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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/18/2004
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Release: 11/19/2004
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vs. Wright State, 11/18/2004

 

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“I thought we just came out and jumped on them hard. We had a quick defense.”

 

“The starters throughout the game I thought played very well defensively. I really felt that in the first half the returners came in and continued pressure on them and continued to score.”

 

“We were a little too quick inside and on defense for them to handle. But it always helps when Salim (Stoudamire) shoots the ball like he shot it.”

 

“Overall we were able to play a lot of people. I think we had eight guys with at least 20 minutes or more.”

 

“In the first half we moved the ball well. We had 13 or 14 assists out of 17 baskets. It’s great to see that we’re sharing the ball.”

 

“(Isaiah Fox) has been consistently our best rebounder.”

 

“What we were hoping is we would get a chance to go to New York. We’ll be playing better teams with better, bigger, more physical guys. We’ve got a couple of work-up games we’ll be able to learn something from.”

 

“We hoped by pressuring them we could go to the bench early and keep our starters fresh, and we did that.”

 

“I’m very happy with (Jawann) McClellan. You see why we’re so excited about him now that he’s defending. He’s on the offensive board all the time.”

 

On Junior Guard Chris Rodgers:

 

“He did a nice job, and it’s a good thing to see because he’s so used to scoring from high school that it’s hard to get him aware of the openings. He’s a great passer.”

 

On Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

 

“It obviously helps when Salim hits threes like he did. He’s worked hard on (releasing the ball). He keeps people honest. Mustafa (Shakur) was drawing the defense well for him. (Salim) is getting his shot off quick. It’s important for him to have this kind of shooting game. His shot is so pure. I told him the only way his shot is going to be messed up is if he thinks about it too much.”

 

“He did a great job defensively. I think (DeShaun) Wood had one basket in the first half. Other than that, (Salim) was great on defense.”

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire

“This game was a little better than Tuesday, but they came back in the second half.  We were not paying attention in the second half.”

 

“I credit my teammates for finding me when I am open.  When we get off and running, we can be a really tough team.  I was just shooting the ball, and it went in.”

 

“I was still feeling good in the second half.  It was just that (Wright State) was getting some big buckets.  Their shots were going in for them.”

 

“A lot of players do not know how to penetrate and kick the ball out, but Mustafa (Shakur) is great at that.”

 

Junior Guard Chris Rodgers

“We felt our rhythm early in the game.  We were hitting the open guy every time, and we were just playing hard.”

 

“We are going to need to really come together and play some tough defense on the road.  We need to be able to play for a solid 40 minutes.  It will be a good test of our toughness on the road.”

 

“I thought the whole team did a good job.  We just did a good job of hitting the open guy.  Salim (Stoudamire) had some great shots tonight.”

 

Junior Forward Isaiah Fox

It was real fun to get out there. The first half I felt a little out of place. I got tired early, but the adrenaline was pumping.”

 

“The reaction from the fans was real nice, especially with the standing ovation.”

 

“I just have to get back in the game. The more I get back, the fewer dumb mistakes I will make.”

 

“Physically I feel 100%, but in terms of feeling confident on the court I’m still at about 85%.”

 

Freshman Guard Jawann McClellan

“Coach Olson has told me that I need to be like Andre. I didn’t play that much in the first game, and I know I have to be ready whenever coach tells me to go in.”

 

“We were at full press in the beginning of the first half. We have enough people to do it, but we need to keep the intensity for the full 40 (minutes), not just 20.”

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