Jan. 24, 2009
Arizona Interim Head Coach Russ Pennell:
"It was an incredible win. Today's game was a great picture of what happens when you don't give up. It was a great team effort."
"Brendon (Lavender), Fendi (Onobun), and Garland (Judkinds) brought some great energy from the bench, which helped a lot."
"There were some effects from Wednesday's game that were noticeable in the first half. Everyone was discouraged with the loss. In the second half, the technical suddenly lit a fuse. We were trying to win instead of thinking about the past."
"The guys didn't back down in the end. Chase and Nick both played with 4 fouls for a long time. Because we still had a lot of time outs, we were able to switch them out with people that were still able to foul, and we knew who we needed to foul."
"The refs made the right call tonight concerning the technical. I didn't see it happen, but when I turned around, I saw Chase getting up and pushing. I didn't agree with his technical, but the refs explained it to me, and made the right call."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Forward Chase Budinger
On the comeback:
"The biggest thing I can say is that we never quit. When everyone thought we lost the game we just kept fighting, kept knocking down shots."
On the flagrant foul on Aubrey Coleman:
"He stepped on part of my face and part of my shoulder. I still have a little bit of his shoeprint on my jersey. It was without a doubt deliberate. The charge happened four or five feet in front of me and he walked over and kicked me in the face. I think it helped us out a lot. It definitely helped us. It got our team going, but it got their team going too. The crowd got really into it. Playing at home we were able to feed off the crowd, they gave us a lot of energy. It kind of shifted the momentum to us, even though we were down by 12."
"The coaches were very proud of us. They proud of the way we fought. I hope this gives us momentum and we can carry it over to the next game, and even the rest of the season."
Junior Guard Nic Wise
On the three to tie the game:
"Coach Dunlap told me to go for the three or go to the rim. I guess you could say I got tired of fouling and hoping they missed free throws, so I saw an open shot and took it. It felt good."
On Houston's pressure defense:
"When a team plays as much pressure D as they do it opens up a lot of lanes for quick guards like myself. I knew I was going to be able to do some of those things."
Junior Forward Jordan Hill
"We just never gave up. We just kept fighting. We were down nine or ten with a minute left and we just kept fighting. When Nic knocked down that unbelievable three to send it into overtime, we got together and knew we to fight hard and finish it off."