Arizona State-Washington Quotes

Washington 70, Arizona State 68 OT
January 11, 2001
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.

WASHINGTON HEAD COACH BOB BENDER

General Remarks:
'We didn't allow them to get it in the bucket there at the right time at the end. We needed a win bad is the obvious statement that I'd probably make. I didn't know how they would respond--I think they were a little tentative in the first half because of the pressure of needing a win we got through that and even knowing we were down at halftime we were in much better shape mentally in coming out. We had a lot of guys step up and do some really good things for us. Grant hadn't played and then he comes up huge in the second half. Thalo and Mike don't get a lot done in the first half and come up big for us in the second half. Our two freshmen gave us a big boost tonight. I'm really happy with that and we had to do it at times with Will in foul trouble and certainly in overtime without him available. So, it was an important win because we needed one and we're back to 1-2 in the league. I'm really happy for the kids. We pushed them hard Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...a little different approach. Hard work earned this win tonight.'

Why was reserve Grant Leap in the game?:
'They were zoning us. His strength is shooting ability and they went zone, weren't real big and the matchup wasn't bad defensively. When we needed the scoring threat to shoot the three, he came through big today.'

Were you surprised about your success with 3-pointers?:
'We're a better shooting team than we've shown. We just needed some to fall and you could tell--it's like momentum with anything--once a couple guys hit them we built momentum. We needed them to go down. The 3-pointers were huge for us tonight.'

WASHINGTON JUNIOR FORWARD GRANT LEEP

What's with the 3-pointers, you hit all three of your attempts?:
'I've been wanting to do that all year, but we haven't been shooting too well lately. So whether it be a starter or someone off the bench we needed someone to be a spark. That's what we were looking for. We hadn't come out and play as hard as we would have like to have the last few games. If the starters don't do that we need someone to step up off the bench and give us that spark by playing hard defensively and offensively.'

On playing late after sitting:
'You've just got to be ready at all times. I wanted to get in earlier, but that is not the way the cards were dealt tonight. Part of the responsibility of being the guy off the bench is to always be ready to go in at any given time cause you never know what is going to happen. So I just always have to stay ready and be ready to go.'

How big emotionally is this win?:
'This was really big for us. We finish up our game on Saturday and then we are off to Oregon and that is always a tough place to play. To get a win now is just really big for us, especially the way we played in LA. It just showed that the team has a lot of heart and we worked really hard in practice all week and we carried it over into the game.'

ARIZONA STATE COACH ROB EVANS

General Remarks:
'This is a tough loss, because they played their hearts out, especially being undermanned. I thought the kids battled hard, they just made some mistakes. When you're on the road in any league, you've got to eliminate as many mistakes as you can. We also missed free throws, and those are the things that bit us tonight.'

On the defense:
'We just didn't have enough depth, so we had to stay in that zone. We wanted to go man-to-man with that seven-point lead, but we just don't have enough people. In overtime, there were just a couple of times that we needed a stop, and we didn't stop them. We even went man-to-man to try and stop them, and couldn't stop them.'

On the Huskies' shooting:
'They shot the ball well. They hadn't been shooting well lately, but we knew they were pretty good shooters.'

On ASU's offense:
'We got some open looks, we just didn't get to them. We didn't shoot the basketball great, but I thought our execution was pretty good. We attacked the basket and scored enough points.'

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