California-Washington Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 27, 2001

CALIFORNIA 79, WASHINGTON 64
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.

WASHINGTON HEAD COACH BOB BENDER

General Comments:
'I'm proud of our effort, but you always hate to say it when you lose because it seems you trivialize the importance of winning, but we needed to play harder today, and we did. It came down to making some shots and when we look at this tape, it is going to look a lot like the Corvallis game again, where we put ourselves in a good position, but then we don't make shots and that makes all the differences in the world. As long as we keep putting ourselves in that position of going down the stretch which team is going to make plays we're going to give ourselves a chance to win. But we've got to make some more plays.'

How do you keep the team from getting frustrated?
'They're going to get frustrated, but you've got to keep them believing. You've got to rely on the upper classmen. Their clock is running and they know there is only 10 games left. Our two young kids (Massingale and Allen) have really taken some stuff in the last two weeks and that is going to help us. I think the emergence of David (Dixon) is another encouraging thing that can help us. But we need a win and we need it badly. That's pretty obvious. So that puts a big game atmosphere for next weekend against Washington State.'

WASHINGTON GUARD BRYAN BROWN

On the Huskies' comebacks:
'We fought hard and came back and took the lead at one point for a second, then things kept escalating and we got back down again. It seems like it has been happening over and over through the year. We work so hard to get a lead, then we let it go easily and we can't fight back. I keep telling the guys that we've got to keep pushing forward and play 40 minutes of basketball. When we play 40 minutes of basketball we're a good team and we can win some games.'

WASHINGTON CENTER DAVID DIXON

On the Huskies' trying to rebound from a tough weekend:
'We've just got to keep working. There are no solutions for the things we have to do. We've just got to keep working hard. We've got to play smarter in the games also. We all make mistakes--mistakes that we could have prevented--if we play smarter we can do better, but if we don't play smarter, the same things are going to keep occurring.'

WASHINGTON GUARD MICHAEL JOHNSON

On the Huskies' comebacks:
'We got that one point lead and we were working so hard to catch back up I'm not sure if we thought we were there and we were there and we were going to cruise to the victory. I'm real proud of my team, we worked hard to come back from that deficit, but we can't get in a hole like that. We got to keep our concentration and keep working hard. I think we kind of laid back once we got that lead.'

WASHINGTON FORWARD WILL PERKINS

On the numerous runs in the game by both teams:
'Basketball is a game of spurts. Every team is going to make its runs, there is going to be a lot of runs in the games, and at the end they made the final run and won the game.'

CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH BEN BRAUN

On sweeping Washington and Washington State on the road:
'Anytime you go in this league and get a sweep, you've got to be very, very happy. I think our players worked for it. They earned it. I know that it wasn't easy on Thursday, but sometime good things come to those who work hard. Washington came in here on a mission. They called this a 'must-win' game, and with all that on the line, our guys resisted their pressure, and put some pressure of their own on. We're just real happy to come out here and get the win, and come back and reload for what should be an exciting second half of the Pac-10 season.'

On the Bears' scoring runs throughout the game:
'I thought for the first five, 10 minutes of the game, our pressure was good. Everything was really as we had hoped it would be. Our team has been in the situation where we've let people come back [from behind], and it started to happen again tonight. I think people don't realize how hard you have to work to get a lead. It takes something to get one, and it certainly takes something to keep one. You have to continue doing the things you did to get the lead. In the second half, when we started to stretch things out, Washington went back to some of the things they did at the start of the game. There was a nine or 10-minute stretch where we held them without a field goal, and that's just outstanding defense. That was the ballgame right there.'

On Sean Lampley's play after a foot injury at WSU:
'He wanted to play. He was hurting, no question. He got fatigued down the stretch, some of those shots weren't falling. What he did do, though, that won't show up in any boxscore, was draw nine fouls. Nine fouls. He gets fouled nine times and gets to the line, knocks down his first eight. He also makes things happen for other guys. He's a terrific player, and an outstanding young man. He willed his team to a victory.'

On Thalo Green and the Huskies' offense:
'Thalo Green is a guy that's always hurt us, when they've beaten us. He's always hurt the rest of the league, when he's on. I thought we did a very good job on Thalo. He's really an outstanding player. We had to really come to him and keep him from scoring. I thought that was a huge key. A couple of guys broke out -- Bryan Brown hit some threes on us, and Curtis Allen did real well. He's such a quick kid, and will be a fine player in this league.'

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