Cal-Washington State Postgame Quotes
Jan. 31, 2008
California Head Coach Ben Braun
On the game...
"I thought Patrick (Christopher) defended well in the second half on Kyle Weaver, and Jamal (Boykin) showed a lot of energy guarding in the post, and Ryan (Anderson) played well with the four fouls coming down the stretch."
"We needed to play well in the second half, because they have great players, and I felt we did a good job of doing that."
"We've been so close in so many games, and this was another game where we had the lead throughout the game, and our guys drew a line in the sand and said `we've got to close.' Our guys believed in each other."
"I'm really proud of our team's effort. I think in the end you have to come together and tonight our guys really wanted this, and we were able to pull it out."
On WSU's defense
"Give Washington State credit their defense is always tough, they play great position defense, and I thought our guys did a great job of rotating the ball and we were able to cash in."
Forward Jamal Boykin
On the late block on Daven Harmeling...
"When they we're coming down the court, I whispered to Harmeling `this play's coming to you,' and for a second I lost him, but out of the corner of my eye I saw him and I ran there as fast as I could, and it ended up being a huge play for us."
WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett
"Take your hat off. They came on the road without one of their big guns in (DeVon) Hardin and were good. They caused some matchup problems for us."
On the Pac-10...
"We can take nothing for granted. Not that we do, but it's a battle. It's a good league and it's a battle. We have limitations, we have some strengths, but it's not easy and we have to keep scrapping and fighting and learn from it. You're looking at the best league in the country."
Guard Taylor Rochestie
On the game...
"I think it was a situation where when we needed a big stop, we couldn't get it. Towards the end of the game I think we gave them too many easy shots and didn't execute the way we should have and put ourselves in a bad situation."
On Ryan Anderson...
"Yeah, he is a good scorer. We knew he could shoot and we knew he could score in multiple ways and I think our team defense could have been better. Once you let one of the top scorers in the league get going, you can't expect him to start missing a bunch."