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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 2/17/2005
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/18/2005
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“The defense created a lot of options for us tonight. I think we had 20 deflected shots and anytime you have that many, it will cause turnovers.”

 

“It was a great job by (Chris) Rodgers on both ends. He had nine assists and no turnovers. Because of how people play Salim (Stoudamire), it gives other players opportunities and Chris took advantage of that.”

 

“I think we played the first half with a total of two turnovers and we had 11 for the entire game. That is the first time in a long time we have had our turnovers down that low.”

 

“ (Hassan) Adams had a big second half getting passes into people and (Channing) Frye challenged people on the drive. Frye raised a lot of shots and he had seven blocks that protected the basket well. There was a good, solid performance out of (Jawann) McClellan. We had blocks out of a few more of the guys, it was a great team effort.”

 

“Once Salim (Stoudamire) had some space he knocked his shots down. For most of his shots Oregon was on him tight but overall he had a good shooting game.”

 

“The defense was the key to this game; I thought we did a nice job of that. We also did a nice job of turning their turnovers into points.”

 

“We had a poor shooting percentage in the first half but by the end of the game we got it back up in the fifties. This shows very good offense but the offense was ignited by the defense.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Center Channing Frye:

 

“I think what happened is in the first half we were trying to step it up and trying to read (Oregon). We were kind of rushing things and changing stuff up. At halftime we refocused and stepped it up.”

 

“We’ve had very good practices and I think that’s why we really played well. We work very hard in practice, and I don’t think it shows up in our games, but it did today.”

 

“We wanted to establish on the inside because they’re always going to be attacking Salim (Stoudamire).”

 

(On Kirk Walters) “I kind of taught him everything he knows. He’s growing up, and he’s going to be one of those phenomenal athletes.”

 

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

 

“It’s a matter of everybody being on the same page.”

 

“I wanted to get a dunk tonight, so I kind of cheated off my man and got the steal.”

 

“The main thing is we’re trying to win and we’re trying to continuously get better.”

 

“I was battling myself (in the first half). I was worrying about my shot instead of just letting it go.”

 

“I told Channing (Frye) he needed to be aggressive. He has to establish himself early.”

 

“When Channing (Frye) and Kirk (Walters) play well inside it really opens up the perimeter.”

 

“(Oregon State) is actually better than Oregon. We can’t come out in the first half like we did tonight and let them get an early lead. Expect us to come out a lot better early on.”

 

Junior Guard Hassan Adams:

 

“In the second half we wanted to come out in the first five (minutes) and jump on (Oregon) early.”

 

“We’re trying to work the inside-out. Channing (Frye) did what he’s supposed to do tonight.”

 

“(Oregon) was really spread out on the zone, so if I was open I’d take a shot or I’d get it to Channing (Frye).”

 

Junior Guard Chris Rodgers:

 

“I think the guys off the bench did a good job, and the starters really stepped it up.”

 

“We’re coming along. Our defense is better. We’re making is very tough for teams on offense.”

 

“OSU is a good team. They always play us very tough. We just need to go out and give a good effort.”

 

“I’m just going to come ready to play every day and play hard and play my complete game while I’m out there.”

 

“The guys did a really good job of helping me out as far as completing shots.”

 

“I thought Channing (Frye) did a great job. He made himself big and we were able to get some easy buckets. (Oregon is) a little small on the inside, so we wanted to get Channing a lot of easy touches.”

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