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November 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Nigel Williams-Goss: ‘Our mindset was to come down here and get three wins’

Here’s quotes following Washington’s 68-65 win over UTEP in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy title game.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, right, holds up the Wooden Legacy trophy as guard Nigel Williams-Goss celebrates after they defeated UTEP in an NCAA college basketball game at the the Wooden Legacy tournament, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Washington won 68-65. (Photo credit: Mark J. Terrill - Associated Press)

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, right, holds up the Wooden Legacy trophy as guard Nigel Williams-Goss celebrates after they defeated UTEP in an NCAA college basketball game at the the Wooden Legacy tournament, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Washington won 68-65. (Photo credit: Mark J. Terrill – Associated Press)

Coach Lorenzo Romar, Washington

(Opening statement) “I’m going to say that UTEP is very predictable. They are going to play hard and they are going to play some good basketball. We talked to our team about how scrappy they would be and they have a team full of junkyard dogs. In the second half I thought they kind of composed their will on us early, and they would come back and eventually get the lead because of how hard they were playing. I give our guys a lot of credit because we really competed today. Guys came up and made plays.  Down the stretch our guards Nigel (Williams-Goss) and Andrew (Andrews) made big plays and managed the game really well. The way UTEP plays is they get you at a frenetic pace, and they make you hurry because they are so aggressive. I thought our guys did a good job maintaining their composure down the stretch and getting shots at the rim.”

(On their free-throws near the end) “Mike Anderson, Andrew Andrews, and Nigel Williams-Goss are pretty good free-throw shooters. The right guys were at the line down the stretch. They shot the ball with a lot of confidence and knocked them down.”

(On where they feel they stack up after six games) “I would have to agree with Nigel (Williams-Goss). A lot of people don’t realize Robert Upshaw and Jernard Jarreau did not play last year. In Jernard’s case, he did not even practice after November and didn’t do anything for a long time. So those guys are going to get better. Donaven Dorsey and Quevyn Winters are new to our club and continue to get better and help our team as they learn what it takes to play at this level. We need to perfect our defensive principles a lot more than how things are now, and perfect what we are doing offensively. We feel like there is much room for growth for this team.”

(On Andrew Andrews’s contributions to the team) “Andrew is not bashful and plays with a lot of confidence. Credit Andrew at times when his shot wasn’t falling, he continued to take good open three’s and he has hit some big shots for us already in this young season.  That’s how he plays right now. He’s an upper-classmen and a co-captain and that is what you expect from your leaders. They not only take big shots but also make them.”

 Nigel Williams-Goss:

(On how these three games will help their season) “It was huge for us. Our mindset was to come down here and get three wins. We had played pretty well at home and were 3-0 coming into the tournament. We felt this was going to be our first true test and see how well we stacked up against some of the top teams around the country. We obviously feel good leaving here 6-0 and it feels good to be 6-0 heading into our game against San Diego State at home.”

(On where they feel they stack up after six games) “I feel like we can play with anyone in the country. Right now we still have some work together. We have to get better, we’re giving up too many offensive rebounds, we still have to find our offensive rhythm, but we have the confidence we can play with anyone in the country. We feel that we are only going to keep getting better.”

(On shooting adjustments throughout the game) “No not really, I think only took three shots in the first half. I was trying to let the game come to me, I was trying to pick my spots. I knew in the second half I had to be a little bit more aggressive and try to set myself a little bit more. My teammates did a really great job getting me open and having lots of confidence in me. Other guys made big plays down the stretch as well.  Andrew Andrews hit a big three down the stretch, Jernard Jarreau had a big offensive rebound, Robert U.pshaw had a dunk. We all just knew that we had all those options in the second half.”

UTEP coach Tim Floyd:

(Opening statement) “Our team fought hard in the second half, the intensity that Washington played with with, they did a great job of guarding us. I thought we played with more purpose in the second half. Their guards Goss and Andrews played as well as they have all year long. They made free throws late, Anderson made free throws, Andrews made free throws. Andrews made a big three-pointer from the corner. We had our opportunities and didn’t capitalize and we didn’t shoot great from the three-point line. We still had opportunities to win but didn’t get things done. There are a couple of execution things that we will clean up. We were up five and they got the ball back and got a basket and foul which cut it to two which was a big play in the game but those things happen. They have a nice club and they have a chance to go to the NCAA tournament. Hopefully this loss will help us get better.”

(On what he has learned about his team during the tournament) “It has been great for us. You don’t really know until you get out there and play against these kind of people and teams that will contend for our league title, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion who had a big win against VCU yesterday and Charlotte has been very good and several others can play with the teams that we played here. So we need to go and learn from these games, grow and get a little better and hopefully we did. Princeton presented their own challenges, Xavier I still believe is a Top 25 team and I think we will look back at this tournament at the end of the year and say there were several NCAA teams in this field. We have been down three times this year against New Mexico State, Xavier and Washington by margins of 5, 7 and 12 points and we have come back and taken the lead. In 2 of the cases we won, today we didn’t because we didn’t close out some things but we will grow from it.”

 Vince Hunter:

(On his emotions of being up in the game with two minutes to go) “There were late turnovers. We missed the rebound and they kicked up for three points.”

(On his performance and looking ahead to the season) “It’s a confidence booster for me and the team. I’m just trying to get better every day.”

 Julian Washburn:

(On his emotions after the game) “There were far too many drops today and because of that they made us pay. We have got to defend better than that. Washington has a great team and I’m glad I had an opportunity to play against players like Nigel Goss.”

(On how frustrating tonight’s game was) “It was very frustrating but Washington is a great team and they made some great shots.  It’s a growing process and this is a game we can get better from.”

 

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