March 10, 2007
Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett
Opening remarks: "It got real interesting but it was hard for us to break USC down off the dribble defensively. It was a real challenge for us but I think we can learn from it. They're just a good team that we played today and we didn't have our A game going defensively or offensively. Like I said, we're vulnerable when we're not playing right. They were just the better team tonight."
On the NCAA tournament as a consolation prize: "I told these guys that we can learn from this and that it's not the end of our season. The past three years that I've been here, when we lost in the Pac-10, we were done. Hey, we get another day of rest so we'll look at it positively that way."
On what he will take from this game: "It's always a reminder that if we're not locked in defensively that we are vulnerable. That kind of alertness and readiness to start a game is important especially when you go up against such athleticism. We were just hanging on for dear life for a stretch in that first half. After that, they were going, but hopefully we'll learn from that. I don't know if we were patient enough. I don't think we got enough touches for Aron Baynes but I think that they did a nice job of collapsing on him this time."
On what he felt lost the game for Washington State: "We didn't get as many points from our interior or bench. I just wish that we got a few more touches for Aron (Baynes) and maybe Robbie (Cowgill) but again, coach Tim Floyd did a good job of making it hard for us."
Washington State junior guard Derrick Low
On the game in general: "USC is a great shooting team and their guards can really light it up. They started out strong, got hot and just kept it going and built up a nice cushion throughout the game tonight. Lodrick Stewart is a great shooter and Gabe Pruitt is great too-they're both awesome shooters and if you give them one or two wide open looks, they're really going to make you pay."
Washington State sophomore guard Taylor Rochestie
On what he can take away from the loss: "We can learn from every game we play whether it's a win or a loss. You can't let good shooters get so hot in the first half. We knew it would be tough and it's not going to get any easier in the NCAA Tournament."
On how he thinks the loss will affect NCAA seeding: "They'll do what they do. We can't control that. We're a tough team though and we'll be ready for anything they throw at us or any city they want to put us in."