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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/5/2006
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/06/2006
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson

 

“[The loss] was a combination that every time they got a decent look, they made the shot.  The second thing was that we made too many mistakes on defensive penetration.  There were far too many penetrations, and 95 percent of them were right-handed drives.  We needed to take the right-handed drive away from them, especially with the smaller guards they have.  It’s difficult for a smaller guard to convert [a lay-up] going with the off hand.”

 

“There is no question that whenever UCLA got an open look they knocked it down, and we didn’t do a good job stopping their penetration. They shot the lights out and played very hard and very well.  Their inside guys were much more active than they were in the past, and they handled the pressure well.”

 

“Last week we [won] two games on the road, and then gave on up at home.  Now we have to do our job on Saturday [and defeat USC].”

 

Chris Rodgers was a thorn in UCLA’s side all night, and Marcus Williams continues to play like a veteran.”

 

“Offensively, we are a much better team when we’re aggressive and driving.  We settled for too many jumpers.  We forced 23 turnovers, which is the good news, but the bad news is that we had 18 ourselves.”

 

“This game is about how well they played, not how poorly we did.  We played well, but they played great.”

 

Kirk Walters came in and did a good job.  He’s getting more aggressive, and he’s a lot more active and tougher out there.”

 

 

Arizona Student-Athlete Quotes

 

Arizona Freshman Forward Marcus Williams

 

“We had a run going there at the end. We had the game in our hands. There were certain things that just kept going their way: loose balls, offensive rebounds. They made a lot of tough shots, too. That shot [Arron] Afflalo made against me fading away, there was nothing I could do.”

 

“We emphasized in practice and in the locker room that we had to come out fast. Ivan kind of carried us in the beginning and everyone else was slumping. Something has got to be fixed soon. We’ve got a game Saturday We’ve got to come out playing good early.”

 

“We’ve got to focus on the things we do well. We have to attack the basket and come out with intensity. We’ve got to know that in the Pac-10 every game counts.”

 

“Penetration was killing us in the first half. [Jordan] Farmar’s shot before half was big. They kept getting into the lane and getting lay-ups or fouled.”

 

Arizona Junior Forward Ivan Radenovic

 

“I talked to Coach [Lute Olson] about playing with emotion and shot selection. I stepped in and made some shots early.”

 

“We didn’t contain their penetration. That killed us tonight. Overall, I thought our offense was okay. We’ve won a lot of games playing defense and I think we can still do that.”

 

Arizona Senior Guard Chris Rodgers

 

“All the guys will have to look at film and realize what we did. It’s important to protect our home court. We made a lot of mistakes down the stretch.”

 

“We need to play with more intensity. We did that in the last seven minutes or so.”

 

Arizona Senior Guard Hassan Adams

 

”They played great. I can’t take anything away from them. They shot 60 percent from the floor in both halves. Things just kept going their way. We had our hands up on their shots and they still knocked them down.”

 

“We needed to come out playing harder early. We made a lot of runs and they kept answering. They came out and made shots. Everything went their way.”

 

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