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Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 09, 2002
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Feb. 9, 2002

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"When we're out in the lanes denying and pressuring the basketball, we cause a lot of mistakes. Our defensive effort was much more consistent tonight, but we need to get more movement offensively. It was good that we got some of our reserves in at the end."

"I was very pleased with Michael Schwertley. He made a huge difference off the bench with his defensive quickness and anticipation. He did an excellent job of chasing down rebounds."

"Luke (Walton) had an outstanding game from beginning to end, and I was pleased to see that he only had one turnover to go with his four assists. The juniors really took charge down the stretch like we need them to do."

"At this point, there is no room for error. We have our work cut out for us next week at USC and UCLA. We are going to have to play at least as well as we played at California and Stanford if we are going to come out with two wins. We are going to have our hands full the rest of the way. We have had enough tough games to know what we need to do down the stretch."

Arizona Player Quotes

Forward Rick Anderson
"We came out and played confident tonight. Our defense was kind of shaky and we could have executed a little better."

"Luke had a sensational game. We came out and played with a lot more emotion. We had a lot more energy."

"Next week is going to be huge for us. It is going to be nice to return home and play against two of the top teams in the conference. We are going to have to work hard to get a pair of wins on the road."

Forward Michael Schwertley
"I went out there and played as hard as I could for the team. I got a shot to play more minutes and I tried to bring some energy off the bench."

"We have a big week ahead of us. We need to come out fired up and play hard to stay on top of the Pac-10."

Guard Salim Stoudamire
"Our team played pretty consistent tonight. We need to focus on the games ahead of us and worry about winning."

"We need to focus more on playing forty minutes of basketball each game. They (Washington State) were able to get on the boards because we mentally weren't in every play."

Forward Luke Walton
"We have two big games against UCLA and USC coming up, and we need to be ready to play and keep our momentum going."

"My shot was falling for me tonight, partly because they (Washington State) was playing off me and giving me open looks."

"It feels great to be in first place. It means a lot to be on top right now especially when everyone didn't expect us to be a dominant force in the Pac-10 Conference."

Center Channing Frye
"Tonight was a real fun game for us. Some of our players who don't get to play were able to get some minutes."

"We did a lot of things right tonight. Our defense took care of business and we were able to get into passing lanes."

"Sometimes we are up real big on teams and we are not able to put them away. We let team hang around when we should put teams done and keep them down."

Washington State Head Coach Paul Graham
"Arizona was fortunate enough to get off to a good start. I feel that we had a better start tonight than we've had in awhile. I told the team that this is a hard place to play. Our team competed hard but Arizona got the win. Our team played hard and that's all that I can ask for."

"Mike Bush took his time with his shot tonight. He had a good game tonight. He finished the game with 23 points. I'm glad that J Locklier had a double-double tonight. I was upset that he wasn't getting calls tonight. He was laying on the floor and the refs didn't say anything."

"In the first half Arizona shot 14 free throws. We got behind and couldn't catch up and then that was the ball game. Arizona was doubling Locklier and he had to get rid of the ball quick."

"We need to go home and play well. Our next games are against Cal and Stanford. We believe that we can win those games. We are still in a position to go to the tournament."

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