Cal-UCLA Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/06/2010

Jan. 6, 2010


California Head Coach Mike Montgomery

On the offensive struggles
I don't know what you want to call it. We were not very good. We didn't have any energy. They outhustled us to every loose ball, and they out-rebounded us significantly. I made a mistake. Nikola Dragovic was shooting 20 percent from three, and we tried to step off and he hit some threes. We didn't do a very good job rotating on that and that kept them alive for awhile. We just could not get anything going in terms of defensive stops, cleanly rebounding the ball, getting out on the break and getting some easy stuff. So we constantly had to play against the half court. We had a very difficult time moving the ball against the zone. We've got to solve that somehow. We're going to have to move some people in different spots so that the ball is moving a little quicker. Every time we tried to run something we put the ball down on the floor and tried to make a play individually. We went two of 17 for three, which is very uncharacteristic for us. Despite all that, we have a stop at the end and we're up one and the ball is right there, but we try to dribble it out instead of just grab it, and it falls right into (Michael) Roll's hands and he makes the shot. It's really disappointing. Sometimes I don't understand how we cannot treat a UCLA game as a big, big game in terms of coming out full of fire. We didn't seem to have that.

All and all, it's going to be something that will really hurt us in terms of the way that we came out and approached this game. It seemed pretty dead and we couldn't get the crowd going and rightly so, there wasn't much to get excited about.

On the bench
We challenged them off the bench, but you can't blame any of the guys off the bench for not coming in and trying to give us that energy. We challenged them in term of picking up Jorge's slack. I can't blame them. They came in and actually did a pretty good job. We just didn't get a real good performance from our starters.

On the aggressiveness
We never got into a one-on-one in the second half. That tells you something about your aggressiveness. You're settling for jump shots, you're not getting to the glass and you're not aggressive enough. In some respects we should have been up by 15 or 18 in the first half if we had done anything. We let them get in the second half and didn't do a very good job of getting to Roll. We got caught on some screens. We talked about getting through them.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
On the game:
I think it's a great shooting gym, but it's not a great shooting gym from the foul line; only from three. I'm just really happy for our players. I thought (Tyler) Honeycutt's play on the boards was really big for us today. He did a great job for us there.

On the game-winning shot:
Honestly, at the end of the game on the last play, we were lucky. The bounce went our way. I'm just really happy for our guys. It was a big win for us, obviously, to win on the road against a very good team, which I think Cal is. We showed some resiliency and we showed some toughness not to give in. This is a huge win for us. As disappointing and as down as our last game was, I thought we showed some good bounce-back to come out here and win on the road against a very well-coached team.

On the offense:
We had good shots early in this game. I thought we did a better job with our shot selection, we just weren't making them.

On Jerome and Patrick:
I think they both (Jerome Randle & Patrick Christopher) are outstanding NBA prospects. The guy who really killed us today was (Theo) Robertson. He was fantastic. He's always played well against us. He seems to have our number.

UCLA Guard Michael Roll

On the game-winning shot:
We didn't get the ball on the first play and they made a good play. Then we got the ball up to Jeremy for a ball screen up top and Reed was open. He looked for Reed up top and the ball bounced around and Randle touched it and he bobbled it and I turned and shot it and it went in.