Here’s a transcript of the post-game quotes from Oregon State coach Craig Robinson after Washington’s 72-62 victory.
(On the game being close) “The game was close. There were too many mistakes. It felt like we were out of sync right from the beginning. There were loose balls, turnovers, and to be quite honest with you at halftime I was surprised we were right there. I mean it was a lot of turnovers and a lot of missed plays. It just felt like we were out of sync and I haven’t had this feeling at all this year.”
(On shooting 24 percent) “I think you have to give them a lot of credit. They stepped up their defense and we didn’t convert on a couple of things and we were trying too hard to make stuff happen without going through our normal strategy.”
(On being away from home for so long) “It’s possible (it’s a factor) and we have to examine that. Right now I think we’re the only team who doesn’t go back and forth. It was a long trip but we are big boys. We have practice every day and so I don’t want to make an excuse that it was because we were away for such a long time. We have to be able to play well all the time in order to win these kinds of things.”
(On Challe Barton) “It seems like we can get into our stuff better than when he is not on the floor but I didn’t feel that today. Today everybody seemed sluggish. I thought Joe played well, I thought he did a great job on Aziz (N’Diaye). But outside of Joe everyone felt out of sorts. I’d have to look at the tape. Last time we didn’t let Wilcox get going until later. He got going right at the first play of the game. You can’t let him do that. That guy’s a pro.”
(On missed opportunity) “The brilliant thing about this season is we are in every game. We can win every game. This is the first time in five years I’ve felt like that. So every loss is a missed opportunity because I felt like we could win. I’m not trying to be overly optimistic but that’s how I feel. Including Kansas, Washington on the road and Cal who’s playing well this season.”