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Cal-ASU Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/17/2008

Jan. 17, 2008

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California head coach Ben Braun

On Cal's ability to score against ASU being negated by the Bears' inability to get defensive stops: We shot 60 percent in the second half against a pretty stingy defense, a pretty stingy zone, so if you go back, I was disappointed because we didn't the stops we needed. We just struggled to get defensive consistency. We gave up a combined 60 for the first and second half percentage. That's painful because we're not going to beat a lot of teams if we give up that, especially a good team. It's encouraging that we were able to get some scores against their zone, but we ended up trading baskets, and that wasn't our intention to trade baskets, we were trying to get some stops.

On the Sun Devils who hurt Cal most tonight: I thought Jeff Pendergraph played extremely well. He got great position on us. I thought we did a great job on (James) Harden in the first half. We held him to two points, and he goes for 25 in the second. Adding up those two factors, that was tough. (Ty) Abbot's a great shooter. You're not going to stop everybody. I was disappointed because I thought we let Jeff Pendergraph get some great position on us early, and I also thought we didn't do a very effective job on Harden in the second half.

On the strategy at the end of regulation, when Cal had a three-point lead with 20 seconds remaining: We said no threes. What we didn't do well on that particular sequence, we said to our guys, hey, they can get a two but let's not give them a good three. We were going to switch out. We have a rule that whoever's man sets the last screen is the help man, whether it's a ball screen or a stagger screen. It would have been a lot tougher if we would have switched out and gotten a hand up. That's just a play where you have to communicate. You hate to see a game come down to one shot, but that was a huge play because it got them into overtime.

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek

On the game as a whole: "It was a hard-fought game. Both teams played a high level of offense. We were lucky - in a hard-fought game it tilted our way. On some occasions we had to have near perfect plays, and we did."

On winning in overtime: "I know one team finished with more points, but both teams are really winners the way they played."

On key players: "Both teams had guys making good shots. Jeff (Pendergraph), James (Harden) and Ty (Abbott) did well. We were trailing in some crucial situations and he (Abbott) stepped up. I thought (Ryan) Anderson was spectacular. He had 32 (points) and (15 rebounds); a lot of guys can't do that without a defense."

On preparing for Stanford: "This league is amazing. Stanford is up there as one of the better teams in the conference, just like Cal. With a short turnaround after a double overtime game we are going to have to refill our tanks and be ready for Saturday."

On ASU's young players: "They (the young players) are playing with a lot of confidence. Our older guys have helped them a lot."

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