Dec. 5, 2009
Cal Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On his overall thoughts on the game:
I was happy with a lot of things. It's the first time in a long time that we have had some energy. Hopefully we're climbing out of this trough a little bit. We have been struggling with guys being sick and not having a lot of energy, and I thought we had some tonight. Being at home certainly didn't hurt. I thought we played hard on defense; we caused them some problems. I thought we shared the ball. Omondi was huge on offense, which gave us some lift. I thought Max was great. Craig Brackins is a good player and Max really did a nice job. We wanted to take away the kick-out shots to their shooters, which we did. Lucca Staiger didn't have any, and he is a great at that. We were willing to take our chances with Brackins. We felt like if we shut the others out, we'll be fine. I think Max's length was a factor. He was smart to stand straight up without fouling, so I thought he was huge in there. It looks like Markhuri is back on the mend a little bit, so it was good.
On playing without the usual starters for much of the season:
Obviously, you don't ever anticipate getting hurt, but we have had a couple of key players out. We played hard in New Mexico. I couldn't fault our effort. It was just a tough set of circumstances for us and I'm glad to see us get our swagger back a little bit. It looked like we were enthused and it seemed like we were having fun helping each other on the defensive end and getting to the glass.
On Jerome Randle's Play:
Jerome was very good. He came to practice yesterday and he played his tail off. He was aggressive and running, and that's what he needs to do. Nine assists and he would have had some others with shots that people would generally make. He would have easily been in double-figures. I don't think you'll see him go 0-for-7 from three very often, but he did, and still he ends up with a really good game. That's the kind of leadership we need from him. He had to guard Lucca Staiger. It was his job not to let him get any, and he did that. He took him off the ball and he tried to get under on Garrett Diante. He did everything we asked him to do. There is probably a little bit of Patrick and Jerome missing some shots that they normally would not miss because they put a lot of effort in on defense. We'll take that trade-off because I think if we get over that, we'll be in pretty good shape.
Iowa State Head Coach Greg McDermott:
On the game
We had a tough week. We lost two one-possession games earlier in the week. We played pretty well for the first 15 minutes. Then the last five minutes of the first half, they went on that big run and that set the tone for the second half. We were really unable to stop them coming out of the gate to start that second half. That was the difference in the game.
I'm so impressed with Randle, he controls the game. He is so good with the ball and he gets into the paint. He has unbelievable vision and I thought he made that extra pass tonight. I think he passed up some opportunities for himself that led to some open threes for his teammates. They have two experienced guards like Randle and Patrick [Christopher]. They also have Boykin inside. We were able to get him in foul trouble, and I never felt like we took full advantage of that. Anytime you have experienced guards as talented as Cal does you're going to have a chance to have a great basketball team.
On Jerome Randle
He plays like a veteran. He changes speeds and that makes him look really fast. He can almost come to a stop and then he is back to full speed in a relatively short period of time. That makes him difficult to guard. One of the things we wanted to do was keep him off the free throw line. I thought we did a decent job of that. He is just too good.