Feb. 4, 2010
LOS ANGELES -
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery:
"Well, it's like a broken record. The same old thing, but I don't remember a team going on a 25-0 run on us ever."
"USC is a physical team. USC gets after it. USC defends."
"Simmons is a very good defender and made it very difficult on Jerome. He couldn't do everything. We needed other guys to step up."
"We had a chance to tie it and missed a free thrown. Then Gerrity's two three's late were huge."
"We just got killed on the boards and how many layups did we miss? Unbelievable." "They can defend you. They get physical and they can attack you."
"Jerome just decided he didn't want to lose. He just started making plays. We need more guys to think like that."
"We need to decide as a basketball team what we are willing to do to win close games. It is disappointing to have two opportunities to win in the last two games and fail to seal the deal."
USC Head Coach Kevin O'Neill
"I'm extremely proud of our team. I'm not proud of the way we started. We were lethargic. But we fought as hard an any group I've had has fought in a long time. We decided to size down late in the first half and we stayed with it."
"Despite an unbelievably hot hand by Randle, the fact that we could still win says a lot. He's a tremendous player.
"I liked the way we executed at the end. Those were some huge free throws by Nikola. I'm very excited we got the win and excited for the team. I hope we can keep it going."
(On what spurred the 25-0 run)--"We started playing defense. We were in as bad a period as we've been all year. But we did a good job bouncing back and guarding people. We held them to 38% shooting."
"Simmons is the best guy to guard a guy who is going off. He made it tough on Randle. And I liked the job we did on the other guys."
"Gerrity's late 3's were huge. They're over there saying he doesn't hit 3's. He played like a senior point guard tonight."
"That was a heck of a win for us, coming off some disappointing losses on the road. I hope we stay focused.