February 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Desmond Simmons: “We didn’t play with intensity”
Here’s video (above) of post-game comments from sophomore forward Desmond Simmons after Washington’s 70-52 defeat at Arizona.
(General game thoughts) “Our transitions on defense were not organized; we let the second half of the game turn into a layup line for them – they were making layup after layup. Our defense intention was not urgent enough on the court, and I feel like 80% of defense is that intensity and that desire to defend. We fell flat and in the first four minutes of the second half they went up and kept going up and we didn’t defend.”
(On coach Lorenzo Romar’s criticism of a moment of not playing with pride) “That is a hard criticism to swallow. I think we play with pride and I know all of us are passionate about basketball. We didn’t play with intensity and like it mattered in the second half, but I know this matters to us – we just have to perform that way.”
(On moving forward) “We need to come out hungry. We just got knocked down bad, but we need to get back up. We can’t have a pity party; this was embarrassing but we can’t point fingers. We need to keep our heads up and be men about it and take our frustration out on Arizona State this weekend.”