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March 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

USC postgame quotes after UW’s win

Here’s postgame comments from the USC Trojans after Washington’s 65-57 win Wednesday.

COACH BOB CANTU:

(On the game) “The biggest thing was we got out-rebounded 48-29. There were a lot of long rebounds and they did a great job getting the basketball, which gave them extra possession. We held them at 36% from the field, but we weren’t able to get stops at the right time and they were able to open up the game, which I thought was a big part. I thought we played well, but to win on the road and to win at Washington you have to play a lot better.”

(Preparing for Washington State) “They’re a different type of team than Washington. They run great offense. We have two days here, so we have to regroup, watch film and see things that we need to work on individually and then put together our game plan for WSU on Saturday. I told our guys that look, we got one game left and then we go to Vegas [for the Pac-12 tournament]. In our situation and what our record is, we got to be able to take advantage of going to Vegas and see what we can do. We got one more opportunity to work on our stuff until that gets started.”

JIO FONTAN

(On deciding to play) “We’ve been on the road and I didn’t want to not be a part of the outcome tonight. I put myself out there and tried to do the best I could. In the second half they caught on to me not having the right hand.”

(On Dewayne Dedmon’s game) “He had a good game today, one of his biggest games. When we got to the rim, he did a good job of getting offensive rebounds and putting them back in.”

(On whether this game is a step back) “It’s more like a wake up call. We just have to do a better job of taking care of business early. We had them at a distance early in the game. We felt comfortable and let them off the hook.”

(On UW’s free throws) “At the seven minute mark the fouls were eight to two. We have to do a better job of making the fouls more obvious in the paint. But it seemed like when they got to the free throw line they were knocking them down every time.”

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