California @ Arizona
March 11, 2000
ARIZONA HEAD COACH LUTE OLSON QUOTES
"This Pac-10 Championship definitely holds a special place for me considering the kinds of odds the guys have faced all season, and what they accomplished is amazing. We had three freshmen in the starting lineup for practically the entire Pac-10 season, and to win the title really says something about the character, toughness and determination of these guys."
"It was not easy to come back after such an emotional game Thursday night. But, the good thing for us was that we got good shots, and we made the free throws when we really needed them."
"I thought we did a good job all-around, especially defensively. California did a great job, and we knew (Ryan) Forehan-Kelly was an outstanding shooter. We made them take some hard shots, but with Forehan-Kelly, his range is so long, and he did a great job. We also knew we couldn't give (Sean) Lampley any opportunities to score down low or to get fouled."
"This game was a little bit scary when you look at the numbers for us, and we were really concerned about our players getting into foul trouble. I thought Rick (Anderson) did a nice job off the bench."
"We had some big shots at some critical times. Gilbert (Arenas) shot a three-pointer that was crucial when we had been losing some ground in the second half. I was glad to see that he was much more involved on the offensive boards in the second half, and that really helped us get back to even rebounds by the end of the game."
"We need to shoot better than 41 percent, and we have to be ready to play. We had four turnovers in the first five possessions of the game, so we need to do a better job of staying focused. At this point, freshness is more important than anything else, and we have to be ready to get the job done wherever we play." California Head Coach Ben Braun Quotes:
"We played hard tonight, so that's something we can be proud of, but it was a frustrating loss. To see Arizona go to the line 41 times is tough, especially when they were short-handed today. We wanted to keep them on the perimeter but couldn't get it done. Arenas did what he does so well, which is keep them (Arizona) in there when the lead dropped a little bit."
"We didn't help our cause at the free throw line either. "A" we didn't get there and "B" we didn't make our shots when we did get there. It was a frustrating game, but we were playing the best team in the Pac-10 Conference."
"Tonight, it was more of a case of what Arizona did against us. They made the big shots when they had to and Michael Wright did what he does so well in the post."
"Ryan Forehan-Kelly had a 102-degree temperature before the game today. Then in the game he took over and led us. We have to get good offense from him if we are going to be successful. He led us in scoring, he was second on the team in boards and played a ton of minutes. It was a great game for him."
"We can't afford to rush against teams like Arizona. They started to back off because of foul trouble and we didn't make it happen for ourselves. It happened because we have young guys who rushed themselves tonight."