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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/11/2009
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Jan. 11, 2009

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Washington State Cougars
WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett
On the game...
"I thought, what it comes down to is, you have to be able to make some plays down the stretch, both offensively and defensively. There's just a few plays that were made that had been lacking. To win a game shooting 34, 35 percent, your defense has to keep you in there. We were far from perfect, but again, the plays were made on both ends of the floor and that's what's required to win in a league like this."

"It was a hard-played game. It was just a great atmosphere. It was nice to have more of the students back and it got loud in there. I thought DeAngelo really energized the crowd with his life, his hustle plays. We need every advantage we can get."

On Taylor's shot at the end of the game...
"It was probably a little easier this time than shooting it over the Lopez twins (last season). But actually it was a tough shot."

On attacking the basket...
"We have a rule when our guards rebound, if it's particularly Klay or Taylor, or if Marcus is in there. Those three inparticular, if they get a rebound, go and attack, but just make good decisions on the end of it if it's not there. Anytime we can just try and get an easy basket, like I said, free throws, offensive rebounds or in transition, that's significant for us with our troubles scoring in the half court. I thought we got a couple of nice follows and a couple nice post moves out of it at least. When you're not scoring, it puts a lot of pressure on your defense. When you get a couple of baskets like that, it's amazing how your defense gets a little more life."

WSU Guard Klay Thompson
On the dunk...
"Caleb got the hustle play...I just saw a fast break opportunity. The Stanford players kept backing up, so I just wanted to finish ...I didn't know if he was going to take the charge and he didn't commit to me either. It felt great, obviously. I had a lot of adrenaline after that dunk and I think it was a big momentum shifter too. I've never had a better feeling in a game, other than a game-winning shot or something, but it felt really good."

On the win...
"It gives us a lot of confidence. Stanford is a good team. They can play with anybody. To beat a team like Stanford makes us know we're capable of playing with anybody. It feels great and also allows, with our bench players, it gives them more confidence. It lifts their confidence and helps us play at a higher level."

WSU Guard Taylor Rochestie
On Klay Thompson's dunk...
"I'm just happy that happened. It really was a big momentum shift. I thought we really needed it. It woke up the crowd, it woke up our team and it got the adrenaline pumping, so that's why I'm happy."

On getting the ball in Rochestie's hands at practice this week...
"Statistically, we won this game. I think it helped a little bit but I think he (Coach Bennett) was just trying to mix things up a little bit. I thought Aron Baynes did a great job of sprinting out and setting screens tonight. It was up to me just to make a play and find these guys. They were making plays all night, especially defensively we were just clicking and got our first (Pac-10) win."

On the win at home...
"Well, first off, to establish a home-court advantage. It's important for me to win at home, it's important for our team to win at home, get the fans going, get the crowd built up, just make teams more feared to come in here and play on our home court. We have to protect our home so when we go on the road we can steal a few wins. To get a win is huge, for the young guys to know we can do it, for the whole team to know we can come back down eight at half. We realize the Pac-10 is 40 minutes and this win took us 40 minutes."

On the freshmen Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto...
"I think they bring some excitement. They bring some athleticism we were lacking last year. We need players to step up and make big plays, even when they're unexpected. You're not going to count on blocks like that to win the game, but if you can get them, that's huge. They're playmakers and these guys are used to winning, so if we can get back on that winning track, they'll start feeling that more and we'll get back into a rhythm and try and get a couple of wins."

Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
On the game...
"I thought that we played fairly good defense we just had a few lapses in the defense."

"For us it's a learning experience, we had guys that had not played much and were in the position to take the last shots and unfortunately they did not fall. You learn from failure too."

"We've got a week to work on who plays and what works for the team and whoever is playing the best will play"

Stanford Forward Lawrence Hill
On the loss...
"I told Josh (Owens) it wasn't his lay-ups that made us lose the game it was a combination of us doing what we did against Washington, up eight, gave them runs and weren't the same team we were in the first half."

On Stanford's defense...
"Coach Dawkins told us we were not playing as good of defense as we thought we were and when it came down to it reality struck and they came out and hit their shots and did what they're capable of. People don't think they're a skilled team, but they are. If you cheat on defense or relax on defense they will find the open man and hit it."

Washington State Cougars Men's Basketball