Jan. 11, 2009
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SEATTLE, Wash. -
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On the game:
"That was Lazarus. We rose from the dead a lot of times. We had some opportunities to actually win it to. Those kids really battled. We had a lineup we liked, but Patrick [Christopher] had to play 53 minutes and they were going at him. He escaped for a long time. We did have many choices though, because we had to score the ball. All of our guys had four fouls and they were hanging in there defensively. Washington is physical. Our probably was that we couldn't cleanly rebounding the ball. Our defense was good. We were making them miss, but we couldn't rebound. Brockman just keeps it alive and one of their long guys comes in and rebounds the ball. But we made some huge plays. For us that was just a really gutsy win. Washington is really good. Kids are gutsy. The experience of being in a close game like this is big. The experience of how to handle the situations late in the clock is good. We actually told Patrick to miss the last shot, but he didn't follow instructions."
"This is going to be a tough road trip for people to come on because Washington is tough. The styles are really different. One is a slow down and one picks it up. We struggled early against the press. We got passive."
"It was a clearly a foul, but to get that whistle at the time was like, `you don't want to call that'. He almost had to because it was obvious. It was a really a foul. If it was a 50-50 he probably wouldn't have gotten it, but you have to give him credit for making that call in that situation."
California junior Patrick Christopher
"Everything is kind of blurry now that we're in the locker room screaming and yelling. Coaching came through big time. It feels great. That was a great road win for us and road sweep and we showed a lot of heart out there. We it counted we buckled down and got stops, got rebounds and we hit some free throws."
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
"It was a great game against Stanford, and tonight we had 55 minutes of great, hard-fought basketball. Give Cal a lot of credit for being mentally tough on the road to come out and squeak out a triple overtime victory. You've got to give them a lot of credit--there's a reason they've been doing so well and why they're undefeated. Patrick Christopher is a great basketball player, he made great shots. Their trio did a great job, especially in the overtime periods. We obviously had our chances and we have to nobody to blame but ourselves. We did a lot of things to get a victory in this game, but we did too many things to let it slip away."
Washington senior Jon Brockman:
"It's just hard to lose, period. We don't really want to lose, ever. They really tried to spread us out [in the last part of the game and OT], then ran that sprinting high on ball up there, and they made some good shots. It's even harder when it's something you put so much emphasis on in the off-season, as an entire team. Sometimes, the ball just falls short and you've just got to get back up and keep shooting."