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Arizona Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/17/2004
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vs. San Diego, 11/16/2004

 

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

 

“San Diego shot the ball well in the second half. They did a good job.”

 

“The big man on the inside (Brice Vounang) destroyed us the whole game.”

 

“I thought we missed some good shots in the second half. We weren’t strong enough to finish the play.”

 

“We got good effort off the boards. We had a lot more chances than they had. We really should have been able to put it away faster. The second half we did a much better job.”

 

“We do need to finish the play a lot better and do a better job on turnovers.”

 

“When Isaiah (Fox) gets back on Thursday, we’ll get another rotation on the inside.”

 

“Everyone thought we’d be playing Tulsa on Thursday. I said that if we do win the first game, I would not be surprised to play Wright State because they’re a very veteran ball club.”

 

“I really think we should block a lot better than we did. We got a lot of deflections off passes. We put a lot of emphasis on deflections. Tonight I thought the perimeter was not a challenged pass.”

 

“Ivan (Radenovic) had an outstanding game for us. Defensively, he did a nice job with a lot of deflected passes.”

 

“Mustafa (Shakur) did a good job tonight. He worked hard the entire game.”

 

“I think this is a game Hassan (Adams) will want to forget about, but he did have eight rebounds.”

 

“We’re not a team that can rely on one guy (to score) if we’re going to be successful. We need to score from all five positions.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes:

 

Sophomore Guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“We did a good job at times. We let up the last seven minutes. We just have to get better with each game. We improved defensively but we have to be more consistent.”

 

“Guys were definitely making the extra pass, Salim (Stoudamire) especially.”

 

“We need to get better with help-defense. We have to kick teams when they are down and not let them get back in the game.”

 

“I was a good scorer in high school and I don’t think people realize that. Hassan (Adams), Salim, and Channing (Frye) all did a great job of finding me and I hit my shots.”

 

Sophomore Forward Ivan Radenovic

 

“What can I say, he’s a good player [San Diego center Brice Vounang]. We made some bad decisions on him.”

 

“We tried to front him and bring help-side defense. At times we were good. Other times we have to do a better job.”

 

“Of course, I worked hard all summer. I have more confidence. It’s not a matter of who scores for us or how much, but how we play together.”

 

“We were better on defense and offense too. We can’t take bad shots.”

 

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire

 

“We had an excellent first half but the second half was terrible.”

 

“He [Mustafa Shakur] gets everyone in their place and sets the tempo.”

 

“It was very encouraging. Channing had seven assists even though he didn’t shoot very well. It was the first game and our jitters are gone. We have to get better by Thursday.”

 

Senior Center Channing Frye

 

“It is just like what coach Rosborough said: ?'Isaiah Thomas once said when you get them down, you have to step on their neck.’”

 

“He [Mustafa Shakur] brings energy, a defensive presence, and an overall wisdom of the game. He is a big part of our team and vital to how we play. He is going to play big minutes for us.”

 

“We do have it [killer instinct] but we just have to learn to sustain it.”

 

“We were lackadaisical. We will see it on film. We just have to build from this. At least we only played bad in spurts and not for an entire half.”

 

 

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