Here’s post-game quotes from Colorado coach Tad Boyle after Washington’s 71-54 win over the 15th-ranked Buffaloes.
(On condition of Spencer Dinwiddie) “We’ll find out. I don’t have any prognosis right now. It definitely didn’t feel right. Right now I don’t know. My gut is not good, but we’ll see. If he’s out he’s out, but I just feel so bad for the kid because he’s worked so hard but we’ll just have to wait and see. We obviously missed him in the second half. He means a lot to our team. If he is out, we’re going to have to figure some things out and learn how to overcome. It was a blow, there’s no doubt about that.”
(On team’s reaction to injury) “It was hard on them, there’s no question. Emotion is a big part of this game at this level. So we’ll find out where he’s at, but I think it was definitely an emotional blow to our team in the second half. We finished the first half well. We must have been running on fumes or something. But in the second half we shot ourselves in the foot. When you turn the ball over 20 times against a good team and only have six assists, it’s a recipe for disaster. They shoot 66% in the second half, they got going, they have good shooters – they’re a good team. They have good players who are playing well right now. They beat us like a drum.”
(On Askia Booker having a tough game) “I think when Spencer [Dinwiddie] went down, he really started forcing things and he’s not good when he forces things. We didn’t show patience, we didn’t show composure, and we didn’t show poise on the offensive end – that’s how you turn the ball over 20 times. You shoot 35% because you take bad shots. We did a really poor job on offense in the second half.”
(On Wesley Gordon’s solid game) “Wesley was active. Our goal was to outrebound them, and plus six was our goal – we got them plus eight. In the first half we were plus eight and in the second it was kind of a stalemate. But they didn’t miss many shots in the second half – there weren’t many rebounds to be had. I thought we battled on the boards, which is something that you have to do against Washington. But we didn’t play very smart. We came off a couple shooters, and you can’t lose Wilcox like we did a couple times in the second half. He’s a good player. They got a couple transition buckets, they got the crowd into it. It just wasn’t a good performance for us in the last 20 minutes.”
(On Wilcox’s game) “Every time he shoots it, you think it’s going in. He’s got such a good stroke and release, he gets it off quickly, he has great size. They run good stuff for him. Hopefully our guys can learn from him – a guy who works off the ball like that. He’s pretty special.”
(On how Dinwiddie’s absence hurt defensively) “Spencer is our best perimeter defender and he has great size. We tried Jaron [Hopkins] on him and he did a decent job, he just lost him a couple times. Askia [Booker] is a good perimeter defender as well, but they like to post him up, so that’s something we have to be concerned about when he is guarding a perimeter player with size. Credit goes to Wilcox, he’s a great player.”