Arizona vs. Oregon State
March 1, 2001
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes"This definitely was not a pretty game. Oregon State plays the way they have to with the eight guys that they have. They hang onto it as long as possible. We told our guys that they were going to have to be patient on both sides of the ball. I thought we stayed patient on defense, but we did a miserable job with opportunities offensively. We made a lot of poor decisions with the ball."
"Our reserves really got us going in the first half. But, it seemed like when we got up by 18 or so, we lost interest. We should not have had 13 turnovers. We made a lot of bad decisions with the ball because guys were trying to make too many difficult plays. This should have been a game where we kept turnovers in single digits."
"We did a very good job defensively. I was pleased that we kept Oregon State to five offensive rebounds, and it was good that we held them to 5-of-23 from the three-point area. It was great that we held them to only 38 percent shooting for the game."
"I was disappointed with our shooting, especially because we shot only 32 percent in the second half. We showed tonight that we are not a good decision-making team when it comes to running the fast break."
"Saturday's game is going to be a different story because Oregon gets the ball down the court quicker than any other team in the country. They have a quality freshman point guard, and he will be a factor. Their wings can really get the ball out quickly, and they have a lot of guys inside who will bang people around. It is going to be a very physical game inside."
"It is great that this group has continued the tradition of earning 20 wins for the 14th consecutive season. Great things have happened this season, and we expect to make our 17th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Richard Jefferson"For the most part, we felt like this was a successful game for 40 minutes. Were just worried about whom we play next. Our next game is the last game in McKale for our seniors, so we are only worried about that."
On Luke Walton:
"Thats what we expect of him. Hes just like another starter. If we could play six men at a time, hed be out there."
"Its hard when one team is playing sloppy for the other team to get things going. This was a learning experience for our younger guys. And for the most part, we all did what we needed to do."
Sophomore Luke Walton"It was good (to play and win this game) because we havent played in a while. You might face a team like that (Oregon State) in the tournament, so its good to practice against teams like this."
"Oregon is a good team. They beat us, so we are looking for some revenge. They are going to be ready, a win would really make their season that much better, with a sweep of Arizona. They are going to bring their game and we are going to bring ours."
"The whole team was playing really good. When the bench got in, we also started playing really good."
"Thats what weve been working on all year, to be playing well at this time of year, right before the tournament."
"We have to keep the intensity and we have to learn to do that every game for 40 minutes. We bring a lot of energy to the court."
"I think Rich (junior Richard Jefferson) has definitely been really solid the last couple of games. He has stepped his game up the last couple of weeks."
Senior Loren Woods"Im always happy with a win. We didnt look great, but neither team did. They did a pretty good job at slowing us down. We still got the win. We put them away. I think we did a decent job."
"You cant take away the relationships I have with these guys. Im glad I came back for that. After the season is over, Im going to have to go back to the drawing board."
Oregon State Head Coach Ritchie McKay "We had flashes of us fighting hard tonight but we need to play hard the entire game against a great team like Arizona. They have the ability to go to their bench and we dont have that luxury. We are short handed this year. (Arizona) is deep in their lineup with Eugene Edgerson, Luke Walton and Justin Wessel. We tried to be competitive but Arizona was in control of the game."
"In the second half Arizona didnt find their rhythm but we cant play catch up at that point. Especially not on the road against a good team."
"We had open looks under the basket but they werent going down. We have to make shots early and we had the chance but it didnt happen. Now we have to regroup and try to succeed against Arizona State."
Oregon State Player Quotes
Guard Jimmy Haywood"This was a tough game. We didn't do what we need to do in the first half and we dug ourselves too big of a hole. Our big guys got in foul trouble early and as thin as we are, we need everybody healthy. In the first half we had a lot of mental lapses and it hurt us. Instead of just playing and do what we do best, we were thinking too much out on the court."
"We had a lot of open looks, we just didn't hit our shots."
On logging several minutes a game:
"I am having a lot of fun this year. Unfortunately we are not winning as much as we should be. When we come together and play as a team like we did in the second half we can compete with anybody."
On what the team has to play for the rest of the season:
"We have a couple of games left and we just need to come together as a team and build momentum at the end of the season. These games are the last for our seniors and we need to send them out on a winning note."