Here’s video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 96-92 win over Arizona State snapped the Huskies’ four-game losing streak.
(Opening statement) “Haven’t had one of those for a while in here. A lot of points were scored. They hit some shots tonight. They really scored the ball well obviously. We tried not to over-hype Jahii Carson because he’s an opponent, but he’s an awfully good freshman. He had a great game and kept them in the game tonight—him and (Jonathan) Gilling—with the shots that they made. Arizona State was just very typical of a Herb Sendek coached team. They just never quit. I remember his first year they were 0-13 and those guys went out and played like they were playing for the championship. That’s just how his teams play. On our end, our young players did a heck of a job. Shawn Kemp…wow. He played obviously his best game as a Husky. So did Andrew Andrews, those guys were really good. C.J. wasn’t able to knock his shot down, and in absence of his ball going in, those other guys stepped up and did a great job offensively. People will walk away talking about that, but the big man in the middle was huge tonight in more ways than one. The last play, the block, the free throws—he was 7 of 8. He just did a tremendous job. I’m so glad we have him. 21 of 22 from the foul line made a big difference.”
(On Shawn Kemp’s performance) “I’ve constantly said that Shawn Kemp as a low-post scorer was a really good option for us. He had 12 points against Arizona, and he comes back with 18 again tonight. Those are the things we envisioned Shawn Kemp doing. Now, he probably has a little more confidence, so hopefully he can come out and play a little closer to that level all the time.”
(On playing up-tempo) “Our plan every game is to run. We play a lot of teams that play deliberate basketball. I watched Oregon today—I know they run and push the ball—it was 51-54 on the road against Cal. Cal plays a lot more deliberate. Arizona State tries to push it, so we were two teams that want to push the ball, and that was the result. I think we have to do a better job defensively against a team that wants to push it like that. That’s how we practice, that’s how we play, that’s what we talk about all the time. Teams do a good job at getting back on us, and defensively if we can’t impose our will and create turnovers, we don’t get in transition as much.”
(On the win) “I’m ecstatic that we won, but I’m going to go against the grain of how I usually am—glass half-full. If we’re not going to defend better, we can’t expect to come out on top. I’ll take it. If we’d have held them to 20% and lost, it would have been worse, so we’ll take it for sure, but we just have to do a better job on the defensive end, like we were doing earlier, like we did against Arizona. We did a better job defensively against Arizona.”
(On defending Jaheed Carson) “Suggs probably did the best job on him. It was like their game against WSU. First half, pretty good, second half I think he scored 21 points or something like that. Tonight he scored 22 in the second half. He is a very poised freshman, doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”
(On 5-second call at end of the game) “We failed to throw to the open recievers. Sometimes we get a little too smart for our own good, trying to make that home run pass and passing up the easy ones that are there.”
(On defending last play of game) “We wanted to make sure we kept Carson in front and that Aziz was in position if he drove to defend the on-ball screen. We wanted to make sure we went over the top of the on-ball screen, because if we went under, he could have hit the jumper.”