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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 12/21/2004
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Release: 12/22/2004
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December 21, 2004

 

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

 

“I was so pleased with the way we got the ball to the open man. We were selective with our shots.”

 

“I think the main thing is we really moved the ball well.”

 

“This was a great sendoff. (The team) will really enjoy the time off and I’m sure they’d really like to spend some time with their families.”

 

“When you get steals, usually that means you get an easy shot at the other end. 16 turnovers is a lot, but on the other hand we shot the ball very well.”

 

“Defensively, I think this is probably the best defensive team we’ve ever had. This could be our best defensive team with our quickness and our depth.”

 

“I thought we did a great job moving the ball. I think we have a great shooting team. We just have to be patient and get the open look.”

 

“Defensively, we were good again. We gave up far too many penetrations.”

 

“It was great to get a game like this when everyone can get some time. I’m pleased with the progress we’re making.”

 

“It’s been good for us to play the schedule we’ve played. It allows us to see the things we need to work on. The competition in practice is very intense every day. That’s how you get better: playing good teams that pressure you.”

 

“I think we’re going to be a good shooting team. We just need to have confidence and move the ball to the open man.”

 

“(Salim Stoudamire) had a great game and the shots that he took were his shots. He’s an unbelievable shooter. He was enthusiastic tonight. He was really pulling for the other guys while he was on the bench.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes:

 

Senior Center Channing Frye:

 

On Salim Stoudamire’s performance:

“That was him trying to stay on himself.  This was his chance to rekindle his aggressiveness.” 

 

“We established the inside game so we could kick it back outside.  We knew they weren’t as tall inside.  We just wanted to be aggressive and establish our presence so we could get open shots outside.  Everyone was more driven at passing.”

 

“I am very proud of our team for going up big early in the game.  We all stepped up and tried to come out and make a statement.  I think it’s the little things that we need to work on.  We do a lot of things well, but we need more consistency.”

 

“We are very hungry for next week, but I’m looking forward to going home and spending Christmas with my family for now.”

 

Freshman Guard Daniel Dillon:

“Everyone was pumped up and playing well.  It was a good win.  It was great for the freshmen to come in and get some minutes.  It helps build our confidence.”

 

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

“It was very tough to sit out against Marquette.  I felt like I let my team down.”

 

“The school record wasn’t that big of a deal to me.  I wanted it, but I will have another chance later.  They put me back in, but I just threw up a shot and realized it wasn’t worth it tonight.”

 

“It was a goal of ours to score over 100 points, and we did it tonight.  We’ve been working on shooting drills, and it showed tonight.”

 

“Regardless of if I play well or not, I just want to have fun.  I felt like I was shooting well tonight, so I kept taking my shots.”

 

Junior Center Isaiah Fox:

“Even though we have some good wins and we are on a little streak, it’s important for us score like that.  We’ve been playing great defense all season.  We just needed to show that our offense is still there.”

 

“We did a good job moving the ball around.  We have too high-powered offensively to not have a game like this.  With Salim (Stoudamire) back, it helped having an outside shooter like him in the game.”

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