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December 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar after Washington’s 49-36 win over No. 13 San Diego State

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Here’s video of coach Lorenzo Romar following Washington’s 49-36 win over No. 13 San Diego State

And here’s a few quotes.

(Opening remarks) “Man that team is hard to score on. There were several times when we had guys open but we hesitated to throw it because a nine-foot arm was in the way and it would have been an interception. But all in all, I thought our guys guarded too and defended with a lot of confidence and purpose. I thought that was the difference in the game. San Diego State is a heck of a team. We talked all week about them on the backboard and they still got 21 offensive rebounds. They’re relentless.”

(On source of defensive confidence) “It’s something that we’ve been stressing and talking about a lot. We’re trying to explain that if we’re going to be successful at all, it has to start on the defensive end. We explain that every year but some teams embrace it more than others. This team has embraced it. The make-up of this team is not one that questions a whole lot. And we’ve had two mediocre years, and guys don’t want to be mediocre any more.”

(On slow pace of game) “It was very encouraging. We want to run, but there is going to be games like this that are slowed down. We weren’t able to make shots but again, defense is what can sustain you. I think that’s another valuable lesson for our guys. When the ball isn’t going in the basket for you, if you defend you give yourself a chance to be successful.”

(On positive trends team is showing)“Their toughness and resiliency. But in different ways this team has showed me this in several ways. Even at Seattle U, we couldn’t make a basket. But this team’s toughness and buy-in level has been something I’ve been really pleased with.”

(On Mike Anderson’s contributions) “Right now, he’s playing this season like he doesn’t care how many points he scores, how many times his name is in the paper, he wants to go down as a winner. Whatever is necessary, that’s what he is going to try to do. And I think that rubs off on the rest of the team, especially when you have your co-captains coming out and competing like they have been.”

(On nearly holding SDSU to under 10 field goals) “I don’t think we’ve ever done that to the opposition. In times past, when we’ve had our really good defensive teams they pressured you into turnovers and we’d get a lot of run-outs. This team plays defense an entirely different way. We try to contain the ball and not give you a whole lot of layups. We make you shoot over our hand, and with our length that has made a different.”

(On if team can be one of the best defensively in Romar’s career) “Potentially, but I think we told that to our team before we even started practicing that we could be a really good defensive team. We kind of challenged them, and these guys have accepted.”

(On what makes team so good on defense) “Length, first of all. We have more shot blockers as opposed to last year when we were so small that if you got near the rim we wouldn’t make you pay for it. But this year we make you pay for it. The guys that play have totally bought in to the defensive end and they don’t make a whole lot of defensive mistakes. And finally, this is a system that we put in after several games last year. We started over and reinvented our defense from the pressure defense we’d been doing for years. Now we’ve had a year to run it so our guys understand it a lot more. Along with being able to go back and play more zone than we’ve ever played.”

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