Some reaction to Washington State’s 87-80 win over Washington tonight:
UW coach LORENZO ROMAR
Overview: They did a great job tonight defensively in that zone. They stole a lot of our passes, they deflected a lot of our passes. They forced us into 24 turnovers. No one’s done that to us this year. They did a heck of a job tonight. … They just did a tremendous job tonight. They’re a good basketball team. … We talked about how we felt their perimeter guys were dangerous, and they certainly all showed up.
On having Venoy Overton and Aziz N’Diaye in foul trouble early and Isaiah Thomas foulding out late) “There were foul problems for both teams.”
Not taking advantage when top WSU players were in foul trouble) We couldn’t quite get over the hump. We had our opportunities. But any game you turn the ball over that many times, it’s going to make it a little more difficult for yourself. … And if you do it on the road, it’s going to be even harder. And even without those guys in there, we just didn’t take very good care of the basketball.
On MBA hitting one of eight field goal attempts) I think they surrounded Matthew. They’re already packed in a zone, so when he gets the basketball, there are a lot of people already around him. I thought we had a lot of good looks out on the perimeter. We didn’t knock those down to make them pay for it.
On Thomas, who led UW with 19 points, but on 3-of-13 shooting) I think he played hard. He couldn’t get the ball to go down. Isaiah’s been so good for us, you’d think if he had been playing every game the way he had been playing: wow, that would be pretty spectacular. So he didn’t have his best game. But at this point – nine conference games – I don’t have a problem with that.
On if the Huskies brought full effort) I think at times they probably ourworked us at times, and that probably made a difference. But again, you talk about outworking: we out-rebounded them pretty good. So we worked pretty good ourselves.
On the result) “Personally I just think we didn’t come out with the right mindset. We did some of the things that we do, but we didn’t capitalize. …We didn’t get the stops we should have on defense. Once a team like that gets going on offense, it’s hard to slow them down. Klay Thompson came off screens hitting real tough shots, shots with hands in his face.”
On whether this is one of his most frustrating losses) “It is, just because we had the game. We had chances to win, changes to cut the lead and get the lead. We had so many chances we just didn’t capitalize on it.”
On is the WSU zone forced perimeter shots) All zones do that, especially the zone they had. It was a pretty good zone. But we had a lot of open shots we usually make. We just missed it.
On UW’s 24 turnovers) That was on my part. That won’t happen again. I had seven of them and on to the next one.
On his shooting night) The shots just wasn’t falling. I had open threes. I had some layups I did. It wasn’t nothing they did. All hats tipped off to them, but there were just shots I didn’t make. I blame this game on me because of how it ended.
WSU coach KEN BONE
“(The Cougars) brought it for 40 minutes. I thought we did a great job and beat a really, really good team. … This probably is the biggest win since I’ve been here.”
On WSU’s bench play) “It was good. I was really, really impressed with Charlie Enqjuist. The numbers don’t shot it, but he gave us nine really good minutes of just solid defense.”
On the WSU defense) “We tried to control transition because Washington is so good in transition. It also us. We only had six offensive rebounds. That’s kind of the price you pat. You’re in a hurry to get back. You don’t get as many second chances as they do.”
On Reggie Moore, who had 18 points and five assists) “Reggie did a nice job. It’s an emotional game for him. He’s a Seattle kid. He’s close friends with a few kids on their team, but Reggie handled it well.”
When Klay went back in with four fouls) “I said, ‘Try to continue to attack the key, but understand they’re really good at taking charges.'”
“It feels really good. Oh-and-4 against them, that didn’t feel too good. It was so much fun coming out here tonight and it felt even better playing in front of a crowd like that and seeing all the support that Cougar Nation gave us.”
On Reggie Moore) “Reggie stepped up big time. That’s probably the best I’ve seen him play all year.”
On the Huskies) “They were talkin’ a lot this week.”
On the crowd) The crowd is always huge. We’ve got great fans, pumped up and rowdy.
On his relationship with the Seattle/Tacoma Huskies) It’s not really a personal rivalry me and Venoy and Isaiah always say we’re not going to let what we see in the papers mess up our friendships at all.
On the game) “They probably have a lot more talent than us. They have a lot of bigs a lot of guards. But we willed this one tonight.”
Washington State notes:
The win is WSU’s first over UW since March 8, 2008 first win against the Huskies for every member of the team (Lodwick and Enquist redshirted during the 2007-08 season).
Ken Bone got his first career win over the Huskies, 1-6 overall and 1-2 with the Cougars.
The win is WSU’s second over a ranked opponent this season, defeated No. 15 Baylor Dec. 23 Cougars are 2-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 this season and 8-15 all-time against ranked Husky teams.
Cougars’ 13 steals tie for their second-most this season Huskies had a season-high 24 turnovers.
With 25 points, Klay Thompson scored more than double what he scored in both games against Washington last season (12) .Thompson is now just four points out of fourth on WSU’s all-time scoring list behind Mark Hendrickson Thompson has 1,492 career points.
Reggie Moore scored a season-high 18 points went 9-for-10 from the free throw line added five assists in 36 minutes.
WSU scored a season Pac-10 most 87 points previous was 84 against Oregon State season high is 88 points against Idaho.
Washington State’s 45 first half points are its second highest first half total of the season (scored 48 against Portland) highest in Pac-10 play.