Arizona vs. California
January 5, 2000
Arizona Associate Head Coach Jim Rosborough Quotes
"It was a great game. We had a lot of confidence down the stretch, and we hit a lot of key free throws at the end. Everybody knows the trouble we've had with California in the past, and both teams really battled. California has a great club, but our players really stepped up and did a nice job across the board."
"He's (Michael Wright) strong, and if he's in the basket area, he is virtually unstoppable. I told the rest of the team that if we had a work horse in there that we had to get him the ball, and everyone did a nice job of getting Michael the ball. Everyone deserves a lot of credit for the win."
"Jason (Gardner) was very aggressive on defense, and he did a great job defending their second-leading scorer. Our team knows that our defense starts with Jason at point guard, and he just did a superb job for us. "
"Loren (Woods) knows that we can't have that (kind of behavior). I thought that he was playing one heck of a ball game, but we just can't tolerate that."
"I think we will just get better as we go through the league. Tonight we needed people to step up, and they did. I thought we put good pressure on them for the entire game, and we made them battle for their points."
"Well, Stanford is the No. 2 team in the nation, they are well-balanced, and they have veteran players just like we do. We know who's coming on Saturday, so I know we will show up and be ready to play."
University of Arizona player quotes
Sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas
"When I got going late in the second half, I started to want the ball more, and they got it to me. I have been down in myself and my play lately, and I finally started to get it together tonight. We have to play hard for the entire game, and we started to do that a little bit tonight.
"Our downfall this year has been at the end of the game. We need to pull together, and tonight we did that great. We have a great group of guys, and we decided to gel today. We had our scorer (Michael Wright) on the bench and Loren (Woods) was gone. We had to come together, and we did.
Sophomore forward Luke Walton
"It was a real emotional week, but we knew that we had to win this game. At times tonight, the intensity was there, actually it was pretty much there all game. We are still not at the level that we need to be at, but we are starting to get there."
Junior forward Michael Wright
"We had a lot of distractions this week, but we knew that we had to go out and play as hard as we could. We got after Cal, and it was a fight to the end."
On Cal's double teams:
"It was tough, but everyone started to say, Get the ball down to Mike.' I guess that after that I just executed well on the offensive end. If I was on the wing (and Cal double teamed), I told them not to get me the ball. A lot of my points come from stepping in at the top (of the lane).
"Tomorrow, we are going to have a tough practice and watch films to get ready for Stanford. We have an early game, so we are going to have to get some rest and come out hard for the entire game against them."
Senior center Loren Woods
"It was a bad game (for me). I had a lot of frustrations, but I can't let my emotions get the best of me, not tonight, not against Cal, not against Stanford, not in the NCAA Tournament. I just exploded out there.
"I was really frustrated all game out there, but it is like Coach Rosborough said, No excused from this point on.' I mad a mistake, but my teammates came in and really picked it up after that.
"Everytime I took a shot, I missed a shot. I was getting a lot of cheap fouls and things like that. It was like quicksand out there. I just kept getting lower, like I was going to die out there. Fortunately, the refs took care of that for me.
On his teammates:
"They played great. I came back in here (the lockeroom) and watched the game. It was great to see the intensity of the guys out there, diving for loose balls and going on the floor. It shouldn't take for me to get ejected, but the intensity is good."
California Head Coach Braun Quotes
"Our team played hard but we didn't have control in the end. We made mistakes and had way too many turnovers. Our guys are disappointed but we are taking responsibility. It is tough to lose but we can't make excuses. We need to keep improving and we will get better."
"I have to give Arizona credit. They made big plays when they needed to down the stretch. They played to the end and they worked for this win."
"Michael Wright had a great performance tonight. He is a warrior and has a great attitude. We tried to take him out of the game but we just couldn't. He was as good as advertised."
California Player Quotes
Forward Sean Lampley:
"On the last play we gave the ball to (forward Ryan) Forehan-Kelly and he banked that three. We then fouled (forward Richard) Jefferson, who hadn't been to the line yet, hoping that he would miss. But he hit them both so we pushed the ball and shot and it just didn't fall."
"My hat goes off to (forward Michael) Wright and to Arizona. Wright is a great player, he's been that way for the past few years and this year is no different. We had a game plan to double team him and he went right through that."
Center Solomon Hughes:
"As disappointing as it was to lose tonight we showed that we can play. We made some mistakes but overall we played well. We accomplished the greater goal tonight which was to play as a team, as a unit."
"Arizona is a strong, good team, it's like playing against an All-Star team, but at the same time they are beatable."