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Postgame Quotes: California at Stanford
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/04/2012

March 4, 2012

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HEAD COACH Mike Montgomery
On whether Cal was under too much pressure to win...
"Possibly. I'm not some of our guys knew how to handle what we were up against. To Stanford's credit they came out and were extremely physical early, and got into our heads, if nothing else. There were a lot of fouls. We had a hard time doing anything. Jorge got two quick ones, we were struggling without him. Then he got the technical, so I had to take him out."

General thoughts on the game...
"We looked nervous, we played nervous, we acted nervous. We're not playing as well as we have been, and we don't seem to trust each other as far as making the extra pass and helping each other out on offense. All that being said, after being down 15, we had three opportunities to tie or go ahead late in the game. But we missed three free throws, we fumbled it out of bounds, we failed to block off a couple times. Those are plays, at that stage of the game, that had we made them, the pressure shifts a little bit. But we didn't make those plays."

On Stanford...
"Stanford played well. Zimmermann came out and shot the ball well, Chasson Randle is awfully good right now. They say (Tony) Wroten (of Washington) is the freshman of the year right now, but I'm not so sure Randle isn't awfully good as a freshman."

On the play of Jorge Gutierrez...
"Jorge is really fighting demons right now and isn't able to get much done. We need Jorge. He defended extremely well. He gets himself in trouble, he gets frustrated -- we need him."

SENIOR F Harper Kamp
General thoughts on the game...
"We were outplayed completely and were playing soft, and not one of us was ready to play today. I don't know why we weren't ourselves today, but we weren't. Stanford had a physical presence right off, and I guess that took us out of our rhythm a little bit."

Opening Statement...

I thought it was just a hard-fought game by both teams. I thought both teams came in prepared, and I thought both teams really put their best foot forward. I think we just, at the end, we had a little more, and we were able to come out with a terrific win for our team and for our program.

On the four technical fouls and 40 personal fouls called in the game...
That hasn't been our character. We just want to go out there and compete and give ourselves a chance to win, and I thought our guys did a great job of battling all night, as did Cal, and we were fortunate to win.

On keeping Andrew Zimermmann in the game with three fouls in the first half...
I don't know about a vision, but I felt good with Zimmermann in the game, and I knew he understood how to play with three fouls. I knew he wouldn't go out there and pick up another one quick, and that's the trust you have to have in a player, especially a senior. I mean, he's been with me and developed that over time, that feel for a player and what he's doing. He came out today and gave us a big lift.

On finishing with a winning record in Pac-12 play...
I think it's important. You want momentum going into the tournament, and we've been at this point a few times this season, and this is the first time I've felt that we really took the step, and that was great for our guys to see, because now I think they realize just how good we can be if we play this way. That's something you can only gain through having experience like this, but also coming out and winning in a big game. So I think it will go a long way for our guys as we head down to Los Angeles for the tournament.

On heading down to the wide-open Pac-12 Tournament...
We said that going into the season there was a lot of parity in our conference. It's something that I think will show itself in the tournament as well. I think there are a number of teams that have a chance of winning the Pac-12 tournament. It starts with believing, first of all, and it starts with going out there and executing. And like I said, we look at every team as a potential team that can win it, and we have to face it that way every time we go out on the court and play...Absolutely, our team [can win it] as well. We can compete but there are 11 other teams that can do the same.

On freshman guard Chasson Randle's team-leading 17 points...
I've been very proud of Chasson all season long. I think he has an amazing appetite to get better, he wants to learn and improve. I think it's shown this season, if you look at the progression he's made from the beginning of the season to now, he's only continually getting better, and that says a lot about him. As a freshman coming in it's a long season, plus we went to Spain this summer. For a freshman to continue to have this kind of energy and this type of effort is unique, and I really enjoy watching his overall development.

On Stanford's bench outscoring the Cal bench 27-4...
It was big. Everyone coming in and making a contribution is very important. That's something we had talked about prior to our game, just our ability to utilize that depth, and we did. I thought that our guys, everyone that came in, even if they didn't score they made a play to contribute to us having an opportunity to win.

On ending his home career with a win over Cal...
It feels great, to know that guys stepped up and made big plays when we needed to make them. At the end of the game, they went on a run and in the past it's been something that we've struggled with, down the stretch. We closed the game and we made the plays we needed to make. So it just felt great for me to know that guys stepped up to help us and the seniors win the game.

On denying Cal the Pac-12 regular-season title...
As a competitor you don't ever want to lose at home, or anywhere, and that they came in thinking that it meant more to them, but as a program, it meant a lot to us too. We needed to come in and build some momentum, prove to ourselves that we're one of the better teams in our conference. We've been up and down, and it takes beating other teams to put yourself in that category. We're starting to do that, realize that we can be that type of team.

On heading into the Pac-12 Tournament...
It's great. You know, we're playing with nothing to lose and that's always a great feeling because some of the other teams might be a little tighter, they might think they have an at-large bid or not sure if they have to win the tournament. We know, going down to it, that we have to win the tournament and we have depth, we have talent, and as long as everybody plays like we did tonight we'll have a good shot.

On the intensity of the Stanford-Cal rivalry...
It means a lot to both teams, and it's always a hard-fought game, I'm learning that now, and you come out with some bumps and bruises, but it's all worth it, definitely. I enjoyed it and I'm just glad we came out with the victory.

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