Quotes From Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Championship

March 13, 2010

Washington Quotes


Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

On the game…

“What a college basketball game. Both teams played, I thought, at an extremely high level. Both teams were competing. It was obvious something was on the line for both teams.”


On playing must-win games…

“The anxiety that you may have as a team, knowing that you’re one and done, is something that’s been going on with our team for quite a while. The stakes haven’t been as high as they’re going to be now.”


On late free throws…

“Venoy (Overton) could literally be 0-for-10 going into a game, but when the game’s on the line he rarely misses.”


On idea of Pac-10 receiving one NCAA Tournament bid…

“Once a statement is made publicly, sometimes it gains a lot of momentum and begins to snowball. But there’s no way in the world I thought we were only going to have one team from the Pac-10 in the NCAA Tournament.”


On Venoy Overton’s 3-pointer…

“There are some guys, that when the game’s on the line, you don’t mind them taking that shot.”


Washington forward Quincy Pondexter

On NCAA Tournament chances entering Pac-10 Tournament…

“We told each other, ‘If we handle business, we don’t need a committee to determine if we’re good enough. We’ll be automatically in.’”



California Quotes


Head Coach Mike Montgomery


Opening comments:

“Well, disappointing, obviously.  In some ways it’s surprising that we shot the ball as poorly as we did from two of the people who were primary guys for us [Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher] and we had a chance at the end to win.  We made mistakes that we normally don’t make.  We gave them too many easy shots and we weren’t as patient on offense as we needed to be.  Theo [Robertson] and Jamal [Boykin] kept us in the game with their play tonight.”


“Credit has to go to Washington.  I thought to start the game they were more aggressive; I thought they were the aggressor. We looked a little bit tired, if not physically, then mentally, just in terms of movement.  I knew that three games in three days would be tough on us.”


On Washington attacking Jerome Randle early in the game:

“He got two fouls early, which is a little unusual.  We had him [Randle] out of the game for a fair portion trying to get him back-and-forth and not get a third foul.  He’s small, so they can post him with a variety of different people.  It caused a problem, no question.” 


Jamal Boykin


On the difficulty of playing three games in three days:

“Well, fortunately for us, in the game against Oregon, a lot of players were able to get rest.  I think as long as you take care of your body, like we have been, it’s not that difficult.  It’s all about how you take care of your body and how you mentally and physically prepare yourself.  I don’t think that was a factor for us tonight.”


On how Coach Montgomery made him a better player:

“He’s made us better individual players, such as helping us pay attention to detail, prepare for games, allowing us to continue to play our game, while being in a system.  The discipline in that has helped improve our game.”


Theo Robertson


On how the team will react to this loss:

“We only have one way to react and that’s just get back to work.  We can’t dwell on this loss.  As much as we wanted to come out here and have a better performance and win this championship, it’s a new season that’s going to take place.  First, it’s a matter of getting back to work and putting our best foot forward next week.”


On how Coach Montgomery made him a better player:

“He’s done a really good job of teaching us how to use each other to make each other better.  We have a lot of guys that can play and are very talented.”


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