Lorenzo Romar didn’t have an update on Jernard Jarreau’s injured right knee after Washington’s 88-78 victory over Seattle University. That will have to wait until at least tomorrow, when Jarreau is scheduled for an MRI exam.
The good news on UW’s injury front is that forward Perris Blackwell, who sat out tonight with a concussion, will probably return for Thursday’s game against UC-Irvine. Romar said the chances are “probably pretty high” that Blackwell, the team’s best post scorer, will play in that game.
All things considered — and by “all things,” we mean the fact that UW was missing three of its top four post players — Romar was pleased with Sunday’s outcome. More than pleased, actually.
“Down the road, people will look back and see we won this game,” Romar said. ‘I don’t think people understand how big of a win this one for us, and how gutsy, and how much of a character win this was for us.
“We’ve had big games, big stage in the past, and have come through. In terms of puling a game out when the chips were really down … it was one of the more special wins for me as head coach since I’ve been here. … to have to play out of positions, guys were learning positions on the fly, we got down, Seattle U is scrappy, Isiah Umipig was having a fantastic game. But our guys weathered the storm. I was very proud of that tonight.”
Here’s the rest of what Romar said afterward …
(What sparked the second-half run?) “We got a couple stops toward the end of the half and C.J. had not been really hitting, hit two big 3s, I think it was two big 3s at the time and it really gave us some life and it put us up at the half and we regained our composure. I think we got over the fact that Jernard was out, and we had to finish the game and play it, and we rallied and banded together.”
(On Mike Anderson) “Mike. Wow. Isiah Umipig was having his way with us. I think with 16 minutes to go he had maybe 15 points, and aside from those two free throws at the end, Mike did a really good job of limiting his productivity at that point. Isiah’s really good, really good, but Mike Anderson had eight rebounds, almost a double-double from the guard position. Just played like a man out there. I think it rubbed off on most of our guys. Darin Johnson as a freshman came in and I thought he played physical basketball and tough basketball. As I said, I couldn’t be prouder of a team.
(Did you see that coming?) “We knew Mike was scrappy. We knew Mike was versatile and the last week and a half we’ve noticed that as he’s picked up our defensive system, that he’s pretty good, maybe our best defensive guard. We’ve started to see those things and he showed it in the game.”
(On free-throw shooting) “That helped us. I think we shot 80 percent from the line. Before the game we told our team that if we can make our foul shots, we may be able to get 30 points from the line and we did. That was huge in this game.”
(On facing SU’s one defense) “That was probably the toughest thing to adjust to because we weren’t accustomed … there’s certain guys we have in certain positions that have certain responsibilities to attack that, but we didn’t have our guys and we were just kind of adjusting as the game went on. Somehow we made it through. A couple guys hit some shots. Andrew Andrews hit a couple big shots against it to loosen it up a little.”
(On making in-game adjustments) “With what we do offensively, we have a certain structure of what we’re doing. With that, we’re just kind of adjusting. You take this position, ok, this time you take that position. Each possession a little bit. Then we’d change during the timeout kind of how we wanted to attack it. If we wanted to give C.J. isolations. If we wanted to try to draw a foul on someone else. Because we have that structure and understand now the system, we can adjust on the fly a little bit, just a little bit. Last year we couldn’t have made those adjustments because we didn’t understand the offense as well.”
(When did Blackwell suffer the concussion on Wednesday?) “Second half, Kevin Davis came down and just maybe elbowed him in the head or something. But he made sure he got him really good. That’s two games in a row and then tonight we got one on Jernard.”
(Was there a chance he could play tonight?) “Scott Suggs last year against Albany suffered a concussion in the first two minutes of the game and four days later he played against Seton Hall. We were hopeful that would happen, but it didn’t happen.”
(Chances Blackwell plays Thursday?) “I would say probably pretty high.”
(Thoughts on the play Jarreau was injured on?) “It was a flagrant. They called it a flagrant.
(What did you say to officials during that discussion?) “I didn’t say a whole lot. He said it was a flagrant. When I first walked out I said, ‘what is that? That’s got to be something.’ But when he said it was a flagrant … what Cam (Dollar) was saying, you’ve got to ask Cam.”
(Quincy Pondexter went down on a similar play a coupe years ago. Have any pause playing SU now?) “Not at all. I think Quincy’s was worse on that one because the guy just took him out of the air. Jernard’s, I don’t think a play was made on the ball. He tried to foul him, Jernard kind of awkwardly landed. I don’t think it was as bad as that.”
(Start four guards against UC-Irvine if Jarreau can’t play?) “We don’t know yet. It’s still too early to tell. It just happened two hours ago. I think we do know we can go with four guards in certain situations. I don’t think we can go play like that the entire time. You asked me when Desmond (Simmons) got hurt if we were thin in the rotation, I said if no one gets hurt. Well, now we’re slim up there. But if our guys can go compete and scrap like we did tonight, then we’ll be able to get through it.”