Feb. 3, 2012
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Head Coach Sean Miller:
On the game
"I look at Cal as the best team in our conference only because they have earned the right to be called that. They have been the most consistent team since day one and they are extremely well coached. It is very difficult to be here in this arena, but I feel like our team, whether we won tonight or not, played with a lot of energy and heart. That is what you want your team to do when you are dealt a lot of blows, really. Not only did we lose Kevin [Parrom], but we lost a home game to Washington. Kyle Fogg did a great job as did a number of players. I thought our energy was what it needed to be to have a chance to win and fortunately, the ball bounced the right way for us, which that might have been the first time in quite a while. Jordin Mayes, on the other hand, he may have broken his foot, so we'll take the win and we'll cross our fingers and hope Jordin is okay."
On Angelo Chol's game
"You know, that was Angelo's best game that he has played. We really needed him more and we talked about it in the pregame where he takes over for Kevin [Parrom]'s role. What we decided to do is play bigger at times and Angelo caught a couple passes and dunked the ball to show what a talented player he is. But more importantly, there is not a kid that deserves to play well more than Angelo. He is our hardest worker and he's going to have this opportunity here over the next four to six weeks to have an increased role. Hopefully, he will respond the way he did, tonight."
On Kyle Fogg's defense on Allen Crabbe
"It is a team effort, and there were a lot of players to help, there. One of the things we wanted to do was pressure the ball because if you don't pressure the ball against Cal, they can really pick you apart because they are so skilled with how they move the ball. To hold them to what we held them to is big and something we can hang our hats on is the 1-for-8 shooting from three-point range. When you can hold a team to 1-for-8 from three's and only 16 free-throw attempts, that is pretty good. Our defense is in place, and the difference tonight, was that we had some offense."
On his team's excellent three-point shooting
"They really turned the defensive intensity up in the second half, and there were times when our offense reflected that. That was more of a turn for them and less of a worry for us. When you are playing in front of a crowd like that, against a quality team, they are going to make their run and do it with defense, which they did. From an offensive perspective, we fought through and I thought Kyle [Fogg]'s shot from the right wing, it was the game-winner tonight, but we have had that shot a number of times and tonight it went in."