Postgame Quotes: California at Washington
Jan. 19, 2012
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY
On Washington's last possession
"We talked about fouling, but it's not something we worked on. Conventional wisdom; most coaches don't, but the way [Terrence] Ross had shot the ball, for example, we certainly thought about it. With [Aziz] N'Diaye, you worry about an offensive board, and potentially getting beat. That's the thing; not so much that they rebound, but they tip it back, and they get another shot. So now they're two, and they get another one. Boom. They win, so you hope that you can defend. We were trying to switch everything, and thought that Ross would probably get it. We were going to switch everything. We told them to drive him off the three-point line. We haven't had a lot of close games. Games we've lost, we've lost fairly substantially, other than San Diego State, so we haven't had a lot of situations like that, but in a 30-second timeout, it could be confusing. All of a sudden, the guy's in a shooting motion, and you foul him. That would be the worst thing you could do, so we elected not to. I think the thing that was the most discouraging was that they got a second look. Once you get them to miss, you have got to secure the ball. So that was a little bit concerning. If you make two free throws, you don't have that situation."
On playing well in the first half and Washington's second-half comeback
"They can be very, very aggressive, and in the second half, they did a little bit of the same thing they did to Washington State. They just got out and sold out. We turned the ball over too much; sometimes for no reason. And sometimes, those lead to easy shots for them; easy baskets. I thought in the half court, we did a good job defensively when we weren't turning it over. In the first half, they played a lot of zone. I think they're not as deep as they've been in the past."
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"We got beat by a good team. My biggest gripe, tonight, is that we kind of repeated our mistakes against Washington State. We didn't come out with the type of fire, and I shouldn't say fire because I thought we played hard, but not with the type of concentration we needed. It picked up more in the second half, but against a team like that, it wasn't good enough to overcome the deficit. Down the stretch, I thought our guys fought. We played extremely hard, but we came up on the short end obviously."
On Darnell Gant's shot at the end
"It was designed for Gant. The last game, he hit three three's. He's shooting over 40-percent. Sometimes, just because somebody is having an off night, if you look at the body of work they've put forth, you've got to take that chance. He's shooting a good percentage, and usually knocks those down."
On Abdul Gaddy's aggression in the second half
"We talked about it at halftime. [That] he needed to play with a lot more aggression. Being aggressive doesn't always just mean taking more shots. Some people get that twisted. You might get eight rebounds or 10 assists. Some kind of way though, you have to be in attack mode, and I thought he was more in the second half. With C.J. [Wilcox] being out, we need that with him.
On coming back on a team like Cal
"It's very difficult. They're very efficient. I was pleased we were able to force them into 17 turnovers. A team like that doesn't do that very often. They are very efficient offensively, but I thought Allen Crabbe, who is a great player, Terrence [Ross] played 38 hard minutes, hounding him, and I think he did a very good job. When a team gets down like we did, it's tough to come all the way back. The worst thing I think we did, early, was we didn't get back, in transition, and we allowed too much dribble penetration."
Terrence Ross, So. G
On being down going in to the second half, two games in a row
"We always have the mindset that if we are up in the second half, we have to just maintain. If we're down, we obviously have to fight back, and we have to come back and win. We just always have to have that mindset or it's no point trying to come out and play in the second half."
On Cal being able to drive into the lane and penetrate
"I think it was just us having too many mental errors, and letting the players go by. It was our fault. It's something that we have to work harder at and something we definitely have to get better at. We're not going to stand a chance in this league if we don't. It's something that we have to work on."
On Abdul Gaddy's aggressiveness
"Abdul is probably the smartest--he has the highest basketball IQ on the team. If he knows a certain defense is going to play one way, one night, he will make adjustments, and tonight, he knew he had to be assertive, and aggressive, and that's what he did. It really helped us out in the second half. When Abdul drives, it gets other defenders' attention, so he knew he had to help more rather than just sitting and trying to deny another player. It was really helpful because he was really getting to the basket and reading the defense correctly."
On his game
"I feel like what I'm working on in practice is starting to show. In the first half, I don't know what was wrong, but I wasn't playing my style of basketball. But in the second half, I gathered myself, and played hard on the offense and defensive end. I was doing what I could to help the team out."
Aziz N'Diaye, Jr. C
On the over the back call
"I think those kinds of calls happen in games. Obviously, I was going for the rebound and I didn't feel like I got the defender, but the ref made the call, and then I was in foul trouble."