Dec. 22, 2010
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"We beat a very good team tonight. I've watched Robert Morris' games against Pittsburgh and West Virginia, two of the top teams in the nation, and I think that those games went very differently for them tonight. Our ten point lead at half was definitely earned. Robert Morris is a team that uses their size to their advantage as much as possible. On offense they do a good job at moving the ball, and have a number of guys who can drive the ball to the basket. We had to keep the defense tight, especially on their perimeter. The defense we had tonight was the defense we've had most of the season, but when we don't have it, it's noticeable."
"In the second half we were very unselfish with the ball, and it hopped around each position that led to some very good shots. This is the best we've played in some time, and I think that came from the NC State win. We got some of our confidence back, and brought that in to tonight."
"There are times where you can win a game, but still know in the back of your mind that there is one thing that we're struggling with, and for us that's defensive rebounds. If we keep having those problems, then it will be bad come conference play. Tonight we corrected that a bit, having our guards help block out, but we need to continue working on that."
"We played well in the last non-conference game, and now we have a few days off before we go on the road to face Oregon and Oregon State."
"Jesse Perry was close to getting twenty points tonight, but he missed a couple uncharacteristic free throws late in the game. He's a very aggressive player that can get fouled, and I really like how he's developed on and off the court. It's more difficult to beat a team with aggressive players like Perry, or Kevin Parrom, or Brendon Lavender."
"I have to give Brendon Lavender a lot of credit. He came in and played point guard tonight, because Jordin Mayes got sick. He tried to play through it in the first half, but it just hit him all at once, so we put Lavender in at point. He's our third, but you wouldn't know that with the way he stepped into that role tonight. He did a very good job."
"I like what I've seen for us in the non-conference, especially with the way we handled this win tonight. Now our goal is to do better in the Pac-10 than we did a year ago. The familiarity will be greater, and every road trip is going to be difficult. We are going in the right direction, and we're just going to have to be ready to go after the break."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Forward Jesse Perry
On when he found out he was starting:
"I don't know, I guess yesterday in practice. I was practicing with `team one' yesterday, so I guess that's when I found out. It doesn't really matter if I'm starting or not, the guys coming off the bench have to play their roles too, so it's nothing different."
On choosing Arizona:
"I wanted to come somewhere where I had the opportunity to play with big time players and play at the highest level. I wanted a challenge every day in practice and that's what I get here. I'm very happy with my decision."
Sophomore Forward Derrick Williams
On the fast start to the second half:
"That's what we wanted to do. We started fast with a 12-2 run and it gave us a lot of confidence that carried us the rest of the way."
Junior Guard Kyle Fogg
On moving into conference play:
"It feels good to put this preseason behind us. We're 11-2 and we did a nice job with our non-conference schedule. We have to enjoy our holiday and get ready to go to Oregon."
On his improved shooting night:
"I've been putting up a lot of bricks in the last couple of games but the team has stuck with me and so have the coaches. I've been in the gym every night this week trying to get my shot back. The guys were still looking for me, so it's nice to know that they still have confidence in me even when I didn't have confidence in myself. If I keep putting in hard work, I'm sure my shot will be fine."