Here’s video (above) of the postgame interview with coach Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 65-57 win over USC.
(Opening statement) “Well, I thought that was a good team win. That’s an explosive offensive basketball team and I thought we did a pretty good job of being physical and defending them. Dewayne Dedmon is a heck of a basketball player, he’s really good. Aside from that, I thought we did a pretty good job. We were patient offensively, we had five unforced turnovers early and with the exception of a couple bad ones later I thought we took care of the ball. We had only 12 turnovers. Scott Suggs had his third consecutive really good basketball game, but obviously Jernard Jerreau came out and didn’t play like a freshman. Him and Andrew Andrews, Andrews didn’t have quite the scoring game but he did have eight rebounds, five offensive. They gave us great minutes off the bench today.”
(On Jarreau) “I am very happy with his decision making. The reason Jernard was starting early in the year is because he’s so versatile. He can make plays. I said that earlier in the week, he’s a playmaker. As the game went on, Shawn Kemp did a pretty good job against Eric Wise who’s a load to deal with. But Jernard probably did the best job of defending Eric so his length was there to help us. Jernard, he made shots, you have to guard him, he drove to the basket. He’ll get us to the bonus. He just did a lot of good things.”
(On Jernard’s aggressiveness tonight) “It’s the most aggressive I’ve seen him with a purpose. Earlier in the year he would go, but wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do. This particular game he went with a purpose. And just about every time he drove with contact and went to the foul line a lot.”
(On the free throws) “We started out 0-5 I believe. Shawn hit the first one and barely went in then Jernard went to the line after that. Then CJ, then Abdul, and we began to knock them down.”
(On boards) “I just think we played with energy. A lot of good things happen as a byproduct of the foundation of playing with energy. You go out and play with energy and all of a sudden you get the loose balls, you get the rebounds. You’re just more dialed in and that may have been the case for us.”
(On the bench) “Twenty-three points off the bench. That’s pretty good. Like I said, it was a really good team victory.”