Cal-Washington Postgame Quotes
March 1, 2008
California head coach Ben Braun
On his postgame words to the team and the play today of seniors Eric Vierneisel and DeVon Hardin:
I'm really proud of those two guys, and I told our team after the game we're a good basketball team. Our record's not going to define who we are. We're in the toughest league in the country in the best year in the history of the league. You look at Washington. They are a good basketball team. Their record is certainly not an indication of how good they are, and that's how good this league is. So I wanted our team to understand that, and I really praised our seniors, obviously, who stepped up and gave us great effort. Eric, not only did he tie a school record going 5-for-5 from three, but he goes out for his career high and he's chasing guys defensively. DeVon as well, you talk about Jon Brockman going out for his season-low of 10 points - when's the last time Brockman went for 10 and 4 (rebounds)? He leads our league in double-doubles, he's just a beast of a player. So I commend DeVon for his effort.
On what statistic might be most telling in today's loss:
(Allowing) 44 in the paint is more than we really can afford to give up to any team we play, and that to me was a big story this game. Offensively, I thought our team did some pretty good things, but we didn't get the consistency of the stops.
On the effort to play by an injured Patrick Christopher (hip):
Patrick's not 100 percent. I thought he made some big plays, but defensively he wasn't himself. When you're injured, I think you can make adjustments offensively because you know where you're going with the ball. Defensively, you don't know where you're going and you put yourself in the position to react, so it was pretty tough for Patrick physically on the defensive end.
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar
"It was a great win for our guys. We lost to Stanford, but we played right. Most important was winning with Jon Brockman in foul trouble. For the last six or seven games we have been playing the right way."
On Jon Brockman's reduced minutes:
"We don't have a whole lot of games left, but for our psyche it was great. Even in practice, we lose something when Jon Brockman leaves the game."
On Cal's DeVon Hardin:
"Even with DeVon (Hardin) doing what he did in the first half his offensive rebounds were what hurt us."
On Cal's Ryan Anderson:
"He is probably the toughest match-up in this league. We were concentrating on him not getting touches."
"Well let's see what happens. As I've been saying, our team is playing some of its best basketball now. I just wish it had started sooner."