UC Irvine-Washington Post-Game Quotes
Dec. 28, 2000
WASHINGTON COACH BOB BENDER
'This is a team that we thought would do just what you saw tonight. They were efficient and they were not going to beat themselves. We talked all along about how we would have to come out and dictate some things and the first half we did not do that. Irvine is a very good team and very capable. I was proud of the way the kids responded in the second half, maturity-wise it was good to see how they rallied and came out and made an immediate difference. We not only erased the 12-point lead, but we got the lead. In games like this it is going to come down to one or two possessions. Each time down the floor, you have to make the play or not, and we made some of those but couldn't make the last one. I feel bad for Bryan, there is no one more competitive than him. He hit the first one, which is the hardest one to make, but couldn't make the next two go down. Now we have to learn from this and face a very good team in San Diego on Saturday.'
On the halftime talk:
'I told them it was just a matter of pride. They were getting to every loose ball and we were turning the ball over way too much. Those were the main things we needed to talk about being down twelve at the half. The players did speak up, and you want that. The guys that needed to step up and be vocal, did that.'
On Thalo Green:
'Thalo had a tough night. He had a tough time getting out of the gate, and that is usually not his problem. He has always been efficient. He muffled a couple of passes but there was nothing in particular that they did, he was just having an off night.'
UC IRVINE COACH PAT DOUGLASS
'We knew we needed to come out strong in the second half. We thought we had some good looks, and just didn't make the buckets. It was a great road win for us, a good way to prepare for our league.'
On the play of the Anteaters' bench:
'We had a couple of players that really helped us off the bench, especially defensively. Jerry Green was down with the flu, so we were trying to get him in and out. Each one of those kids has contributed during the season.'
'We didn't think they would be as effective as they were inside. We knew we had to key on Perkins, but Shelton and Dixon were a little bit more effective than we wanted them to be. Defensively, we tried to prepare for what they were going to run. We got lucky they weren't canning the outside shots, so we could help in the post a little bit.'
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