big.  He kept us in the ball game, and he got some other guys in it.  This was a successful trip, even though we came out 0-2, we definitely got better as a team. We did some team building things and we went out and saw the sights together.  It is just unfortunate we ran into a better team.”

On Washington’s free throws

“It seems like they are usually shooting 70% from the line, but against us they are shooting 90%. If they could have been more like Syracuse today and shot 17-32 from the line, then we might have had a chance, but they got there and made them. I wish we had gotten there a little more, because we shot pretty well and we did some good things.  They just had more weapons than us, and they had more guys who have been there and done it.”

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