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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/17/2009
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Washington State vs. Eastern Washington -
Nov. 16, 2009 - Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court)
Final Score: WSU 67, EWU 61

WSU Head Coach Ken Bone
Overall on the game...
"They did a great job of playing 40 minutes tonight. I wish we would have, but the credit goes to them. Coach Earlywine did a nice job, again, getting those guys to play hard, just like they did the other night against Portland. They're a good team."

On the early comeback...
"We had a good defensive unit out there at that time. They were playing with a lot of energy, they were following our scout pretty well, understanding what Eastern Washington was trying to execute. And we executed pretty well defensively during that time."

On making free throws late...
"That is a huge positive. When the game is on the line, you've got to step up and make some free throws. I was proud of the fact that we were able to do that."

On Klay Thompson...
"Klay is, in my mind, he's a future pro, and he's going to be a pro because of the fact that he can shoot the ball from deep. It's nice to have him on your side."

On the slow start...
"I was disappointed in our approach to the game and I thought we prepared them, we talked about it and talked about it and showed them video and explained that Eastern Washington, they might be in the Big Sky, but they're going to play hard. They're a good ball club and they always execute things extremely well on the offensive end. Sure enough in the first six or eight minutes, they kind of took it to us and they should have. We did not bring the energy we needed to to compete with them and we're not good enough to get away with that."

On the defensive play of Marcus Capers on Benny Valentine...
"Benny is a great shooter and for him to go 1-for-7 from the field, here's a kid who's capable for going for 30, he can really get it going. Marcus, once again, had a great presence on the defensive end. The last couple of possessions it was huge, but he moves his feet well and he's long and he just has a great body to defend the perimeter."

On the type of experience a close game provides a young team...
"It is good for us, I mean, we won the game, came out ahead, which is huge. It was good that we were able to play against a team that played as hard as they did. That's what we talked about in the locker room. We aren't used to it because we don't practice like we want to, as far as the staff wants the kids to. We need to play with more energy so we're prepared to play with kids like that."

Sophomore Guard Klay Thompson
On shooting when the shots aren't falling...
"Yeah, obviously, I mean, if you're a basketball player, you never turn down shots if it's a good shot. Especially if you have almost a green light, you're going to keep being aggressive and try to put the pressure on the defense."

On the team's play...
"I thought we could have played much better. We'll watch film in practice and there's a lot we need to improve on, but I thought we could have broken it open a little bit more and we'll need to get better at doing that and finishing teams off like that. We'll look to improve and get better in practice."

"We might have been a little lackadaisical at the beginning of the first half. We missed some free throws tonight that I thought we should have made. We're just going to take reps in practice and we're just going to try and focus on every possession of every game."

On the positives of playing a close game...
"Give credit to Eastern Washington, they really executed their plays and their offense. It helped us grow as a team, it's almost better than beating a team by 20 or 30 because we learn how to play down the stretch and stay confident and take care of the ball."

Sophomore Guard Marcus Capers
On EWU's Benny Valentine...
"He's pretty quick and Coach wanted me to know that he was going to get his shot off. He told me before the game he was capable for going for 30 points. I felt like that was a challenge. Towards the end of the game it was just the grit, he wasn't going to outplay me and I felt like I had to lock him down to win, so that's what I did."

On scoring one point...
"This game they told me I need to lock down Valentine and that's my main focus, but nobody wants to go out there and not take any shots, but my main focus was locking Valentine down and that's where my head was the whole time. If they need me to score, I'll score, if they need me to play defense, that's what I'm here for."

Freshman Guard Reggie Moore
On stepping up when Klay Thompson struggled...
"Klay was struggling, but we all told him to just keep shooting. They were playing us pretty tight, so I felt like I could get to the lane pretty easy, when somebody's that close up on you they're pretty easy to go around."

"I love to pass the ball, especially to Klay, I mean, he's shooting, and about 90 percent of the time it seems, it goes in, but sometimes you need to take a different role to get the win."

On what the team needs to work on...
"Just coming out hard. I feel like if we, about five minutes into the game, I think that's when we actually started playing. I feel like if we would have come out like that, the outcome would have been alot different."

On whether they took a light approach to Eastern Washington...
"I wouldn't say we took them lightly. We knew what they had, we knew what they could do. We watched film and had a lot of scouting reports on them. I don't know what it was, but we didn't take them lightly at all."

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