Thursday, March 12, 2009

Washington 85, Stanfrord 73: notes and quotes

Thanks to Pac-10 media relations:

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar: "Going into this game we knew how hard Stanford has played us. They are dangerous offensively and we did a good job to get a victory. We probably turned the ball over many times. We were a bit sloppy but we did a good job in the second half of converting and stepped up and did very well. We are just excited that we are advancing in the tournament."

On Stanford's offense:

"Any time you play against someone, if you can get them to take contested perimeter shots you have a better chance to come out on top. They can really shoot the 3-ball and obviously when they are hitting them they are really hard to deal with. We did a pretty good job for the most part of contesting those threes."

On Elston Turner:

"(His three 3-pointers) were huge as we were having trouble taking care of the basketball and not really having an offensive rhythm. He gave us a little breathing room with those 3's before the half. I thought it was a great momentum builder for us going into the second half. Elston is capable of coming in and hitting five or six."

On next opponent Arizona State:

"ASU plays us to the wire and really makes us work, We are going to have to do a great job determining the pace. They are a really, really difficult club to play against."

Washington guard Isaiah Thomas:

"We came out in the second half and did a better job but we need to be better on the defensive end."

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins:

"I thought it was an incredible game. Washington is a really, really good team. They played extremely well, especially in the second half. I'm proud of my kids. We competed the entire night, and they were the better team tonight. Give them credit."

On the pace:

"We found the tempo for the most part. We've been playing a little faster and as long as we get what we want when we got into transition offensively we were fine. I thought tonight we have some great looks that didn't go down. That's part of shooting the basketball."

Stanford guard Anthony Goods:

"It just came down to shot selection. If they were shooting shots that we were shooting they would have come up short, too. I thought we resorted to the three a little too early. It took its toll on us. They were able to come down and drive to the basket, get fouled and hit their free throws."


*The Huskies are 21-3 when leading at the half. ... it is their first win on a neutral court, having going 0-2 in games in Kansas City in December. ... Jon Brockman moved into third place on the Washington career scoring list and now has scored 1,762. ... Washington finished 3-0 against Stanford.

*Anthony Goods has nine games of 20 or more points. ... Mitch Johnson is second on the Stanford career assist list with 518, trailing only veteran NBA guard Brevin Knight. ... Landry Fields produced a career-high 15 rebounds and turned in his fifth double-double of the season.

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