Cal-UCLA Postgame Quotes
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On the ability of UCLA's Darren Collison to make big plays late in the game:
That's why he is what he is. The ability to make a play in late clock is probably what separates UCLA from a lot of people. They've got such a tremendous amount of confidence in the ability to score late, particularly with Collison. I just think that Collison is such a clutch player, and he makes plays in critical situation. In late clock, he's as good as there is.
On the seven-point swing late in the first half that trimmed Cal's lead:
The reality is that we should have been up a bunch in the first half. We turned the ball over too much, which obviously contributed to part of our woes. But we were scoring the ball, we were playing hard. Then they get what turns out to be a seven-point play. It just really takes the wind out of your sails. And we really had them trapped on the sideline. It was just really discouraging. I'm not saying it was the wrong call; it's just hard to take.
On the atmosphere is Haas Pavilion and Cal's effort level:
It's what I'd like to see all the time. It was great to see [that atmosphere]. This is the kind of thing we'd like to be able to have all the time and we'd like to earn the right to be able to have that. People have to be pleased with the effort. I can't fault our effort this week.
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
On California guard Patrick Christopher:
Christopher started off so hot, he banked one straight on. We knew he was going to have a hot hand, coming off a career high. He's a great player; he's a really really good player. I love their team; I love their guards. You don't want to play Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament or in the NCAA Tournament.
On UCLA guard Malcolm Lee:
He played very good defense today. He made an out of bounds shot. He hit one off of Michael Roll, I think. Malcolm just played great. He's really special.