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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/07/2002
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Feb. 7, 2002

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson

"A win is a win, but we didn't play as smart as we should have played. We got an excellent performance out of Channing Frye. He was very active, and I am very pleased with that. His confidence is up, he is strong, and he is doing a good job of going after the ball. We also got a consistent effort out of Salim Stoudamire. Our two best players tonight were Channing (Frye) and Salim (Stoudamire). I have a hard time saying that we got the same consistency at other spots."

"We cannot shoot 55 percent from the line. We had several opportunities to put them away with our free throws, but we did not do it when we had the chance."

"I am concerned because things are winding down. This is not December. We are getting closer and closer to where every possession and every game will determine whether we continue our season. We need to have better concentration. We have to get a full-blown effort both mentally and physically from everyone."

"Michael Schwertley gave us a good effort tonight. He really plays hard in practice, and he will get more minutes. If we can't maintain our concentration and effort at that spot (forward), then we are going to cut back on people's minutes. Mike definitely is going to have a chance to play more."

Washington Head Coach Bob Bender

"Our team should not hang their heads. We put together a great effort. It was our inability to shoot free throws that cost us the game."

"Our team knows that it isn't fun losing these games. We did manage to get the ball inside. In this building you can have a night where you hit threes and then they sprint ahead. We kept battling back with good defense."

"The key to the game is that Arizona got second shot opportunities. They got big rebounds. We wanted to guard Jason Gardner face to face. We wanted to take away his defender. I think that we made him work for his shots tonight."

"We need to bring the same effort that we had in this game into Saturday's game against Arizona State. We have to play against them at the same pace."

"Will Conroy had one of his best performances tonight. He played with a lot of confidence tonight. He played well on both ends. Doug (Wrenn) didn't start because he was late to practice. He knows that if you are a starter and you are late to practice then you don't start. He didn't hang his head, he still had a good game."

Arizona Player Quotes

Forward Dennis Latimore

"It felt good to get the win tonight and put us back into the front of the Pac-10 race. Our intensity wasn't there tonight. They (UW) are a team that don't give up and we weren't able to blow them out."

"Washington played hard. They did a lot of little things to get us out of our game. They are a team that can come back quick."

"As a team we didn't have too good of a week of practice. You play how you practice and it showed tonight."

"We need to pick it up for Saturday's game. We have to play as a team for a full forty minites and not have any let downs.

"We can't let up. We have to learn how to play hard no matter who we are playing for the full game."

Center Channing Frye

"We didn't come out and play the way we should have tonight. Some games you just don't have it, and tonight was one of those games for our team."

"We have (Washington State) coming in on Saturday, but nothing gets easy for us. They (WSU) are a good team who are looking to upset someone."

"Our team can't take anyone lightly. We can't let up. We need to work on our concentration and stay in the game until it is over."

Forward Rick Anderson

"Concentration wasn't there for us tonight. We have no excuses missing free-throws, and we weren't able to do that tonight."

"The "Juniors" weren't able to come through tonight down the stretch. We need to provide that leadership the entire game and not let up."

"I felt like the game was sloppy out there tonight. We need to limit our mental mistakes and come out and take it to Washington State on Saturday."

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