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November 29, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 80-70 win: ‘All-around great effort’

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar reacts in the first half of the Huskies' 80-70 win Friday. (Photo credit: Alex Gallardo - AP)

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar reacts in the first half of the Huskies’ 80-70 win Friday. (Photo credit: Alex Gallardo – AP)

Here’s quotes from Washington after its 80-70 win over Long Beach State.

Coach Lorenzo Romar:

“Obviously a very hard fought game by both teams. There were momentum swings throughout the game. I give Long Beach State a lot of credit for really going after it. Mike Caffey is a heck of a player. You can tell everyone on that team understands their roles and how they want to play and win basketball games. But I give our guys a lot of credit, that we stuck together and we could’ve folded when we were down by nine in the second half. Our guys were really resilient, and did a good job staying together in the second half. Robert Upshaw really helped us on the defensive end, especially when we went to the zone and he protected the rim. Andrew (Andrews) came up big down the stretch with two big threes. Nigel Williams-Goss did a great job of getting guys the basketball with 12 assists. It was just an all-around great team effort that we got done against a very good Long Beach State team.”

(On Nigel Goss-Williams overall contributions) “He was very aggressive not just with shooting but making plays. He did a good job spending time in the lane the entire night. Whether it was shooting the floater or dropping the ball off to other guys. Our guys were knocking shots down tonight. We were hitting from the three point line and they were throwing over the top over to the big men so Nigel was able to get more assists than usual.”

(On the defense over the last five minutes) “Long Beach State gave us problems for a big stretch of time. Down the stretch we were just kind of going with what was working for us. We were switching defenses and our guys did a good job in getting up on their shooters. We were having such a tough time defending Mike Caffey as a team. When they went inside, they scored only once on Robert Upshaw. He did a good job protecting the rim, and the perimeter guys did a good job extending on their shooters.”

(On Robert Upshaw) “We’re hoping he’ll be real big against UTEP on Sunday night. We have a great luxury with him because he’s such a great rim protector. Any game that we go into, whether its UTEP or tonight , or the other games we play, we expect him to be a huge presence in there.”

(On being 5-0 and headed to the Championship game) “It’s awesome for us. Every team came here to win the championship and we have that opportunity. I’m very proud of our team and how we fought to get there. I think we’re very pleased with the outcome but I don’t think we’re content with the game. We’re going to out on Sunday and play to the best of our abilities in the championship game.”

Junior guard Andrew Andrews:

(On his two big threes near the end of the game) “My teammates and my coaches have unbelievable faith in me. Even though I was having a bad shooting night, they know I can shoot the ball. Every time I get the ball, they encourage to keep shooting. I told the coaches during that timeout, the next shot I’m going to make it. And once you make the first one, everything else opens up. I started getting in rhythm and making my shots. It’s easy to do when you have teammates and a coaching staff that are there for you.”

(On guarding Mike Caffey and the Long Beach State guards) “It was extremely difficult because he’s such a quick guard. He sets a lot of ball screens and you have to adjust to it. With any type of great guard, they pick you apart. He’s an extremely good player. Ever since I’ve been at University of Washington, we have been playing Long Beach for the past few seasons, and Caffey is an incredible player.”

 

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