Here’s a video and transcript of the post-game interview with coach Lorenzo Romar following Washington’s 86-62 loss to No. 7 Arizona.
(Opening Statement) “I don’t have a lot to say. Arizona made it hard on us offensively. They are a really good defensive team and we couldn’t get shots. Their link bothered us in the first half and we couldn’t generate enough defense to stop them for us to get a whole lot of transition. There were times where the ball was in our hands and it just slipped out somehow. Like all good teams they capitalize on any mistake we make. Our guys did a decent job of taking care of the basketball but there were a couple of turnovers that were costly. On a more positive note there were some guys whose efforts were out of the roof. I was so proud of those guys. Andrew Andrews, Mike Anderson, Gilles Dierickx even came in the game and he worked. There were some guys that really competed. Andrew had 11 rebounds. He was a warrior in spite of the game not being close. We cut it down to 11 and we had momentum with about eight minutes to go but couldn’t capitalize and score after that.”
(What happened during that stretch where they scored 10 consecutive lay-ins in the first half?) “We did a poor job of keeping them in front of us. At times we were pressuring when we shouldn’t have been. They drove us. One of the things we talked about is they are a team with a lot of slashers. They are going to go to the rim. For whatever reason we thought we could continue to get up in them and they ended up driving against us, which hurt. We would rotate and not do a good enough job with our rotations. Tarczewski was taller and we didn’t defend the ball screen really well. He would get inside of us and dunk. They threw one to Rondae and he got a dunk. Tarczewski made three baskets. He didn’t really hurt us, hurt us. Put all that together that makes for an offensive run for them.”
(Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Nigel, what did he do?) “It reminds me of back in the day when the Bulls put Scotty Pippin on Magic. He is taller and his length is a factor. He is one of the few guards that is long enough and good enough defensively to at least be there with you. To me he is one of the best defenders in the country.”
(Is it frustrating knowing that you don’t have the guys to go to being shorthanded? I’ve seen this team be able to play even with a team like this, we just don’t have the horses right now.) “When we are sitting there in that game I am not thinking that we don’t have the horses. We have to do a better job. In the second half they didn’t get as many lay-ups in the first 12 minutes. After that it went back to the same thing. We either ran out of gas. I think that is a factor with us. We don’t have a lot of depth and guys are logging a lot of minutes. In the second half we did a better job of playing the type of defense, and playing on the weak side and helping that we would want to do. We just haven’t been able to sustain it. My thoughts are how can we sustain it? We have to find a way to sustain it.”