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Arizona-UCLA Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2002
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Jan. 19, 2002

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes

"We certainly got into a big hole against an outstanding basketball team. In the first half, all of the energy was on their side, and we had no energy. We were in serious trouble, and UCLA just shot the lights out in the first half. They have excellent shooters who will shoot well if you let them take the shots."

"We got some energy in the second half, and we extended the pressure. We made them do things that they did not want to do, and we got some rebounds, which allowed us to run. We made them miss, we had some steals and turnovers, and we had some great opportunities offensively. We came back on a team with serious fire power."

"We had a lot of guys who had outstanding performances for us in the second half. Our defensive pressure in the second half was key, and a big key to the defense was the play of our freshman guards. Will Bynum created a lot of problems for (Ryan) Walcott, and Salim Stoudamire did a good job on (Jason) Kapono."

"Channing Frye did a fabulous job for us today. He did a nice job of moving his feet and deflecting shots rather than blocking shots. Channing did a good job of being patient, and he was able to alter several shots as a result of his defense."

UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin Quotes

"First half we played as well as we have played all season. Second half we played worse than we have played all season. In the first half we made more shots because we got some good looks. Arizona stepped it up in the second half. They did a great job pressuring the ball. With (Dan) Gadzuric out, Arizona took advantage of the opportunity. Throughout his career when he's in the game we are much better team. Without him we are not as good in the paint."

"I watched tape from the Oregon State game where Arizona was down by 21 at home. They are capable of coming back. They made some runs and we didn't get organized. I really like Arizona's team. We knew that they were going to make a run. They have a lot of talented young players. They have great leaders in (Jason) Gardner and (Luke) Walton."

"With a 20 point lead we got this false sense of security. We started to settle for too many threes. We didn't get the ball inside. We didn't make enough passes. We shot quick and allowed Arizona to get some shots. We didn't give ourselves a chance to draw more fouls. I wanted our seniors to win in McKale. This is a tough place to win. It's one of the toughest places to play in college basketball."

Arizona Player Quotes

Junior Jason Gardner:
"We came out with a slow start and they came out hot. Then they started missing and we were making shots. That's how we did it."

"(Jason) Kapono was hitting some big shots. Every time we would make a run, he would hit a big three. It was a lot of enjoyment out there. It was a great win."

On biggest wins ever:
"This is up there. To be down 20 against UCLA and come back, it's up there. Our quickness is always a factor. With Ricky (Anderson) and Luke (Walton) and Salim (Stoudamire), we are quick. We just try to use that to our advantage."

Junior Luke Walton:
"It's huge. The way we played these two games builds a lot of confidence. We're one of the main teams in this conference. We had high expectations coming into the season, even though other people didn't."

"Will (Bynum) and Salim (Stoudamire) hit some of the biggest shots of the game."

On coming close to another triple-double:
"I was just looking for the win."

"We've been in this program long enough so we are used to winning. We'll do whatever it takes to win. I think the freshmen are starting to do that too. Getting down by 17 or 18 doesn't mean we are going to quit. Playing a game like this proves a lot more to our freshmen. Doing this showed our freshmen that we are never out of a game."

"UCLA and Stanford have been our biggest rivals so beating one of them is always a little more special."

"Today Jason was in the huddle, yelling at us, telling us we're not out of this, we're going to win this game. That's what is good about having a bunch of veterans."

"We've had huge wins here, but this one is definitely right up there with the others."

"We had to stay in striking distance so we could make that Arizona run."

Freshman Isaiah Fox:
"We came out in the second half with a lot of fire and got a lot of good bounces. That was the best comeback I've ever been a part of."

"In the second half we wanted to play tough man-to-man defense. That was the technical adjustment we wanted to make. But we just wanted to Bear Down and play hard."

"Luke (Walton) can do everything out there. If he doesn't have the ball, he'll make a cut or do something else to make things happen."

Freshman Will Bynum:
"It was a big win for us. We came out in the second half and put a lot of pressure on them (UCLA) and got the crowd back into the game."

"We never gave up today and that is what let us back in the game. They (UCLA) were hitting some wide-open shots. Our defense was allowing their offense to get wide-open looks and they didn't seem to miss."

"We knew that we had to turn up our defense in the second half. Our defense gave us a spark that got us the win."

"UCLA came out strong and we didn't expect them to do that. We came out sluggish because we were still thinking about the USC win, but we were able to rebound from our slow start. The crowd made a big difference in our comeback."

Freshman Channing Frye:
"Our team really turned up the defense in the second half. We stayed in the game and didn't put our heads down when we were behind. We stayed aggressive throughout the game."

"This game was the most exciting game I have ever played in. The crowd was just ridiculous. I have never been in a game when the fans were that loud. After I made a dunk and got the foul I didn't think I was going to make the free-throw I was so pumped."

"To have great fans who stay for the whole game is a big factor. No one left the game when we were down by 20. Our fans stuck behind us and we were able to deliver a win for them."

"It feels great to get a big win like this. Our team really appreciates our fans and how they support us no matter what."

Junior Rick Anderson:
"UCLA was just hitting their shots. They came out to start the game on fire and we were a little slow at responding and slowing down their momentum."

"The crowd was unbelievable for us. The fans could see that we needed an extra spark out there and helped us keep up the intensity."

"Coach Olson told us that we needed to keep playing defense and not give up. He told us that we needed to play harder and keep putting pressure on them defensively."

"It was hard to defend UCLA at times because we have smaller guards. Our 'little guys' did a great job defending today. They put a lot of pressure on the perimeter and were able to cause some turnovers. I am really proud of this team."

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