New Mexico State-Washington Quotes

Nov. 25, 2000


Washington 81, New Mexico State 77
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.

WASHINGTON COACH BOB BENDER:

'We really needed a win. There's a lot of pressure in a game like this -- either built in or you're consumed by it -- as we're 0-1 and that added into it. Overall the way we played -- the rotations we had, the contributions we had -- were pretty good. The free throws are obviously too easy to point to where the difference in the game why the outcome of the game came like it did. The free throw shooting really almost took away from some good things that we did. I liked the way we moved the basketball. Our turnovers were certainly much better and on the defensive end I thought we had a pretty good concentration. We did a lot better things considering I didn't think we had a lot of highlights after the UTEP game.'

On Thalo Green:
'We hadn't had Thalo in a long time and he was a huge spark. Thalo being Thalo was the first part, but I think what you see in Thalo is him being much more confident and understanding his role offensively.'

On the building:
'It's great. It's so perfect for basketball. We get use to getting into our locker room and little things like that. It's just a great addition to what I think you want your basketball program to have.'


WASHINGTON SENIOR FORWARD THALO GREEN

'In the second half I bounced back and concentrated on getting my offense going. Their big men were setting big screens, I came off the curl, got my feet set and I got it going. On the defensive end we made some defensive stops and that gave me confidence on the offensive end.'

On the Huskies' free throw troubles:
'Free throws are something we have got to work on. It's a new building. We never should shoot like that, but a victory is a victory. Our big men, Will Perkins and Greg Clark, came with big tip backs we work on that in practice every day and that secured the victory.'

On the new Bank of America Arena:
'It's beautiful. It's amazing to play in. There is a lot of energy. It's not even the same building and hopefully it won't be the same team as last year and we can turn those around.'


NEW MEXICO STATE COACH LOU HENSON

On the comeback at the end:
'We made some shots and forced some turnovers, then Washington missed some free throws. All of that enabled us to come back.'

On Washington players:
'(Thalo) Green came in and just really hurt us. He hurt us and we knew he could do it because we remember him from last year. He is a very good player.'

On the new arena:
'It is a beautiful arena. Then, you have a tremendous coach, Bob Bender. There is no question about it that Washington's basketball is definitely on the upswing.'

On his team's play:
'We wanted to play hard and I think we did that. We put a lot of effort into the game. We just have to execute better.'

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