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Arizona Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2004
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Feb. 26, 2004

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Head Coach Lute Olson:

"I'm at a loss. I'm embarrassed in terms of our understanding of what needs to be done."

"I thought Hassan Adams played really, really tough. He competed hard and he made some defensive mistakes, but he was hustling."

"We gave up too many cheap shots. We just have to think on our feet."

"Jason Ranne came in and did a really good job. Defensively, he did as good a job on penetration as anybody. He knows if someone's a shooter or a driver like Bobby Jones."

"When Mustafa (Shakur) gets into foul trouble, it's something we can't afford. He had five assists in the first half. We needed that to continue in the second half."

"We know when Tre (Simmons) comes off the bench, he's going to do a good job."

"(Hakeem) Rollins came in and really played hard. (He scored) 22 of 36 points off the bench, as opposed to our situation."

"We did a great job of getting back into the game, but we couldn't close it out."

"I thought we made a good run in the middle of the second half and really had a chance to get it done. We got it down to one, got them to miss a shot, and they got the offensive rebound and put it back in."

"We played like we have no clue of what is needed."

"With Salim (Stoudamire) out, we couldn't afford to have Mustafa (Shakur) or any of our guys in foul trouble."

"We gave up eight transition baskets just by guards not doing their jobs."

"Washington played hard and aggressively. They got great play off the bench by (Tre) Simmons and (Hakeem) Rollins."

"It just seems like we're incapable of putting 40 minutes of hard, aggressive play together. I apologize for it, and the coaches apologize for it. We've got to compete as if our lives depend on it."

"Everyone in this program has a responsibility. I don't care if it's the lead scorer or the 12th guy on the team."

"The lack of our ability to inspire guys to play like their life depended on it is getting old for me. That's been a tradition of Arizona basketball. This team has gotten beat because we don't play consistently hard."

Arizona Player Quotes

Guard Chris Rodgers:

"Washington played a good game. It was an intense game, and was close at the end. We just didn't put it away."

"We try to come out and play as a team every night."

"We tried to press, but when you press it leaves some players open occasionally. Washington just was able to make the plays."

On not having Salim Stoudamire:

"It is difficult not having Salim because he is a big part of this team. We want him back as soon as possible, because we need everyone on this team to be at our best."

"We feel we are going to win every game. They just played well, and made the plays they needed to make down the stretch."

Guard Salim Stoudamire

On sitting out tonight

"It was just immature actions on my part, and it was detrimental to the team."

"It was because of things that happened after the game, and things off court."

"The fact that we lost made it tough. I'm glad that I was able to support my teammates."

"This is a learning experience. I definitely won't do what I did again. I don't want to jeopardize my team losing like tonight."

Guard Mustafa Shakur

"It was real tough playing out there with fouls. It was hard to get into a groove when I was constantly getting fouls."

On not having Salim Stoudamire:

"At times we were fine. We missed Salim because he is a big part of this team. But not having him out there tonight is no excuse for us losing."

"The last couple of games I have been patient, trying to get other players involved. I guess I just need to be more aggressive."

"I think we are still fine. We are going to make a run at the end of the season. Other players on our team need to step up to get the wins."

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