Lorenzo Romar audio:
Terrence Ross and Aziz N’Diaye audio:
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
We got beat by a good team. My biggest gripe tonight is that we kind of repeated our mistakes against Washington State. We didn’t come out with the type of fire, and I shouldn’t say fire because I thought we played hard, but not with the type of concentration we needed. It picked up more in the second half but against a team like that it wasn’t good enough to overcome the deficit. Down the stretch I thought our guys fought. We played extremely hard, but we came up on the short end obviously.
On Gant’s shot at the end
It was designed for Gant. The last game we had he hit three 3’s. He’s shooting over 40%. Sometimes just because somebody is having an off-night, if you look at the body of work they’ve put forth, you got to take that chance. He’s shooting a good percentage and usually knocks those down.
On Abdul’s aggression in the second half
We talked about it at halftime that he needed to play with a lot more aggression. Being aggressive doesn’t always just mean taking more shots, some people get that twisted. You might get 8 rebounds or 10 assists. Some kind of way though you have to be in attack mode, and I thought he was more in the second half. With CJ being out, we need that with him.
On coming back on a team like Cal
It’s very difficult. They’re very efficient; I was pleased we were able to force them into 17 turnovers, a team like that doesn’t do that very often. They are very efficient offensively. But I thought Allen Crabbe, who is a great player, Terrence played 38 hard minutes hounding him and I think he did a very good job. When a team gets down like we did it’s tough to come all the way back. The worst thing I think we did early was we didn’t get back in transition, and we allowed too much dribble penetration.
On being down going in to the second half two games in a row
We always have the mindset that if we are up in the second half we have to just maintain. If we’re down, we obviously have to fight back and we have to come back and win. We just always have to have that mindset or it’s no point trying to come out and play in the second half.
On Cal being able to drive into the lane and penetrate
I think it was just us having too many mental errors and letting the players go by. It was our fault. It’s something that we have to work harder at and something we definitely have to get better at. We’re not going to stand a chance in this league if we don’t. It’s something that we have to work on.
On Abdul Gaddy’s aggressiveness
Abdul is probably the smartest – he has the highest basketball IQ on the team. If he knows a certain defense is going to play one way one night, he will make adjustments. And tonight he knew he had to be assertive and aggressive and that’s what he did. It really helped us out in the second half. When Abdul drives it gets other defender’s attention so he knew he had to help more rather than just sitting and trying to deny another player. It was really helpful because he was really getting to the basket and reading the defense correctly
On his game
I feel like what I’m working on in practice is starting to show. In the first half I don’t know what was wrong, but I wasn’t playing my style of basketball. But in the second half I gathered myself and played hard on the offense and defensive end. I was doing what I could to help the team out.
On the over the back call
I think those kinds of calls happen in games. Obviously I was going for the rebound and I didn’t feel like I got the defender but the ref made the call and then I was in foul trouble.