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Postgame Quotes: California at UCLA
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/11/2012

Feb. 11, 2012

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CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH Mike Montgomery

On the game
"We were a little more patient, I thought, in the second half. I thought we got some better shots. We were having a hard time. UCLA had some very good adjustments to what happened in the first game and I think we were thinking we could get the same stuff and we couldn't get the same stuff."

On UCLA controlling sophomore G Allen Crabbe
"[It] would be smart [for UCLA] to do. Al gave in to that a little bit and allowed them to take him out instead of looking for his shots. I don't think he was as aggressive as he needed to be. We got a lot of meaningful playing time with two-to-three guys off the bench because both our bigs had foul trouble, which wasn't our design. Our design was to get Josh Smith into foul trouble, not us. But it kind of worked in reverse, so we got two early fouls on David [Kravish], who played three minutes and Harper [Kamp], who was out a lot. We were fortunate to buy some time that way."

CALIFORNIA PLAYERS

Robert Thurman, Jr. F

On his contribution to the game
"I got fortunate, well, really not fortunate, because I needed to fill in because our bigs got in foul trouble. From the get-go, I knew that I was going to be up against Josh Smith because I am the biggest guy on the team. Our defensive intensity went down [when UCLA made its second-half run] and they also got some hype from the crowd. The crowd was there for the rest of the game and we let our defense down. We kept our cool and we knew we had it under control. Basketball is a game of runs and everyone gets them. They had theirs and we had ours."

UCLA HEAD COACH BEN HOWLAND

On the game
"That was a disappointing loss. I thought that three that Jerime [Anderson] hit at the end of the half would give us momentum. [Jorge] Gutierrez made some big shots. He had guys in his face and was still able to make those. He really played like a senior today. I was really disappointed that we dropped down to such a deficit. Some of our guys were hanging their heads, and at that point, I called a timeout to get on some of the guys. I think we had three costly charges in the first half that caused turnovers. The difference was that their turnovers led to points. I felt I should have played Brendan [Lane] more, especially the way we were shooting. I felt like he could have really helped us get some rebounds. [Justin] Cobbs played great for them, today. He was the key for them, especially in the second half. He really hurt us."

UCLA PLAYERS

Lazeric Jones, Sr. G

On the game
"
We had some turnovers at the end that they capitalized on. We have to really slow down and be more confident. They ran the pick-and-roll really well and they continued to go to that play. They really gained momentum using that play. I took some bad shots. It happens. It's just part of basketball."

David Wear, So. F

On the game
"They went on a run and it was disappointing that it happened again to start the second half. At least the lead didn't grow [as at Berkeley]. We decided to fight and compete hard. It was disappointing that I had just one rebound. That is unacceptable. I've got to do a better job rebounding."

Jerime Anderson, Sr. G

On the game
"We had some turnovers. It was bad communication. I was trying to force the issue at the end, but it was a little too late. They executed really well. They continuously were moving off their screens instead of just going through the motions. We missed [Anthony Stover]. His presence is important for us, out there."


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