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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 12/11/2004
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/11/2004
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

 

“Utah did a great job of totally taking Salim (Stoudamire) out of the offense. But on the other hand, we did a great job on (Marc) Jackson. When that happens to Salim, other guys have to step up.”

 

“It was great to see Ivan (Radenovic) getting back and being able to play. He was huge for us. He’s an offensive threat, and he did a great job defensively. He and Channing (Frye) did a great job on (Andrew) Bogut.”

 

“(Andrew) Bogut is a handful, but I thought we did a good job. We forced him into six turnovers on the inside. He’s a player. He knocked down three of four three-pointers, and that created a problem for us. He has a big body, and he uses both hands well.”

 

“We got a lot more pressure on the ball and a lot more pressure on passes. We were forcing turnovers in the stretch and we had some great passes.”

 

“The way they were defending in the second half gave us the opportunity to get the ball into the high post. But we still need to get our low postmen into the action.”

 

“(Utah was) not going to get into an up and down game unless they had an advantage on the break, which they did early.”

 

“We said no perimeter looks (from Marc Jackson). If he’s going to score, he’s going to score on the drive.”

 

“I thought our defense was solid. Key game stats have to do with possessions. We had four more possessions off turnovers and five more off offensive rebounds. Nine more possessions will make the difference in a game like this.”

 

Chris Rodgers’ four free throws down the stretch was vital.”

 

“When you force a turnover or draw a charge, things like that really ignite the whole team.”

 

“We knew (Utah) was going to try to control the tempo because that’s their game. We felt they would zone. We thought it would be a steady-paced game. We tried to force the action early and made some big-time mistakes off the press.”

 

“If we lose Channing (Frye) we lose a huge part of our inside offense. We try to get to halftime with no more than two fouls on anyone.”

 

“Our post guys need to be much, much more active on screening and creating gaps. You can’t just stand around.”

 

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Center Channing Frye:

“I think we played our style of play.  We should have scored more, but we got a win, and that is all that matters.”

 

“It was a tough game.  We were down for most of it, but we stuck together and played well.”

 

“It was fun to play with someone my height.  He (Andrew Bogut) is good and very talented, but I had to win on my home court.  I wish him a lot of luck in the future.”

 

“Defensively, we struggled a little bit.  I like to score 70 to 80 points a game, but today was tougher.  We got the win and that’s what matters.”

 

Junior Guard Hassan Adams:

“They (Utah) were a good team.  They played together as a solid team.  They were grinding it in there the whole game.”

 

“It was a team effort for all of us.  Salim (Stoudamire) was being played very tough today.  The rest of us had to step up.  Everyone is good and play.  It’s situations like these when we come together.”

 

“They (Utah) weren’t boxing me out.  I got a lot of put backs today.  The mentality is to get in there to the ball.  If you can’t get the shot, then I try to tip it out to one of my teammates.”

 

Junior Guard Chris Rodgers:

“We were still trying to find our rhythm at the beginning of the game.  We had some good looks, and my teammates played well today.  I just try to get in the zone of the game once I am put in.”

 

“A lot of teams will try the zone defense on us because we are so quick, but we have a lot of good shooters.”

 

“I always want to lift up my teammates when I come into the game.  I want to be able to put them in a place to succeed.”

 

“A game like this teaches our team how play tougher.  When I’m out there, I try to play aggressively on offense and defense.”

 

Sophomore Forward Ivan Radenovic:

“We just need to get in the game and do what we do well.  That is what will help us play tougher.”

 

“He (Andrew Bogut) is a difficult player.  We tried to double team him and box him out.  He is a great rebounder.  It isn’t that he’s physical, but he is more skilled.”

 

“I just do the things that I can.  I am healthy and I got in the game.  We played with them for a full game.  It was a very physical game.  I took a couple of three-point shots.  I am more confident now that I am hitting my shots.

 

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