Feb. 11, 2010
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery:
On the game:
Well, they're a good basketball team. They're very athletic. They're very disciplined. They play hard. They've got good depth. Fortunately, we came out, gave a good effort, and out-rebounded, which is something we were concerned about. We got killed on the boards up there [in Seattle]. We had one stretch where we turned it over. We got tired. Omondi [Amoke] got two fouls early, and then he got a shoulder bruise. Patrick [Christopher] got three fouls--we didn't play him. Jorge [Gutierrez] got three fouls, so we had a problem there. So, we changed a bit, depth-wise. We hung in there. Jerome [Randle] obviously did extremely well. Theo [Robertson] did a very nice job on [Quincy] Pondexter--he only had 17, but he had to take 15 shots to get it. The one thing we had trouble with was transition. I thought there were some random calls, just no fouls. Every time someone drove, it was like they called a foul. So that hurt us because we got frustrated. Patrick, in particular, got frustrated. It was a great win. Now the challenge is to play a back-to-back. Washington State is very solid, very good. Our natural tendency is to say, `Well, we beat them up there.' That's the last thing we need. Pretty good performance, all-in-all.
On Jorge Gutierrez:
Well, we knew [Isaiah] Thomas had three fouls and he had to guard somebody. Really, Jorge is one of our better post-offensive players to begin with. We wanted to find a way to try to get the ball into the low post. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish with that. He made a really nice pass to Jamal [Boykin] out there. He's good at the low-post. He's got good sense. When he get's into somebody, he may not get off of him. That's kind of what we assume. He's pretty competitive. We felt like Thomas would be a liability if we didn't make him pay for having 3 fouls. That's why we took some of the other guys out.
On the team building as the season progresses>:
I think the key for us is trying to stay healthy. If we can get Markhuri [Sanders-Frison] in there some, it gives us a physical presence inside. D.J. [Seeley] did a nice job. Max [Zhang] could probably play in some games coming up. I think we need to understand how we have to play, that's critical, number one. Two, we need to get more guys involved so we can rest some people, so we don't work on ourselves because they get banged up, and that's critical.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Cal did a tremendous job. They really hit the boards hard and I thought that was the difference in the first half, their ability to go out and get second chance points.
I thought with the exception of rebounding that we did okay tonight. Early on we had really good looks at the basket but weren't able to convert. We weren't able to force them into a lot of turnovers and we weren't able to get them to play too fast. I thought the rebounds made a big difference. We could have done a better job that way. But I didn't think we came out not ready to play or not focused.
We knew Jerome Randle would be ready to play and he had an outstanding game. The guy is a really good offensive basketball player. If you look around this league and you look at Jerome Randle the last two years, this isn't the first night that he's done something like this. I don't think he forced a whole lot. I thought he played within himself. He was zeroed in and focused and played very efficient basketball. It's hard to stop him.
I thought we came back in the second half and fought back. I don't think we quit at all.