Dec. 8, 2010
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"I have to start off by giving Cal State Fullerton a lot of credit. They're a great team, and their point guard, Webster is a constant. He runs the show and makes his teammates better. We didn't have an answer for Jer'Vaughn Johnson down low, and we didn't have an answer for Orane Chin either. Peltier is a great shooter, and I definitely saw us make a lot of mistakes that we made a year ago, that led to him getting nineteen points."
"I'm disappointed with our team and the lack of effort and togetherness that we showed tonight. At the beginning, there was no leadership on the court when we needed it, and we were definitely bailed out by Derrick Williams. He was no doubt the best on the court tonight. We took advantage of our size against them, and were able to break the game open in the eight minute mark to the four minute mark of the second half. It gave us a cushion that we needed, or this would have been a one possession game that could have gone either way. If we played this team a year ago, we would have lost."
"Our depth and ability to sub saved us tonight. That span in the eight minute mark to the four minute mark in the second half, we had some great plays on both offense and defense. We definitely could have won by a bigger margin."
"Kevin Parrom had four assists, went five for seven from the field, and played 18 minutes, and was really active in all parts of the game. He made some good passes, grabbed some offensive rebounds, and took a couple very good shots. He is a player that a year ago, we didn't have. This year we had the luxury of subbing, which really helped us out."
"We were very nonchalant to start the game. In the first four minutes we had three turnovers, and we definitely could have had five. We were sloppy. We don't have the talent to come in like we are supposed to win. Fullerton did a great job, and has a couple individual players that really stand out. Webster is a great point guard, and he makes his teammates better."
"The guys really need to see this game on film. The hardest lesson to learn is that when you look as bad as they did tonight, it really stands out. We need to get back together going into our next game in Salt Lake City, or BYU's Jimmer Fredette is going to make another record on us, and we're going to lose big, like last year. It's all based on how much we can learn from this game. BYU is solid on defense and their backcourt is probably one of the most skilled in the country. The way we played tonight does not give me much confidence going into this weekend's game."
Arizona Player Quotes
On matching his career high 12 points:
"It was no different. I was just taking open shots and being aggressive and doing what coach told me to do."
On the slow start:
"I think I come to play every day. The first half, I didn't play well. I think I had back-to-back turnovers. That's not me."
At the half:
"It wasn't the score, just the way we were playing. If we come out that way in the first half against BYU bad things will happen."
On Cal State Fullerton's defense:
"They were switching between man and zone. They usually don't go 2-3 so they probably watched film on us and switched it. We have to come to play whether they do man or zone."
On the game:
"We have to come out and play harder whether it's a tournament game or a Pac-10 game. We can't take people for granted."
On Kevin Parrom:
"We have to tell Kev to shoot the ball more. He came out and played excellent tonight. He was like the kid I saw growing up. He was aggressive. Whatever we were doing, he was playing hard."
On where the team stands after nine games:
"We just have to be patient and pick our spots. We have to do a better job. Our job is to practice for it and pick it apart. Our defense is much better than last year. Through our first nine games we played great defense. Tonight we might not have been as successful, but we got the victory."