Cal-Stanford Postgame Quotes
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On freshman guard Jorge Gutierrez:
Jorge guards like eight guys. He just runs around and finds the ball. His energy and his anticipation and his great hands were so valuable to us because he was the one guy that was able to create an advantage for us. I thought he picked everyone up. He was extremely valuable.
On the Cal comeback:
Stanford shot the lights out and part of it was obviously the fact that we were not aggressive enough defensively, but you still don't make all your shots. Every guy was just jumping up and shooting it in. You knew that there was a good chance that wasn't going to happen again but we couldn't sit around and hope that it didn't happen again so we had to get back after them. We didn't have a lot to lose. We got very aggressive and got up and tried to make something happen and when that happened our offense got better. I think we changed the momentum and their mentality with our aggressiveness.
They earned the lead in the first half and being able to get some of it back going into the locker room was pretty critical.
On sophomore forward Harper Kamp:
Harper is a smart player. He got some key rebounds for us and finished some shots inside. With Jorge in there and Harper in there we have guys that understand the help concept pretty well and they are able to help and get back. We got hands on a lot of balls, which for us is pretty critical, and eight steals, which is not normal for us. It just meant we were more aggressive.
On playing junior guard Jerome Randle, forward Theo Robertson, guard Patrick Christopher and freshman guard Jorge Gutierrez the entire second half:
I worried a little bit but I didn't think we had the luxury of worrying too much about it. I thought we had our backs against the wall and I thought the crowd would give us a lift. I thought the fact that we were making inroads back and that the crowd was excited, that the adrenaline that comes from that probably really helped. I didn't feel like I had a lot of choices.
California guard Jorge Gutierrez
On today's game:
Well, I just enjoyed it. I just enjoy playing. You saw how fun it was.
On what he was thinking being down 22 points in the first half:
Keep playing hard. Keep playing like we do and we'll be fine.
On whether he was convinced the game was lost in the first half:
No, never. The game is not over until the time is over. We just got to keep playing.
On whether he has ever been part of a 22-point comeback before:
When I was in Coroda, it was a game where we went to overtime, but unfortunately we lost.
On his defensive effort:
[I] just [wanted] keep the whole team and crowd involved in the game.
On playing the point on offense in the second half:
Well, I was trying to get the defense to collapse so I could pass it and [teammates] would have three-point shots.
On what teammates said to him after the game:
Just 'good game.' They were happy we won.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins
On whether Cal exerted more defensive pressure against Stanford in the second half:
We had some good looks in the first half. I thought [Cal] picked up the intensity in the late first half, beginning of the second half. They played well. I give them a lot of credit. They fought the whole 40 minutes. We got to a big lead, but it was early to have that type of lead. They kept fighting. They had a couple of possessions where they executed really well. They were able to cut into our lead and gain some momentum. I think that's how it kind of went. It was a close ballgame pretty much down the stretch.
On the impact of Jorge Gutierrez for Cal:
He played well. He does a little bit of everything from the perimeter. He's very aggressive and physical. He played really well to give them a spark.
On how Cal spreads the floor:
They always have the floor spread pretty well. They're the best three-point shooting team in the nation. The floor is spread all the time, so they have those opportunities all the time because you always have to guard those guys.
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