Jan. 6, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - California head coach Mike Montgomery
On his team's performance
"I'll take that (loss) and a commitment like that. I know wins and losses are the whole deal, but they came together as a team and played with a lot of heart. I can't complain about that. They feel bad and they should, but that tells me they are committed. Arizona just lost to Oregon State the other night so nobody is really invincible in the conference. I just want us to play good basketball. As long as they care and they play hard, I can't find fault with that."
On attacking Derrick Williams and Arizona big men while on offense
(Laughing) "A lot of good that did us. We knew Horne had four fouls, so we were trying to set up plays to get to him because we felt like he wouldn't play defense aggressively, but Williams had no fouls and played as aggressive as he wanted and that made it tough."
On team's improvement
"Slowly but surely. This is a great group of kids. ure, you'd like to be able to jump higher or run faster, but as long as they commit to playing hard and do the extra things, then I don't have a problem with that."
Junior forward Harper Kamp
On if loss was hardest of season
"They're all hard for me. That's one thing coach told us, though, is that when you are committed it hurts a lot more, and this one hurt. If you're not committing, then you don't care and this is a team that cares.
On moving on
"We expect to be able to play with everyone in the Pac-10. We know that we can beat anyone in the Pac-10 on any given night if we play with a lot of effort and just do the little things right."
Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison
On if loss was hardest of season:
"Definitely. We played hard from the jump and got down. We showed our will to get back and in the lead and just came up short in the end."
On his second-half shooting
"The coaches just told me to keep shooting and they were behind me. I'm just too big down there to not shoot the ball."