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Post-Game Quotes: Washington State vs. Mississippi Valley State
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/14/2009
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Nov. 14, 2009

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Washington State vs. Mississippi Valley State - Nov. 13, 2009 - Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court)

Final Score: WSU 94, MVSU 66

Head Coach Ken Bone

Overall impressions of the game...
"Like the LCSC game the other night, I like the way we shared the ball, Reggie Moore had six assists, we had 20 as a team. I think that's really important. I think our guys were playing very unselfish in regards to trying to screen and get guys open. Mississippi Valley's really quick, quicker than we are and I don't think our guys are used to trying to get their teammates open against quick teams like that. Sometimes we had a hard time getting open, but I liked our effort in regards to screening and I thought our effort on the boards was outstanding, especially with Abe Lodwick, DeAngelo Casto and Nik Koprivica."

On Klay Thompson's play...
"That was pleasing and I think I've mentioned this before, that Klay's been doing a great job of attacking the glass in practice. We're trying to get him to be more of a multi-dimensional scorer, not just a shooter. He's continually getting better and better at that."

On the team's defense...
"Sixty-six points is a little bit more than I thought we would give up tonight. But they're an improved team, they're not the same team they were last year. They're quicker and they're a better shooting team and they hit some 3's tonight, but our defense was decent at times. I think the biggest issue is we're not used to guarding guys that quick."

On the play of Reggie Moore and Xavier Thames...
"Those two guys did a good job. I think they're playing confident, which is good to see. As a team we need to take care of the ball better. Nineteen turnovers, I'm glad it wasn't on TV, have Dick Bennett watching it in Wisconsin, that would be embarrassing."

Redshirt Sophomore Guard/Forward Abe Lodwick On the change of his role this season... "I'm really excited. The last two years I spent most of the time on the bench watching guys like Daven Harmeling and Caleb Forrest do kind of the same things that are expected of me this year. I've learned from the best. I'm excited just to be on the court with these guys and be in a new system with a new coach and get a fresh start."

Sophomore Forward DeAngelo Casto

On being too unselfish as a team...
"We'll get a better feel for the game and we'll get a better feel for what Coach is trying to tell us to do or get us to do. At first we're going to give up some shots and try and find an open man, but as we play more with each other we'll figure out what shots to take."

On the team's rebounding...
"I think everybody contributed to that, we had a lot of tip outs and just kept the ball alive, so I was able to get some (rebounds), Abe was able to get some, Charlie was able to get some. Even some of the guards came back and got some, so I think it was a good team effort on the glass."

Sophomore Guard Klay Thompson

On the upcoming game against Eastern Washington...
"I don't know much about them, but I think they'd be pretty fired up playing a Pac-10 school on the same side of the state of them. I think they'll be excited and we'll be ready for it."

Senior Guard Nikola Koprivica

On the difference in this year's MVSU team from the past two years...
"This was like a completely different team than the last two years. I think they were the best team this year. They're a good team and I think we played well."

Freshman Guard Reggie Moore

On the quickness of MVSU's guards...
"I think it was really important because they got us ready for the Pac-10, what we're going to see with the Washingtons and the Cals and the teams with quick guards out there. So it was good for our team."

On his debut...
"It was alright, we could have done better, but there were a couple of lapses on defense I would say. For the most part...we came out with the win, so it was good."

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