"I felt the stepped up and hit big shots. Derek Glasser hit big shots. Jeff Pendergraph hit some big shots. They came through when they needed to.
"I thought we came out with great energy on the defense end. I thought we were rotating well and moving our feet. We were quick to the ball. Arizona State did a good job at maintaining their poise throughout that and they just chipped away and chipped away. And we struggled putting the ball in the basket early and with that combination they were able to slowly jump out in front of us.
"We talked more about our lack of aggressiveness. We were the more tentative team of the two in the first half. That’s some of the things I thought we tried to address in the first half, coming out with a little more fight. We talked about our shot selection, which at times bites us in the butt."
(on the scuffle)
“Just guys competing, we’re playing hard, sometimes bodies get banged around and feelings get hurt I guess you could say. Sometimes games just get heated like that.
“I haven’t seen the replay or anything but I thought what went on is the same thing that goes on in practice. Like Jon said, two teams really competing at that point, really competing and neither wanted to give the edge to the other. I don’t think anyone lost control. I just think it was two teams competing really hard.
"We knew they were going to come out and play hard. We said it’s going to be a war, a fight couple break out. We knew it could be one of those heated games where bodies were banging against each other."
ROMAR ON WHETHER IT’S GOOD TO LOSE A GAME BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT.
“One, two, three, NO. When you’re playing out there and competing, you’re not thinking of getting one out of the way.
"We expect to be part of the (NCAA Field). Where we’ll go and how high we’ll be seeded, I think that’s in the committee’s hands. We’re fortunate that we have the opportunity on Sunday that our name is going to be called. Wherever we’re sent, whomever we are going to play, we just have to make the best of it.”