San Diego-Washington Post-Game Quotes
San Diego 72, Washington 54
December 30, 2000
Bank of America, Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH BOB BENDER
'I give credit to San Diego because they played very well. They showed a lot of character coming off of their two losses on the road. They certainly didn't show any lack of belief and then it became one of those games where if anything could go wrong, it will. But San Diego flat out earned this win, they outplayed us. Our energy wasn't there and defensively we gave up a lot of baskets. It is Pac-10 time and we are 6-6 and going on the road, so we have to have some real important practice days to get back to what we were doing, literally just a week ago.'
On Washington's struggles with 3-point shooting:
'Well, the number of attempts are not too bad. We have taken some that are at the end of the shot clock and in desperation, but for the most part the shots have been alright. The other part of it is our inability to hit the buckets inside early on and establish those shots. For us, we are one of those teams that have to be proficient from the perimeter, and that doesn't mean just three pointers. The other thing that we need to work on is our tempo. We are walking the ball up and we are just trying to run a half-court offense and we're not getting anything easy.'
Washington missed 24 consecutive 3-pointers before Grant Leep's trey with 2:50 left in the game. The last 3-pointer by a Husky came from Michael Johnson with 0:52 remaining in regulation against Clemson on Dec. 22. The Huskies missed their final three 3-pointers against Clemson, went 0-for-8 against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) and missed their first 13 attempts against San Diego. Leep's trey halted a stretch of 82:18 that Washington went without converting a 3-point attempt.
SAN DIEGO HEAD COACH BRAD HOLLAND
On if he was surprised by his team's performance:
'We've lost two straight by a total of six points combined. We have played pretty good defense and rebounded the ball well, but we haven't been a very efficient team offensively like we were tonight. The thing we talked about tonight was going out and playing aggressive basketball at both ends. We accomplished that and didn't know what the outcome would be, but I just wanted to get my team out to play aggressive basketball. We played well this afternoon.'
On how this game was different than the previous two:
'Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Boise State we were playing like we were protecting something instead of going after people. This game we were aggressive again and back to playing the way we can play. It ended up working out as a victory for us, which was my main concern.'
On what he expected from Washington:
'I really didn't know what to expect from Washington tonight. I just was focused on our team and how we were going to play. I was concerned, however, with their inside people hurting us as well as Thalo Green, but for the most part we guarded and defended with Washington and did a good job.'