Feb. 20, 2002
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"This definitely was a battle. I give ASU a lot of credit for the way they battled. ASU is a tough team, and they work hard and defend hard. They make it difficult for teams to run their plays. They did a great job of defending us. They also have great quickness at the guard spots."
"We jumped on them early, but they did a great job coming back. It was difficult for us to get great looks, but we got some help inside with Isaiah Fox, who did a nice job with 12 boards. We need to have that from those guys inside. He and Channing (Frye) were much more aggressive, and that is what it's going to take to get playing time."
"Salim (Stoudamire) did an outstanding job, and Jason (Gardner) knocked down some big shots down the stretch."
"Rick Anderson has been much more aggressive, and he showed that he can be a really good rebounder when he decides to go for it. He gave us five good offensive rebounds. But, I thought that when Luke (Walton) and Rick (Anderson) got their third foul each, they really had a hard time building a consistent offensive effort."
"We are going to get a little break at the end of the week. We still have to make sure that we are ready for next Thursday night."
Arizona State Head Coach Rob Evans
"This was a hard fought game. Arizona jumped on us and our guys fought back. Our team never gave up. Our kids played hard. We remained in a zone. We had to take guys out because they were just running out of gas."
"All of our games are physical. Oregon and USC are the most physical games. If we don't make free throws, especially on the road, it is going to be a struggle. Our focus is just on winning basketball games."
On Chad Prewitt
"He hurt his foot. He's going to have it examined when we get back. It happened when he went up for a three. Either he stepped on someone's foot or someone stepped on his."
"Curtis (Millage) is a great competitor. He's going to get better and better."