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February 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Video: Tad Boyle after Colorado’s 91-65 win over UW

Here’s video of the final minutes of Colorado coach Tad Boyle’s interview following the Buffaloes’ 91-65 win over Washington.

And here’s some postgame quotes.

(Opening statement) “That was as complete of a performance by our team that we’ve had in a long time. When you defend and you rebound and you shoot the way we did, it’s a recipe for a runaway win. I’m really proud of our guys, they played together—we had 18 assists, it’s been a long time since we’ve had that number, we really shared the ball and played inside out. Great individual performances, and a great team performance.”

(On Xavier Johnson) “I felt like if not his best game as a Buff, then it’s right up there. He was terrific on both ends of the floor. The thing I’m most proud of with Xavier Johnson is his ability to take on a defensive challenge. He did it against [WSU’s] Que Johnson and he did it tonight against CJ Wilcox.”

(On Xavier Johnson’s Improved Play) “We’ve seen consistency. With Spencer [Dinwiddie] going down it’s allowed X to get a little bit more involved on the offense, he’s relished that opportunity and done a great job with it. His consistency and his ability to take on a challenge defensively I think are the two things with Xavier Johnson that I’ve been most pleased with.”

(On Wesley Gordon Not Being Able To Play) “He slipped on the ice; I got a text from the trainer this morning. He slipped on the ice and twisted his ankle, he’s going to be ok but it was severe enough where he wasn’t able to play tonight. Our guys really handled it well emotionally and showed maturity. It was the next man up philosophy. Dustin Thomas, I got confidence in that kid, he’s a tough hombre.”

(On Settling In Without Spencer Dinwiddie) “Absolutely we’ve settled in. We’ve moved on, we certainly miss Spencer [Dinwiddie] still but I think Askia Booker has really taken on that mentality of a facilitator, Xavier Talton has stepped in and given us good minutes, we do need Wesley back because he’s going to be important to us. We’ve made the transition, but now the test for us is to go on the road. We’ve done what we needed to do at home, we’ve won our home stand and now we need to go on the road and get some road wins.”

(On Closing The Game) “We talked, we talked about it and we had good offensive possessions that ended in baskets rather than empty possessions. For the most part we had good offensive possessions, and when you do that down the stretch it has a tendency to break their back and I think we did that tonight.”

(On Jaron Hopkins) “I’m so proud of him, and he took on a defensive challenge tonight with [UW’s C.J.] Wilcox. He played aggressive offensively; he’s going to be a good player for us. We don’t tell him, ‘just because you’re not starting doesn’t mean you’re not playing; you’re a big part of the rotation.’”

(On The Game) “I wish I could say why, we take the same approach whether we’re playing Washington or Washington State at home or UCLA or USC on the road, nothing changes for us but sometimes, those young guys, they can step up and they stepped up tonight.”

(On Askia Booker) “He’s playing with the mentality that we’ve wanted him to play with since he’s gotten here. With Spencer [Dinwiddie] going down he feels like its incumbent upon him to have that role, and the point is I want him to have that role regardless of who he’s playing with. He can get his own shot; he’s got great quickness, athleticism and change of direction, so he can get the ball where he wants to get the ball. That was true before Spencer went out, and it’s true now. Now, it’s just more apparent so I’m really proud of him for playing the way he’s playing.”

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