Here’s postgame quotes from Washington State following Washington’s 72-68 victory.
WSU COACH KEN BONE:
(Opening statement) “The kids played hard, but we made mistakes, on the offensive end especially. At the end of the game they were critical mistakes that gave Washington the opportunity to have more possessions than we had, and that makes it difficult to win ball games.
(On turnovers) “We did a pretty good job on the glass against a team that has been rebounding very well, most of it was just taking care of the ball. It was frustrating because usually we take care of the ball better than that. If that was how we played all the time, we would just say that’s who we are, but we don’t average 18 turnovers per game.”
(On Washington’s defense) “I think Washington did a good job defensively, pressuring the ball and denying. But we didn’t adjust. I think the fatigue factor might have set in. It just looked like sometimes we lacked the energy to really get open.”
(On fast start both halves) “I thought our guys did some good things. There was some very good minutes of basketball that our guys played. But at the end of the day we didn’t take care of business down the stretch, Washington made plays, and we didn’t.”
(On turnover on late inbounds pass) “There were a couple of different options. The first was to Brock, second to Royce. Washington defended it pretty well and took away those options and the five seconds went quickly. Before you know it, he had to throw the ball in.”
(On Brock Motum’s game) “They did a good job on him, but he did a good job too. I think Brock did a nice job of maintaining his composure and letting the game come to him. At the same time, after 40 minutes he scored 18 points for us. Our guys did a good job of getting him the ball in certain situations.”
(On defensive performance) “I thought we had some great possessions. They scored seven points off shot fakes where we went for the block shot, they made a nice little shot fake, one bounce, and pull-up. Those hurt you after playing good defense for 30 seconds.”
(On playing through losing streak) “It’s hard to lose a game, then lose the next game and lose the next game. But I think our team is handling it well, all things considered. They’re not excited or giddy about it. They’ll be back at practice tomorrow, they’ll work hard, and we’ll go out Wednesday and play hard in the game. They’re doing the best they can.”
(Can you sum up the frustration, especially with the turnovers?) “We’re definitely frustrated. We came out and we played well at the beginning. If you take some of the turnovers away I feel like it would have been a lot different of a game. We have to keep our heads up. We have two more games next week, and then we have the Pac-12 Tournament. So we’re going to go home, work on eliminating so many turnovers and just keep working.”
(On close losses) “We’re not getting blown out, that’s what I always say. And we’re just going to keep our heads up and stay confident because every game is close, so if we tweak a couple of different things, those four-point losses can turn into four-point wins. So we’re just going to keep our heads up and keep grinding because we feel we can still turn this season around. It hurts to lose, especially all these in a row, but we’re not going to keep our heads down. We know we can play with anybody so we’re going to keep working.”
(On turnovers) “We had a lot of turnovers today, unfortunate errors and mental mistakes. We need to work on being more mentally strong, and I take a lot of responsibility for that type of stuff because I am the point guard so definitely going to go home and get my head right and make sure that does not happen again.”
(On turnovers) “I mean, you can’t say it was Washington because we play against the pressure in practice. A lot of them were unforced, so I think it was a lack of focus and not knowing what to do. On the last turnover I didn’t have a timeout and I was trying to get it in, so it was hard with them coming. They cut off Brock (Motum) then we had another option, then one more option and they were switching and it was hard to get through it all. It was rough but there are no excuses.”
(On shooting) “We shot pretty well today. We’re a good shooting team. We came out hot and stayed hot for the most part, but Washington was just hotter down the stretch. They hit some big shots, (Scott) Suggs, Abdul (Gaddy) and (CJ) Wilcox. Those three carried them down the stretch.”