Washington State-Washington Post-Game Quotes
Washington 78, Washington State 72
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.
February 3, 2000
o Husky freshman guard Curtis Allen scored a career-high 18 points and tied his career-highs for assists (5) and minutes (27).
o UW junior center David Dixon tallied a career-high 16 points, while tying his career-high for rebounds (6). His career-high five blocks were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had five blocks against UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 16, 1998.
o Washington implemented its 11th different starting lineup.
o The Huskies have a 4-0 record this season when four players reach double-figure scoring.
o Washington shot better than 50 percent for the first time in 14 games, dating to Dec 16 when the Huskies shot 55 percent (28-51) at Florida International.
WASHINGTON COACH BOB BENDER
'We've talked all week about how this was an important game for us. We needed to win a game after losing the three that we did and the fact that it was a home game added something to it. What was kind of nice was that we had kind of an edginess with our team this week. We got off to a great start and I thought we kind of carried over that kind of mental attitude of what we had seen during the week. We needed a good start because we had not had that in this building. It was a confidence booster for us. Like most of our games when we win, it comes down to us playing good defense and guys making plays and that's what happened.'
On freshman point guard Curtis Allen:
'It was a big step for him. All of the things he's doing now are the things upperclassmen start to do and he's a freshman. He's not afraid to run the team. The defensive presence is what was important in what he did tonight.'
On junior center David Dixon:
'David is starting to be a factor. What you see is him playing now more reactive than thinking so much and being hesitant, letting a pass lead him to the basket. He's doing things more by instinct. I'm really happy for what he's doing and we'll keep pushing him to do a little bit more. We've got nine more games and we're going to need him to do this for all nine.'
On Washington State:'We expected them (to come at us). You've got to play. It came down to defending somebody one-on-one and rebounding the ball one-on-one. That's how they kept coming back at us. We made enough plays on the defensive end to be able to take care of it.'
WASHINGTON STATE COACH PAUL GRAHAM
On playing on the road:
'I don't know what happens to us when we go on the road. We come out and fall behind 13-2 right away. You can't do that on the road in this league.'
On the differences between the halves:
'In the first half, our defense was standing around. They got going, and we turned the ball over and didn't rebound very well. Our big guys inside didn't respond like they should and the Huskies got us in a bind. When we came out in the second half, we showed what we can do when we start playing better.'
On the rebounding:
'The teams we've played have had some pretty good players. Cal has good size, Stanford is pretty good with rebounds, and today even Washington's big guys. Being that we have maybe two guys with that size, with J [Locklier] and Milton [Riley], it gets difficult when one of those guys go out or one gets in foul trouble.'
On David Dixon:
'That's the best he's played since he's been here, probably.'